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No Guts, No Glory -- More On Shanahan's Decision To Go For Two

Ok, so I gave you my opinion on why it was a great thing that the Broncos went for 2 and the win yesterday against the Chargers. If you didn't read it, or hear it on MHR Radio Post Game last night, I'll summarize. It was better decision for the morale of the football team to lose it by missing a 2-point conversion than by losing a coin toss, something out of your control, and letting the Chargers drive the field. Remember, the Broncos hadn't stopped the Chargers from getting to field goal range the entire 2nd half.

Here are what some of the players had to say about the move --

Champ Bailey -

I was shocked. I didn't see it coming. You expect a team that's 1-6 and is on the road to call that play. But we have a chance to do something here and to get that type of play, could really get us rolling. I love it.

Tony Scheffler -

Jay gave us the plan in the huddle. We all looked at each other and thought it was a great idea. You don't want to lose a game like this on a coin toss .... Our coach is going for it this year.

Nate Jackson -

There were some guys on our sidelines who were confused that we were going for it. But this team has had our number. Now we have all the momentum.

Jay Cutler -

I was telling the guys that if we had to score again we had to go for two. It’s one of those calls. We didn’t want to go into overtime and I like the call. We haven’t really been stopped, we kind-of stopped ourselves with the pick. So I liked it.

Eddie Royal -

It means a lot that the coaches have that much confidence in us to let us go for it.

Selvin Young -

I was thinking two points before we even touched the field. I had it in my head that we were going to go for two and walk out of here with a win, and we did. Tomorrow we will go over film, get back to work and get the job done. I think people saw that we had some fire today. We all wanted to let people know that we were here today to play for four quarters. Jay showed poise and we fought together and stayed together. The fans were great today, they came out and supported us throughout the game, they made some noise and were a big help to our win.

Oh, and for those of you keeping score at home, this is the 6th time a team has gone for 2, down by one, inside the final 2 minutes. The results? 3-3 --

Sept. 14, 2008 Broncos vs. San Diego 0:24 Scored, won 39-38

Nov. 13, 2005 Tampa Bay vs. Washington 0:58 Scored, won 36-35

Dec. 19, 2004 Detroit vs. Minnesota 0:08 Failed, lost 28-27

Dec. 15, 2002 Minnesota at New Orleans 0:05 Scored, won 32-31

Oct. 12, 1997 Chicago vs. Green Bay 1:54 Failed, lost 24-23

Nov. 19, 1995 Jacksonville at Tampa Bay 0:37 Failed, lost 17-16