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Notes From The Mike Shanahan Presser

Posted by Matt Terl on September 27, 2010 – 5:11 pm

Just a few notes from head coach Mike Shanahan’s press conference today.

  • The majority of injury updates — Trent Williams, Anthony Armstrong, Chris Horton — will come on Wednesday.
  • Punter Josh Bidwell “wants to play in the [Eagles] game; he feels like there’s a good chance for him to play”; he’ll undergo an MRI and be evaluated Wednesday.
  • Team will bring in “a couple of guys tomorrow” to look at, presumably in case Bidwell’s evaluation goes poorly. That decision will be finalized by Friday.

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Santana Moss Would Like More Touchdowns, Please

Posted by Matt Terl on September 27, 2010 – 2:28 pm

Talking during today’s open locker room media session, Santana Moss expressed a few of the same basic ideas as LaRon Landry and London Fletcher, about working harder and finishing plays and so on and so forth. Here, for example, is how he suggests that the team recover from Sunday’s dispiriting loss:

“Just keep working,” he said. “You know, the season ain’t made in three games. It feels like some of the things that we did on the field alone so far this year have shown us that we can be a good team. I feel like on offense, we just have to finish a couple’a plays here and there. One or two mistakes less, this drive, that drive, and just clean some of the little riff-raffs up.”

But Moss went further than the other two in assigning primary responsibility for the two losses. And he didn’t blame the defense, despite their league-low rank and consecutive games with thirty points given up. Instead Moss — coming off a 6 catch, 124 yards, 1 touchdown game and sitting tied for fifth in the NFL (with Brandon Marshall) in receiving yards — put the blame squarely on his offensive unit.
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London Fletcher Says The 3-4 Is Not To Blame

Posted by Matt Terl on September 27, 2010 – 12:18 pm

London Fletcher only spoke for a minute today in open locker room. (Literally a minute, as he started talking at 11:44 and the locker room closed at 11:45 — it shows up on my recording as 1:08 long.) Not long, especially not for Fletcher, who usually holds at least one if not multiple long Q&A sessions with the media each week. But long enough for him to describe how he felt about the loss last night.

“Extremely unacceptable,” Fletcher said, looking pained. “Very … upset. Just trying to figure out what we need to do better.”

The list of things to do better was fairly fundamental. “The only thing I know is to come to practice this week,” he said, “have better preparation, focus harder, and challenge everybody else to do the same thing. Hopefully it’ll carry over on Sunday.”

One thing Fletcher does not blame, though, is the team’s switch to a 3-4 base defense, and he cautioned observers not to blame that switch either.
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LaRon Landry Hates Losing

Posted by Matt Terl on September 27, 2010 – 10:37 am

LaRon Landry doesn’t much like losing, and it’s visible in the postgame locker room. He’s not a big one for hiding his feelings, I guess. Anyhow, here was his reaction last night when 106.7 The Fan’s beat reporter Grant Paulsen asked him what happened to the defense during yesterday’s game

“They [the Rams] put points on the board,” Landry said. “They don’t score, they don’t win. That’s our job as defenders not to let ’em score. We let ’em score. We didn’t finish strong as a whole. I don’t think we finished strong as a defense.”

And the struggles in the second half, Landry said, were for the same overall reason. “Like I said, we didn’t finish, man. That’s what it’s all about. You saw it. There’s not secret to it. We didn’t finish, that’s all it is.”

But all of that’s pretty elementary, and verges on athlete-speak. Landry’s description of what he felt like … that seemed a bit more noteworthy. Read more »

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