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September 15, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Quotes from Denver coach John Fox

Here’s what Denver coach John Fox had to say when he met the media today, talking about his team’s 24-17 win over Kansas City Sunday and looking ahead to the game at Seattle this Sunday:

On LB Lerentee McCray’s injury looking serious

“I don’t have an update other than it’s not season-ending or anything of that nature.”

On if the penalties are a major cause for concern

“When you let somebody possess the ball for 10 minutes, it cuts down your opportunities on offense, and of course it’s a concern. I think the good news is a lot of them are self-inflicted. In this league, if you haven’t been beat you haven’t played. Everybody practices and gets paid and when they make plays, that’s good but when they’re self-inflicted those sometimes, are a little more frustrating. The good news is hopefully we get it corrected and it will be emphasized and we’ll see.”

On what his message to the team was after another close win

“If you look around the league, the margin of victory is pretty similar to what our first two victories have been. It’s not an easy task. As I mentioned last night, there aren’t a lot of 58-0 games in this league. When you looked at our first quarter of our season and you look at every team is a 10-win-plus team, one is the defending-Super Bowl champs and we trot to their place this week. Both Indy and Kansas City were both playoff teams a year ago. I think a month ago I would have taken it.”

On the offsides calls

“Obviously it was no cadence. Our fans, albeit great fans, make a lot of noise so they had to be on silent cadence. They might have been a little abrupt, something that we’re going to turn in [to the league]. We’ll see what happens. I can’t speak about it but we’ll turn it in. After maybe one or two I think we probably should’ve adjusted a little bit better but unfortunately we did not.”

On having seen the Kansas City offensive line movement on preseason film

“Yeah. It’s something that we made people aware of and it didn’t work out.”

On facing mobile quarterbacks

“It’s something new in the league. It’s something that’s been happening, been around for a while—probably a few more now than maybe 15 years ago. But there were always those guys as far as I can remember, I mean going back to Fran Tarkenton—you guys may not remember him but I do. It’s a dimension, and that makes it a little tougher to corral and contain and can bide time, and put stress on your pass defense. There’s no doubt that our first three opponents—two we’ve already faced, one we’re about to face—have that dimension.”

On if he’s got a good gauge of the team so far

“I don’t know that anybody’s playing their best football of the year after Week 2 and I’d say it’s a fair assessment that we aren’t either. That’s something that you try to do, is improve every day and every week. So hopefully we’re playing our best football well into the playoffs.”

On the second game compared to the first game

“They’re completely different games, completely different circumstances. Yesterday, we scored on 4-of-7 possessions. The unfortunate part is we only had seven [possessions], where that wasn’t the case two weeks ago. I guess that’s a catch-22. The good news is they’re self-inflicted wounds in many cases that we need to correct and it’s really in both phases. I think we’ve been 100 percent ball security in two games, offensively, which I think is a large reason why we’re 2-0. We’ve been more efficient than our opponent in the red area which again is why I think we’re 2-0. So there’s always going to be things to clean up and I’m sure there will be next week.”

On the running game

“I thought we improved from Week 1 to Week 2 in the run game. We were more efficient. I think our average was good. Even yesterday, their average gain of play was 5.1 and on the season, you would go with that. They scored 17 points. In this league, that’s going to win you most games. So there were a lot of positives. It’s not all negative.”

On if he would want to get the tuck rule not considered a forward pass

“I’d go back to 100 guys in a bar and if they all say it’s a fumble, it’s a fumble.”

On the dynamic play of the wide receivers and tight ends so far this season

“We’re good in that area. I think they’ve played well to this point but again we’re looking to get better each week. Pleased with where they are, got to get better moving forward.”

On if he will change the kind of music during practice this week knowing about the Seattle stadium

“No, just turn it up. Make it louder.”

On if playing Seattle in Week 3 is a good thing or bad thing and if he wished it was later in the season

“It’s on the schedule, we’ve known about it for some time. It’s a tough place to play. I think they’re 18-1 over the last three years in that stadium. It’s a very hostile environment. They’ve done well and it’ll be a huge challenge and we’re looking forward to it.”

On how he will manage his players’ emotions this week

“I think this is what makes this league great are matchups each week. I think everybody is probably excited as well as they should be.”

On CB Chris Harris Jr. back to full capability

“Yeah, I think with each game he’s going to gain confidence. Obviously he’ll game some stamina both from the full week of preparation along with the game itself. The kid’s worked amazingly hard to get he is and I thought he played well yesterday.”

On if he has watched the Seahawks-Chargers game

“No, bits and pieces. I saw it probably much like you guys did. We had to grade our tape today, make those corrections. The team is in there now going through that process and by 11 p.m. tonight I’ll have a pretty good view.”

On if knowing the Chargers very well will help give them a lot to take from yesterday’s game

“It’s hard to measure. A lot of the talking heads, they look at last week and that’s going to predict what this week is and that’s really not reality. It’s who executes the best on that day. I didn’t surprise me; San Diego is a very good football team. We played them twice a year ago, actually three times now that I think about it. So we’re familiar with them yes, but had not seen the tape yet I’m sure to beat the defending world champs that’d be a good thing.”

On facing Seattle with a rebuilt defense

“Their team is different. Our team is different. It’s 2014. Just about everybody is two games into it. We’re just starting the race. It’ll be a huge challenge like I mentioned before and one we’ll look forward to.”

On if the team plans to throw in CB Richard Sherman’s direction

“If I did, I probably wouldn’t mention it. We’re going to put in a game plan. It’s not in yet. We’ll see where it brings us.”

On his decision to not use timeouts at the end of the Chiefs game

“Typically in those situations, much like a week ago trying to re-kick out of our own end zone—somebody actually wondered about that—I think when you’re in that position, where the worst is going to be overtime, we elect not to [use timeouts]. If the game is a different score, it might be different.”

On if he decided not to use timeouts because he wanted to let his defense go out and make plays

“As it turned out, it was a down-and-distance thing, not a time thing. That’s kind of what you look at.”

On if he expects to have WR Wes Welker’s suspension lifted this week

“I have no idea. That’s a union and a league matter. I know we get Wes back for sure after four games. Anything other than that, that’s somebody else’s decisions.”

On if he’ll keep the roster at 52 players

“We haven’t really jumped into that part of it yet today. Anything’s possible.”

On if a win Sunday against the Seahawks would make him feel better about the Super Bowl

“That’s last year. We’ve moved on. We’re either going to be 2-1 or 3-0. I know that much.”

On the perception of the NFL after last week’s news

“I’m very proud to be a part of the National Football League. Unfortunately it does happen. I get it—the seriousness of it. But we’re a microcosm of society. It happens. But there are really a lot of good this league does. There are a lot of guys on our team, other teams around the league—we had a guy (TE Julius Thomas) after walk-through Saturday hosting a book drive after practice for less fortunate people. There are a lot of great things going on that sometimes I wish were a little more publicized.”


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