DENVER BRONCOS HEAD COACH JOSH McDANIELS
On finishing the preseason with a victory
"There were certainly things that we wanted to accomplish tonight. We wanted to play more physical, and I thought we did that on the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. We wanted to try to eliminate the penalties. I think we ended up the night with two. Certainly, we wanted to win the turnover margin. I think in all three areas, it was an improvement upon last week. (We are) still not exactly where we want it to be in any phase of our game, but we played against a good football team tonight and did some things we wanted to do."
On the defense’s performance throughout the preseason
"We felt better and better about our defense as training camp has moved on and the preseason has gone along. There are certainly areas where we can improve, but defensively, we have done a good job against the run. I think we did another decent job tonight against it in terms of winning the line of scrimmage. (There were) no big plays and (we) really got off the field on third down, for the most part. We wanted to be a more physical unit. I think we are on our way to doing that, and our covering ability in the passing situations showed up tonight. We are not where we want to be anywhere, but they are getting better."
On QB Tom Brandstater’s performance against Arizona
"I think he did some good things. He certainly did. He runs the team okay. There are still some things that we can work on and fix, obviously. For a rookie quarterback, I have had an opportunity to coach a number of them, and he has really done a nice job. It is not too big for him. The game isn’t too big for him. The huddle is not too big for him. He operated with that first unit pretty well and continued on and certainly made his share of mistakes. I am happy with his progress, and we have got to keep pushing for better."
"Russ just got here not too long ago, and (we) wanted to give him an opportunity to play in some of the things that we are doing here and get comfortable with our guys. Olsen is a rookie. If we had another two or three preseason games, it probably would be enough for him. That was part of the night. We wanted to make sure that those guys got some playing time together, and they did."
On the importance of the players who make the roster
"I would say they are extremely important because we are going to take 45 to the game, obviously. You would like to have depth at certain spots, certainly across the board. You would like to have guys that if you fall upon some injuries, they come in and play and you don’t necessarily fall too many levels down in terms of your performance. Tonight was a big night for a lot of guys. There is some competition, obviously, that we will evaluate again tomorrow morning, but that is what training camp and football is all about. There are a lot of guys out here working their butt off trying to make our roster, and certainly, we cannot keep them all. I thought, for the most part, we got everything out of everybody tonight. Those guys have made it tough on us, and we will have to make those decisions here in the next two days."
On RB Darius Walker’s performance against Arizona
"(He had) a lot of carries. (He played) tough, made some tough yards and did a nice job of getting it in there on the goal line. Darius is a good player. He plays well in the passing game and did some nice things that probably didn’t get noticed in terms of his blitz pickup. He ran and made some tough yards for us. We are glad we have Darius. He is a good addition to our backfield."
On when the Broncos will make their final roster cuts
"We will decide that tomorrow. Certainly, there are some decisions that need to be made going into Saturday. We are going to, certainly, take the time that we feel we need to take to make the right decisions. It could be tomorrow. It could be Saturday. We are going to make sure we make the right decision."
DENVER BRONCOS PLAYERS
S DAVID BRUTON
On forcing turnovers
"[OLB/DE Darrell] Reid, he set it up. It felt good to get the first pick in the NFL. That was very exciting, and my first fumble recovery. It’s always exciting to get your first turnover in any way. Just how we put the defense together tonight showed what we can do."
On shutting out the Cardinals
"That is a dream game, turnovers, hold them to that goose-egg. You always want to see that goose-egg, that means you usually win."
"It builds momentum for us. We can carry this feeling throughout next week until we go to Cincinnati. We are putting together the things we worked on, and keep getting better."
OLB ROBERT AYERS
On the excitement of the game
"It was real fun, we got to run around and make plays. And we came out with a victory, so it was real fun."
On forcing turnovers
"A lot of that is credited to knowing the other side of the ball, It was one of our goals for the game. [OLB] Darrell Reid made a good play, we kept feeding off that. The vibe just kept going for the rest of the game. "
On the defense’s growing confidence
"That is just good team defense, that is how it is supposed to be. This defense is not about one person making key plays, but about everyone making plays and having fun and playing together. Hopefully that can carry on to the regular season."
CB ANDRE’ GOODMAN
On going into the regular season
"We feel good, I noticed a lot of things we need to work on during mini-camps, training camp, and the pre-season. I think we got a lot of kinks worked out, and we are ready to go."
On getting a shutout
"As a defense you look forward to it, that rarely happens in the pre-season or the regular season in the NFL. It rarely happens."
On playing the defending NFC champions
"They played their starters for the first quarter. The defense showed up as did the offense. We put ourselves in a good position, scored some points, and made some plays."
WR BRANDON LLOYD
On the team’s play
"I’m generally happy with how everybody played. We cut back on penalties and the defense got turnovers. It was definitely good for us to have this kind of momentum going into the season."
On the meaning of the game
"The preseason means something. The starters are out there playing and if we came out flat we would have had to play a lot more. It helps to have a good preseason and it helps to finish on a good note."
On QB Tom Brandstater
"He has a lot of poise for a rookie. He has a really calm demeanor and everything about him is positive. And that’s the only thing you could really ask for. He wants to be good and make plays and he goes out there and does it. I feel like he comes out here prepared. He’s been here since he was drafted and he knows the offense well and it’s good for him to get out there and get those live bullets. I’m happy for him."
WR BRANDON STOKELY
On adjustments from last week
"We limited our mistakes like penalties and turnovers. Those can just be drive killers. It’s one or two bad things that can make a game look bad for you, and we didn’t do that tonight but we did it last week against Chicago. It’s just two different teams when we don’t do that."
On momentum from the preseason
"We played well tonight and we’re going to try to continue that into the regular season."
DL KENNY PETERSON
On the turnovers forced
"Any time you get a turnover it’s a good thing. You have to try to win the turnover battle. On defense you want to try to take it away as many times as you can and [OLB/DE] Darrell [Reid] got one tonight. It comes in bunches and, shucks let’s hope we keep it going."
On winning the final preseason game
"Preseason doesn’t count but it still matters. It gives us a good taste in our mouth and we know what winning tastes like. Let’s just hope we can keep that taste in our mouth in the regular season."