Brian Billick Conference Call Quotes

  HEAD COACH BRIAN BILLICK (on if the Colts going back to Baltimore is a story) “I know it’s not for the people in Indianapolis, and I know it’s not for the players necessarily, our players because they live in it.


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HEAD COACH BRIAN BILLICK (on if the Colts going back to Baltimore is a story)

"I know it's not for the people in Indianapolis, and I know it's not for the players necessarily, our players because they live in it. Obviously we've got some guys on this team that weren't even born when that all happened. I know when I came here, it took me a while for me to truly appreciate the depth of emotion that taps into around here and it's very real, it's very tangible. So our players are in the sense that they can't go to the grocery store, they can't turn on the radio, they can't go pick up their cleaning, that they don't get some type of inkling of it."

HEAD COACH BRIAN BILLICK (on interesting match-up of elite offense vs. elite defense)

"Sure it is. Obviously (QB) Peyton Manning and all that he represents and the tremendous assets they have on the offensive side of the ball, our defense knows that this is as big of a challenge.  Anytime you play a Peyton Manning quarterbacked offense, it's going to challenge you and our guys have a lot of confidence and a lot of pride, but they know the task. They know how difficult it's going to be."

HEAD COACH BRIAN BILLICK (on being better to have an elite offense or defense)

"I don't think it's that simple. The old adage, 'Defense wins championships and offense sells tickets,' that sounds great, but I don't know that it's true. You play to your strengths. Our strengths, our assets, we have a lot of them on the defensive side and the offensive side. They are constructed to score a lot of points and win that way. Both are sound philosophies, both are built with a specific structure in mind and we'll see what happens."

HEAD COACH BRIAN BILLICK (on being brought over to the defensive side of the game)

"That's easy to do when you have the caliber of athletes that we do on the defensive side. Obviously having a (QB) Steve McNair changes that equation for us just a little bit."

HEAD COACH BRIAN BILLICK (on the difference of having RB-Dominic Rhodes and Joseph Addai opposed to RB-Edgerrin James)

"Well those are both good, solid backs, a little different in style.  Edgerrin was so great at the stretch (play).  He had a lot of patience, his ability to spin out of a tackle, a tremendous back. These two are maybe a little more physical.  I don't know, you only see so much of them on film."

HEAD COACH BRIAN BILLICK (on DE-Dwight Freeney matching up with Jonathan Ogden)

"You are talking about two premier players. Jonathan (Ogden) is coming back from injury, so hopef

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