Broncos coach John Fox: Warren re-tears triceps; team to re-sign Hanie

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Denver Broncos head coach John Fox. Sep. 10, 2012

Denver Broncos head coach John Fox. Sep. 10, 2012

Denver Broncos head coach John Fox updated the state of the team Monday following the impressive 31-19 win against Pittsburgh.

“Update on Ty Warren’s elbow. He did re-tear that triceps that he tore last year. Right now, I just, two minutes ago got word of that. I’ll keep you abreast of what we do moving forward. I haven’t even talked to Ty yet. I’m sure he’s very disappointed, but I’ve not really talked to him. I met with ‘Greek’ (Head Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopoulos), and he was the one who informed me, so at this point, I’m not even talking with Ty yet.”

“Like I said, literally, we haven’t had a conversation with anybody upstairs, but we’ll keep you posted.”

“Of the things that’s helpful this offseason is that we’ve been able to add depth to that position. Obviously we don’t want to lose a player like Ty for a significant amount of time, and this obviously will be, but we’ll adjust and, ‘Next man up.’”

“That was procedural on [recently released QB] Caleb [Hanie], so we’ll re-sign him. That was procedural so we could have some flexibility moving forward as far as a vested veteran.”

“[It was] [Third Down situation against Steelers] really just a combination of two things: Us probably not playing as well as we can, and paying against a pretty good group when it comes to that part of the third down—those extended plays. [In] a couple instances, we were dropping when we should’ve been rushing. We dropped a couple coverages. We fell down on a third-and-long over the middle. We took a little bit of a bite on a stick move to the outside. We got beat inside for significant gains. So just things that we’ll have to watch the tape, I know we can improve at [and] that’s definitely an area we need to improve on.”

“He [Tracy Porter’ had a tremendous game. He was active, tackling, PBUs, I think he had four, obviously he had the pick-six. That was a critical time. The guy’s had an excellent camp. Obviously we liked him. Our personnel department did a great job evaluating him. He had a good first time out.”

“He was a good cover guy. He was available. We felt very strong about trying to get him and fortunately it worked out.”

“Our fans are tremendous. I’ve said it many times. That was a very electric feel in that stadium. It wasn’t all the black and gold, [like] at stadiums I’ve been in in the past. Kudos to our fans for keeping their tickets. I think it’s a great home field advantage. As I’ve said before many times, it’s probably the best in the league. It was a great example last night.”

“I’m not sure the no-huddle really affected our defense much, other than we didn’t get to go at it as much. I think at the end of the day, we’re kind of finding our identity, really as a football team. We’ve only played one game. We do have a new quarterback; I think that’s pretty well-documented. It’s just kind of feeling our way. The no-huddle’s something that I know [QB] Peyton [Manning] has a lot of confidence in, a lot of background in. I thought even late, he did a good job of even eating clock in the no-huddle. It wasn’t a hurry-up no-huddle per se, but I think it kind of puts the defense on their heels a little bit. We’re going to see the same thing in Atlanta this week because they utilize it a lot.”

“I think we scored 31 points and we held a very good offense to 19. You’re going to win your share when you combine those two things, no matter how you get there. I think the defense obviously helped with the pick-six to get to that total. There’s just a lot of ways to get there and each one of these takes on its own personality. This week won’t be any different versus the Atlanta Falcons.”

“You want to keep guys fresh. We have what we call a wave that we roll in there.  I thought Mitch played well. With [DT] Ty [Warren] going out after five plays, you’re a guy short there for the rest of the game. I thought [Unrein] stepped in and did a good job. Obviously he was mentally prepared because he executed his job well.”     
“For as much as we ran it against a pretty stingy run defense, I thought we did OK. Obviously, there’s a lot of room for improvement. I’ll leave it at that.”

“I’ve seen improvement every time he’s [Peyton Manning] gone out, going back to the beginning of preseason—actually, all the way back to Duke for that matter. Physically, mentally, him adjusting to new teammates, new coaches—I think he’s been tremendous and I think, obviously, he played well enough for us to win.”