Mike Shanahan Press Conference Highlights 11.01.10

Mike Shanahan Press Conference Highlights 11.01.10
November 1, 2010, 8:19 pm
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Monday, November 1, 2010 3:45 PM
By Rich Tandler
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--Why doesn't McNabb know two-minute offense? Since the Rams game "we have not practiced the two-minute attack." He had not done it in five weeks due to lingering injury issues with McNabb.

--He had talked to McNabb earlier this week about sitting out the Detroit game due to hamstring problems.

--If a similar situation comes up after the bye, McNabb will be the quarterback, "without a question."

--Not having timeouts was a big issue.

--Shanahan said that they had decided before the game that McNabb would not play in a two-minute situation with no timeouts.

--Rex Grossman had not been practicing the two-minute offense either.

--"It was nothing against Donovan, I just thought it was the best for us."

--McNabb couldn't handle two minute offense from a "cardiovascular standpoint."

--"I'm not happy with where we are offensively." Said he told McNabb, "you've got a ways to go." Same goes for offensive line, receivers, and coaching staff. He said he is not surprised but disappointed at the lack of offensive output.

--Said that not having practiced two-minute offense was not an issue because it had been done through OTA's and training camp.

--"We all know Donovan's a franchise questerback. . .Lines of communication are open" regarding a new contract for McNabb and others whose deals will be up. "Obviously theres negotiations that go on with both sides. Time will tell, as it does with all our players."

--Only two running backs were active, and that became an issue when starter Ryan Torain went out with a hamstring pull. Said they did that because they wanted to have TE Logan Paulsen active because Chris Cooley's injured ankle was giving him some problems.

--On the problems the offense is facing. "I'm not sure if we've been in a situation with so many third and longs."

--He and McNabb "had a good converstion this morning" about the benching.

--On McNabb's injuries: "I think it's affected him a little bit."

--Said that guard Kory Lichtensteiger, who has been starting over veteran Derrick Dockery, has been playing "very well. . .If Doc was the best player, he would be in there".

--MRI on Torain's hamstring was "good". There was no tear.

--It will probably take Clinton Portis two weeks to get back into "football shape" after he is able to take practice field.

--On the team's interest in just-released receiver Randy Moss: "We will look at Randy and make a decision if he'll give us a better chance to help our football team win."