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Shanahan expresses confidence in Griese
Posted: Wednesday September 08, 1999 03:02 PM
DENVER (AP) -- Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan on Monday reaffirmed the position he took last week with the elevation of Brian Griese to starting quarterback status and the demotion of Bubby Brister to the backup role. Griese is the No. 1 quarterback and Brister is the top reserve ahead of Chris Miller, he stressed.
"I thought I made that perfectly clear," Shanahan said after a two-hour workout. "I have a lot of confidence in Brian and I have confidence in Bubby and said all along Bubby is better coming off the bench if Brian does struggle."
Griese was razor sharp during his final tuneup for the regular season opener next Monday night against the Miami Dolphins, completing 12 of 17 passes for 111 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions against the San Francisco 49ers Friday night. He further impressed Shanahan by engineering two long drives that got bogged down by penalties and resulted in two Jason Elam field goals.
"We have the confidence that he [Griese] will go in there and get the job done." Shanahan said.
"There's always growing pains at that position," he said. "And if there are some growing pains along the way, we have a lot of confidence that Bubby can come off the bench and get it done, just as he has done."
Brister didn't see any action against the 49ers and watched as Miller completed 15 of 20 passes for 223 yards and four touchdowns after taking over for Griese.
When asked about a breakdown of repetitions given Griese and Brister, Shanahan said it would be no different from a year ago when he distributed the preparation time between John Elway and Brister.
"Out of 10 plays, Bubby will get three and Brian seven," Shanahan said.
Shanahan did not release the names of Broncos who had cleared waivers and wouldn't take much time away from his game preparation to look over the list of players waived by NFL teams on Monday.
"I really haven't looked to be honest with you. We have to get together a practice squad and have to find out what players that we have made it through, which ones didn't and then we will have a game plan which direction we go there," Shanahan said. "We will spend more time worrying about Miami, not looking at the waiver wire."
When asked if there could be an interest in players to fulfill specific needs, he said, "It will be hard to say and it all depends on who is out there. If our player has gone through the wire we will either send him on his way or go look at practice players on other teams."
"I hope to get that list by 4 or 5 tonight," Shanahan said. "I will know about our team by 2 or 3."
The Broncos did not release either list to the media.
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