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Quote sheet: Mike Shanahan and Jay Cutler

9/24/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Courtesy of the Broncos' PR staff, here are some quotes from coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Jay Cutler today:

Mike Shanahan on ...

  • Placing C Tom Nalen on injured reserve: "It is always hard to lose a great player and a great leader. I've been with Tommy right from the start, and he is everything you look for in a person and in a player. It is tough to see a guy like that be injured like he has and go through the rehab he has gone through. If there is anybody that can play with pain, it is him. When he can't play you know it is very serious."

  • Whether signing C Casey Wiegmann had anything to do with Nalen's health: "To be honest with you, we were not really aware of any setback that Tom had. We thought Tom would be 100 percent. Casey (Wiegmann) was such a great player from Kansas City for so many years and we were just shocked that he was on the street. When we saw that he was on the street, we just tried to gobble him up as quickly as we could knowing that any injury is possible during the season."

  • Newly acquired S Vernon Fox: "We just got him in. He was the special teams player of the year at Detroit. He played at Washington and he has a number of starts over the last couple of years. I am very impressed with the way he has handled himself as a person and how he played on special teams. Now we will get a chance to see first hand how he fits into our system. We will try to get him ready to play as quickly as we can."

Jay Cutler on ...

  • Whether the Broncos will overlook the Chiefs: "We are kind of a young team, so we are not going to overlook anybody. They have talent like any other NFL team. If you look at their record when they play at Arrowhead (Stadium)-it's a tough battle. We are not overlooking this one at all."

  • People saying the Broncos are 'lucky': "It's fine. We can keep being lucky. It's fine with me."

  • Whether it's hard for a Vanderbilt guy to wear orange: "It is. I had to get used to orange, especially orange hats. Vandy is 4-0 - What are we (ranked No.) 21 right now? The coaches over there are great. They are doing a great job. The talent has gotten better and better each and every year, so I'm happy for them. I talk to (Co-Passing Game Coordinator & Quarterbacks) Coach (Jimmy) Kiser every week, and I'm thrilled for them. Hopefully they can keep it going."

  • Whether he is concerned about a letdown after starting 3-0: "You always have to be concerned. Letdowns are always possible, especially after two emotional wins. This week has kind of been up and down, but we have a good group of guys and I'm sure we will be ready."

  • Tom Nalen being placed on injured reserve: "It's weird. I was just talking to him in the meeting. I asked him what he is going to do today. For the past 14, 15, 16 years, Wednesdays he has always been here. He will be around. It will be tough for him to stay away. He's one of the leaders on the offense, one of the leaders of the offensive meetings rooms, especially the O-Line. It's going to be tough. I think one of our best pickups in the offseason was getting (C) Casey (Wiegmann). He steps right in, doesn't miss a beat and is a leader on the offensive line."

  • Whether he is comfortable with Casey Wiegmann: "Since Day 1 I've been comfortable, but stuff happens in the game. He's from a different system, it's loud out there and sometimes we're not clicking. But we work through it and he's great on the sideline. "He has seen it all. He knows all about the AFC West and what the Broncos are about. It's really like we never lost Tom (Nalen). He steps right in there and it's Tom all over again."

  • The differences between Nalen and Wiegmann: "Not a lot. Tom is a little grumpier maybe. Physically they are about the same. They are not huge guys. In the locker room they are the same-they don't really say a lot. Casey doesn't say a lot unless he needs to talk to somebody. They are both great leaders and they go out there and do their job. We haven't lost a step with Casey in there."