1:27 P.M. MDT: Settling in here … thanks to a new broadband wireless card, we are connected and on-line.
1:30 P.M. MDT: Shanahan walks in, wearing sunglasses. “When it’s fourth-and-5 and you’re at your 9-yard-line with four minutes left and you go for it and you come home and your wife hits you,” he joked. It turned out that there’s a cat at his house, and he’s allergic; thus, the shades.
1:31 P.M. MDT: Both John Lynch and Jay Cutler will undergo MRI examinations for their groin and ankle injuries, respectively.
1:32 P.M. MDT: Says for the rushing defense, the team has to “go back to the basics.”
1:33 P.M. MDT: Curome Cox was “not bad” in filling in for Lynch, Shanahan said.
1:33 P.M. MDT: Says that Simeon Rice played 37 plays on Sunday, which was 17 more than last week. Whether he plays more depends on the game situation. “We don’t want to overdo it,” he said.
1:34 P.M. MDT: Offers praise for Elvis Dumervil: “He’s stepped up and met the challenge.”
1:34 P.M. MDT: Agrees with the assessment of offensive players that the offense could be poised for a breakout, but comes back to the failure to score in the red zone from the 3-yard-line. “Either you get it done or you don’t,” Shanahan said.
1:35 P.M. MDT: Says the Colts, next Sunday’s opponent, “are playing extremely well … good on both sides.”
1:36 P.M. MDT: “Hey, smart move,” Shanahan says of Lane Kiffin’s decision to mimic the Broncos’ use of an end-game pre-field goal timeout for the Raiders in their win over Cleveland.
1:37 P.M. MDT: Said that Ryan Harris will be back on the practice field this coming Wednesday … and that there is no update on Ben Hamilton. “It’s getting a little scary now; it’s been a while … he’s still got symptoms he’s had since the first or second week (after the concussion).”
1:39 P.M. MDT: On the communications problems — he says it was between the sideline and Cutler’s helmet receiver; there was static on the signal. “It wasn’t constant, it was just inconsistent,” he said. He added that in the past those problems “never” happen at home but sometimes on the road.
1:40 P.M. MDT: “It was 20-7 after the field goal from the first drive of the third quarter … we felt like we had to get in a little bit different type of rhythm,” said Shanahan of Travis Henry’s lack of carries Sunday; he ended the day with just 11 rushes.
1:41 P.M. MDT: Said that Paul Smith will also have an MRI … and that just touching the cat caused his eye problems … and we’re out.