COLTS PRESIDENT BILL POLIAN (opening statement)
"We're all set to go. Everybody has agreed to (terms to a contract). Paperwork is being processed, and we should be ready to go."
COLTS PRESIDENT BILL POLIAN (on the importance of having rookies in training camp on time)
"Well, with rookies particularly, it's never good to have them miss any time because it is all valuable. We're happy we got it done. Sometimes you do, sometimes you don't. The last couple of years we've been able to get it done and that's a positive."
COLTS PRESIDENT BILL POLIAN (on his favorite part of training camp)
"I don't know. I guess evaluating the players, but it's nice to be here and get going. You get anxious after awhile. It's that time of year again. It's fun to be back and see everybody. It'll be fun to get them on the field and start the process."
COLTS PRESIDENT BILL POLIAN (on the defensive line's depth)
"Well, I don't know how it's going to shake out. We have some candidates there, some prospects, and I'm always loathe to say one position is deep or not because the injury bug hits. Suffice it to say we like where we are there at the moment. Well, let's see what transpires on opening day, that's the important part."
COLTS PRESIDENT BILL POLIAN (on what he wanted to upgrade at the defensive tackle position)
"We felt as though we needed to get a little more bulk at that position without sacrificing athletic ability. I've had lots of question about getting bigger and that really isn't the case. When we won the Super Bowl we had Booger McFarland in there at 305. 305 with athleticism is plenty good enough, which is what (second round draft pick) Fili (Moala) happens to be and Dan Muir and a few others. 335 without athleticism is not what we're after just to set the record straight on that. We play a style of defense and will continue to play a style of defense that emphasizes running and changing direction and athleticism on the part of those guys, but they have to be big enough not to be blasted off the line of scrimmage. 265 in a running situation on 1st-and-10 is not big enough. The fellas we have now are plenty big enough and plenty athletic enough and that is one of the things we wanted to try and accomplish."
HEAD COACH- JIM CALDWELL (on if it feels good to have Peyton Manning back to start camp)
"You know, yes it was a little bit different last year. Obviously because the fact he has been such an iron man through the years, and he's always been present. It's great to have him back."
HEAD COACH- JIM CALDWELL (on what will his message be at the team meeting today) Sunday, August 2, 2009
"Well, overall, just improve. That's the thing that we're looking to do. It's the most important thing. I think that we take on this task right now. It's not like this journey will be done today. It actually started in March when we got together. We started focusing on our off season program, but this is certainly a very important part of it. This time of year you get an opportunity to put the pads on, and I think then you can really do a great evaluation of your squad and certainly make some improvements in some areas where we need to work. Particularly our techniques in the run game as well."
HEAD COACH- JIM CALDWELL (on what difference the fans will see in practice between a Caldwell team and a Dungy team) Sunday, August 2, 2009
"I don't think you will see much difference at all in terms of how we do things. That's the thing we would like to maintain. Often times I've mentioned, from time to time people are always looking for a stamp, and obviously this team belongs to everybody. It's not a Jim Caldwell team. This team belongs to the guys that have put in a lot of sweat and blood and tears in this program. The organization belongs to the Owner (Jim Irsay), to Bill Polian (Team President), all the guys in the personnel department as well as the assistant coaches and players. So what we do is try to build up on what has already been established here. Tony built a great foundation here. We're trying to take it a little bit higher."
HEAD COACH- JIM CALDWELL (on the last time he talked to Coach Dungy and if he plans on talking to him throughout the season) Sunday, August 02, 2009
"We do converse often. I think I spoke with him maybe three days ago. I got a text from him today on my way to camp. So he probably had it timed out pretty well. He knows the routine, so I look to talk to him often during the course of the week."
HEAD COACH- JIM CALDWELL (on if he can share the message) Sunday, August 02, 2009
"He just said, "I miss you guys," and wished us well, and that was about it."
HEAD COACH- JIM CALDWELL (on if he well try to separate himself from Coach Dungy) Sunday, August 02, 2009
"No, not really. I don't get that sense because of the fact that obviously he's a great person to emulate. He's been great for this organization, the program, and he should. He's a Hall of Famer; he's won so many ball games and directed so many great teams that he's going to get attention. He's going to get questions. I'm going to get compared a lot. It's kind of like an old story. I was with Joe Paterno and he went down to do an autograph signing with Muhammad Ali. The two of them were sitting next to one another, and Ali had a long line of people and all the gals. Joe was over there and he had a few in his line, so he made a comment, Hey Ali, Why do you have the long line with all the girls and all the guys that are interested in talking to you?" Ali looked over at Joe and says because you haven't whipped anybody. So I haven't whipped anybody yet. So when that time comes and we get this team doing the things we certainly anticipate they can do, I think you will see things even out a little bit."
HEAD COACH- JIM CALDWELL (on if you don't win 12 games and people start to say Tony might have… you just can't worry about those types of things) Sunday, August 02, 2009
"No, and I really don't. I'm too old to worry about those kinds of things. I'm a guy that has been around a little bit. I've been a part of this program. So some of those wins, I was a part of those too. So we're just kind of building up on that whole process."
HEAD COACH- JIM CALDWELL (on clarifying consultants and making sure they aren't stepping on anyone's toes) Sunday, August 02, 2009
"Well, they're not consultants. There is a Senior Offensive Coordinator and that's Tom Moore, and Howard Mudd is a Senior Offensive Line coach. So they will be doing their job, and Tom will be directing the offense. Tom will call the plays. Tom will have an opportunity to kind of delegate some responsibilities to Clyde perhaps, and Clyde's title stays the same. The same thing with Howard. Howard is running our offensive line. He may give Pete a few more things to do here and there, but nevertheless it's not going to be any problem."
(on any policies for tweeting in meetings or…) Sunday, August 02, 2009
"There is a club policy, and for me to stand here and tell you exactly what it is, I think there is a league policy as well. I would probably mistake some of the details. I know it is not allowed."
HEAD COACH- JIM CALDWELL (on do you tweet) Sunday, August 02, 2009
"No, I don't."
HEAD COACH- JIM CALDWELL (on did you bring anything special to camp) Sunday, August 02, 2009
"No, I didn't bring anything special. Actually over the years you tend to bring less and less as time goes on, because really the only thing you're doing is basically out on the practice fields and meetings or trying to catch a little rest here and there."
HEAD COACH- JIM CALDWELL (on TE- Jamie Petowski and having a Terre Haute player in training camp) Sunday, August 02, 2009
"You know Jamie has really done a nice job for us. He's been working extremely hard. He's a conscientious young man. He's a guy that gives us everything that he has, and we're looking forward to seeing what he can do."