1:19 P.M. MST: And we’re here waiting for Head Coach Mike Shanahan to sit down in the media room at 1:30 p.m. Above all, we await word on Jay Cutler’s MRI examination, to see if it revealed any further damage to his leg.
1:28 P.M. MST: A few more people here at the presser than there were for Shanahan’s gatherings during the last few weeks, when the Colorado Rockies were in the midst of their dramatic postseason run … This is also the first day-after presser in two weeks, since these are not held on the Tuesday following Monday night games.
1:32 P.M. MST: And we wait … seven cameras and 20, now 21 onlookers poised to go.
1:35 P.M. MST: And he’s here.
1:36 P.M. MST: The MRI on Jay Cutler’s leg was negative, revealing no stress fracture of the fibula. Shanahan said that he is “a little sore,” and that he would see what the quarterback can do at Wednesday’s practice. “Right now he’s quite sore, and we’ll see how he feels on Wednesday.”
1:37 P.M. MST: When asked whether this was a best-case scenario considering that Cutler left on a cart Sunday, Shanahan said, “Yeah, no question about it,” but acknowledged that Cutler’s leg is badly bruised.
1:37 P.M. MST: “Everybody — I don’t know!” Shanahan said, smiling, as the questions on Cutler’s potential status for next week continued to fly.
1:38 P.M. MST: On Glenn Martinez: “He’s a little bit sore — sore ribs. He’s hurting a little bit. Nothing’s broken, so that’s a good sign.”
1:39 P.M. MST: “Anytime that you have new people in there … you make a mistake here and there and all of a sudden it’s a snowball effect. That’s basically what happened.”
1:40 P.M. MST: “Right now we’ve got a lot of these guys getting treatment. I’ll get a better idea in a couple of days,” Shanahan said of the other players who were banged up Sunday — Matt Lepsis, D.J. Williams, Brandon Marshall, et. al.
1:40 P.M. MST: On the recent rash of penalties: “It’s a little bit unusual. Crowd noise had something to do with it, but we practice with crowd noise.”
1:41 P.M. MST: When asked whether he questioned the scheme, he said, “Well, we’ve adjusted already … we did it against Pittsburgh, obviously against Green Bay and this week as well. Anytime you’re not effective in something, you adjust the scheme.”
1:42 P.M. MST: Says he is satisfied with the work of Jim Bates. “Obviously … there’s work that needs to be done.”
1:42 P.M. MST: Said that Patrick Ramsey “played exceptionally well,” and cited “poor protection” from up front on the fumble that he lost for a touchdown.
1:43 P.M. MST: “If Jay’s not able to go, obviously we won’t go into the game with one quarterback,” Shanahan said of the possibility of adding another passer to the 53-man roster.
1:44 P.M. MST: “Sometimes you do have to adjust, depending on what type of team you’re playing,” Shanahan said when asked whether he would adjust the pass-protection schemes to account for the higher volume of younger players up front on the offensive line.
1:45 P.M. MST: “It’s not a magic formula … We’ll go back and work on the things we’ve done poorly,” Shanahan said.
1:45 P.M. MST: Thought Andre Hall provided “a spark” and that he was “a natural” on kickoff returns.
1:46 P.M. MST: On the AFC West race: “Well, you never know how a season’s going to go … There’s been teams 1-5 that go to the championship game. That’s just the nature of this game … You’ve just got to take it day by day. We know what we’re doing poorly. We’ve got a long ways to go. We’re not there yet.”
1:46 P.M. MST: “I think that if you ever say you’re rebuilding, you’re giving yourself an excuse for not having success right now … Do we have some young players? Yeah, but that doesn’t mean we have to rebuild … We’ve got some new people at new positions, but that doesn’t mean we’re rebuilding.”
1:48 P.M. MST: On why Mike Leach is the emergency quarterback: “He’s a smart guy … he can run the offense, he can at least hand the ball off.” Shanahan did say that it still would be a “scary situation” if the long snapper/tight end/fullback ever had to take snaps.
1:49 P.M. MST: And that’s it for today.
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