It has not taken long for new special-teams coordinator Tom McMahon to make an impact on his players.
“In the couple of weeks we’ve been to work, you can tell that he knows what he’s talking about and he’s going to bring the best out of all of us,” long snapper Casey Kreiter told Ray Crockett and Marc Stout on Thursday.
“He’s a great coach.”
Kreiter was a bright spot in a dismal special-teams season for the Broncos last year. As he sees it, the key to doing his specialized task well is consistency.
“I get one shot at doing my job, and if I mess it up, people are going to know who I am, and to be quite honest, I’m probably not going to have a job much longer,” Krieter said.
“So that pressure of hey, you get one shot to snap this ball perfectly, and if not, you’re really going to hurt the team’s chances of winning a football game, is not the most challenging part, but it’s the most intimidating part.”
What can also be intimidating is the talent he faces — as was the case against Houston during the 2016 season, when he saw Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt preparing to line up on the other side of the line of scrimmage from him.
“That was a moment when I went on the field and I was like, ‘Yep, that’s Jadeveon Clowney right there, he’s kind of big name in this league, [and] I had to block him!’ So that was kind of a big moment,” Kreiter said.
“But the preparation and all the work I put in makes me confident that I can block anybody in the league, and I’m going to do my job. It might not look pretty, but … the job’s going to get done.”
Kreiter also discussed his background, and how he was training to become a science teacher before he joined the Broncos prior to the 2016 season, which you can learn about by listening to the full interview: