1:15 P.M. MST: Ordinarily I’d say we’re “just” waiting, but a compressed week means that to merely dawdle for a few minutes is to further compress a schedule that is already as tight as the strings on a tennis racquet. Take about five and a half full days of work and shove it into three, and you have the week for both the Broncos and for those of us chronicling their summits, canyons and the gently rolling hills in between. Shanahan should arrive in about 15 minutes. Click here to watch.
1:26 P.M. MST: Just a note on the team’s schedule … the special-teamers are practicing today, with the full team back on the field for work Tuesday and Wednesday before leaving for Houston. It’s a similar schedule to the one the team used prior to its Thanksgiving games of 2005 and 2006. The Broncos are 2-1 this decade playing off the short week, with wins in 2001 and 2005 at Dallas and a defeat at Kansas City in 2006. It certainly would be pleasant to cover one of these at home for a change.
1:29 P.M. MST: Off we go.
1:30 P.M. MST: On Selvin Young: “We talked to him in the fifth round, but we thought he’d get drafted. We kept communication going hoping that if he was a free agent, we’d have a chance to get him, and luckily we did … I said in preseason that it wouldn’t surprise me if he was a starter in the National Football League and would be over a 1,000-yard back. I said the same thing about Andre Hall when he got his opportunity. When guys go down, guys get opportunities. Sometimes they take advantage of it; sometimes they don’t.”
1:31 P.M. MST: When asked whether he worries about the durability of his running backs: “That’s the case in the National Football League. That’s why you need depth. Guys go down. For a back to stay healthy is a little bit unusual. We’ve been healthy for a couple of years and unlucky other years, but that’s why you need depth on your football team, and that’s why when a guy does go down you’re hoping that a guy comes up and shows you that he’s a football player. You never know for sure.”
1:32 P.M. MST: When asked whether Young could add some weight: “I don’t think he needs to put on a lot of weight. The guy’s tough as nails. He blocks in pass protection; he blocks in the open field. We’ve got him in the nickel and he takes on linebackers and gets the job done. I kind of like him where he’s at. He’s averaging 5.7 yards per carry. That’s not too bad for a young kid.”
1:33 P.M. MST: Emphasizes that Travis Henry is “going through a tough time,” but has also said that both Young and Andre Hall could be productive, 1,000-yard starting running backs with the Broncos. “You can never have too many backs.”
1:34 P.M. MST: On Mike Bell and his lack of playing time this season: “Well, there’s competition at every position. Mike was not one of our top three running backs — among the guys we talked about — and Paul Smith has played better on special teams than Mike has. That’s why Mike hasn’t been dressed. If something happened to Paul — which it has — then Mike came up and played in the Chicago game. Every game you’ve got a chance to show people what you can do if a guy goes down, and hopefully you take advantage of that opportunity when it comes.”
1:35 P.M. MST: On talking with son Kyle Shanahan, a Texans assistant: “To be honest with you, you’re so busy during the week that the time you usually talk is the night before the game, and you don’t really have time to chit-chat during the week, so it’ll probably be like we normally do. I’ll probably talk to him the night before the game and wish him some bad luck and go on.”
1:36 P.M. MST: On his son and whether he’s on path to be a head coach: “Well, you’ve got to earn your spurs. He’s got a long way to go. But I know one thing — he’s a lot further ahead than I was when I got in the NFL at 31. Just being around the game as a kid, studying it at the collegiate level and the pro level, studying it from an Xs and Os standpoint — it’s not even close.”
1:36 P.M. MST: On who his wife will cheer for: “If (Kyle) was a head coach, there’d be no question — it’d be for him. As an assistant coach, probably for us.”
1:38 P.M. MST: On the preparation for the game and some of it coming before this week: “You work extra on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, knowing that you’ve got a few extra days off after the game. Friday, Saturday and Sunday you’ve got a mini-bye week, I guess you could say, so you load it on the front side.”
1:39 P.M. MST: When asked how much he let Gary Kubiak take with him from Denver: “Oh, he’s got everything … and if I would have tried to limit it, he’s smart enough to already have it (a playbook) in his house anyhow.”
1:40 P.M. MST: On Todd Sauerbrun’s weekend arrest: “We’ll let due process take care of itself.”
1:40 P.M. MST: On the NFL’s for comments regarding the league’s substance-abuse program: “Let me put it this way: If I was driving down the street and the officer pulled me over for speeding — say, 20 miles an hour over (the limit) — and I disagreed with it, so I decided to go to court, and I went to court and the officer was the judge, I wouldn’t feel very good about it. Let’s just say the chances aren’t very good … I’m just saying that the odds aren’t very good. I saw that once on The Andy Griffith Show. I think it was Andy who pulled somebody over, and the guy complained, so (Andy) threw on his robe, listened to the guy’s complaint and didn’t beat the ticket, so it was not a good sign.
1:43 P.M. MST: On Jay Cutler’s effort: “I thought he played very well … He did a great job using his eyes a few times with coverages, knowing where he wanted to go … That comes with experience. A couple of big-time plays that young quarterbacks don’t make … Pretty impressed.”
1:44 P.M. MST: Says Brandon Marshall is “starting to be a pro … and it seems like he’s having fun doing it … he’s made tremendous strides just from the summer (training) camp, playing through injuries, playing through a little pain.”
1:44 P.M. MST: “(Marshall) has stepped up, made a number of plays this season … it’s really a credit to his ability.”
1:45 P.M. MST: On Javon Walker’s health: “Any time you’re gone as long as he’s gone after surgery, it’s tough. You want to go full speed; we had him in Chicago and it did not look like he got it loose … He looked better Friday in practice but still wasn’t full speed … when Brandon was healthy, I felt we needed two healthy receivers … It turned out pretty good for us because Glenn (Martinez) stayed healthy, and Taylor Jacobs came in and played well.”
1:46 P.M. MST: On Stokley: “With Javon being down, we had no other choice but to play Brandon (Stokley) as much as we did, and he’s really played well … Hopefully he can recover quickly to where he can play against Houston.”
1:47 P.M. MST: Believes that safety Hamza Abdullah will be okay after being hurt Sunday.
1:48 P.M. MST: And that’s it for the day.
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