Regrets: Shanahan Doesn’t Have Many

According to league rules, every NFL team must offer the head coach for four media sessions every week during the season. No ifs, ands, or buts.

This week was strange because of the Monday night game, and long before the team plane landed at Dulles (at 5 a.m.), the decision was made to change the media schedule.  Instead of the customary Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday schedule, it was adjusted to Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday.

With not much left on the table to ask head coach Mike Shanahan, the sparse media crowd focused on general football strategies including time management.  Shanahan revealed that he walks through almost every scenario imaginable before hand, so there aren’t many things that catch him by surprise.

“You know how long it takes if you have two minutes and you kneel down with the ball,” he said.  “But you have to know it’s like when you have one timeout and you run the ball every down.  How many seconds do they have after a punt if they take the ball down the field?”

The answer is that the horse’s name was Friday.

“Those are the types of situations you go through all the time,” Shanahan said.

The beauty of today’s presser is that it was fairly informal, as far as press conferences go.  So much so, that AP writer and avid biker, Joe White, decided against taking his helmet off.  Shanahan held it together for the first three-and-one-half minutes, but then insisted that cameras pan over and take a look at White’s outfit.

White responded by saying, “I’ve learned that being around you can be dangerous.”

To which Shanahan laughed and replied, “Oh, you haven’t seen anything yet.”
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