Colts Player Quotes Jan. 21

COLTS TE DALLAS CLARK   What makes Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis so good? “I think (it is) the plays he makes all season for his team. He’s done a great job of shutting down some of the best receivers.


What makes Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis so good?

"I think (it is) the plays he makes all season for his team. He's done a great job of shutting down some of the best receivers. The stat they show with all the receivers he's kept under 100 yards, or 70 yards, or whatever it was, it's pretty impressive. I think those numbers speak for themselves. I think the receivers would be able to tell you a little more. Fortunately, I don't have to go against him. He's just a tall, physical player who can run. I think what he does really well, just watching on film, he plays the ball really well. He reacts, he sees the ball and can defend at the same time. He just makes really great plays and great decisions on the ball with his jumps and using his body to fend off the receivers. He just has a real good knack for playing the ball and the receiver at the same time."

Why is the offensive line so effective in its protection of Peyton Manning?

"I think they just have a great chemistry.  I think they work well. They work hard. They take pride in their craft and in their position. They take a lot of pride in keeping Peyton off his back. (Senior Offensive Line Coach Howard Mudd) does a great job with them with their fundamentals and techniques and the game plans and all that. I think they just work really well together. I think they've been working for a few years now, which helps too.  They've kind of had a few years to mesh. When you have that kind of longevity ... you get to know each other and really get a feel for where people are going to be and communication and that kind of thing."

Have you ever been fined by the O-line's Kangaroo Court?

"No, no. They try all the time, but I think you have to weigh over 300 pounds to get fined. Tight ends are free from that, as of today anyway."

How has Pierre Garcon handled the personal adversity he's faced the past couple of weeks? (He has family in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.)

"A true professional. I think he's done a great job of handling a situation where he has to feel helpless. He wants to do everything he can for his family, and he can't. But he's doing his part. I even heard him on the radio this morning, telling people how to get help to the people down there with the devastation that's gone on. It's horrible ... just horrible. For him to come out and play and be effective, it just shows the character he has and the player he is. I think the team has to be really happy with what he's been able to deal with under the circumstances."

How difficult is it to master the pre-snap changes orchestrated by Peyton Manning?

"It's tough, but I think it's tougher for the rookies. It's one of those things, you adjust to it, you get used to it. It's been seven years for me now, so it's a little easier than the first couple of years. I think the younger receivers have done a great job of handling it, learning it, picking it up. They've really been able to be effective with it. It's one of those things that you can't sit in our position room, you can't watch film. It's things you have to learn by experiencing it through practice and through training camp and through the games. They've done great job in such a short time, especially Austin (Collie) for being a rookie. Pierre was around it last year. For Austin to come in and do what he's done, it's impressive. It kind of shows you how smart and what kind of player he is. He took a lot of pride in coming in and trying not to make any mistakes. He's done a great job."

Are you surprised at the progress that Pierre Garcon has made this year?

"Surprise is not the word. He impressed everyone last year on the (look) squad. What's great about Pierre is he knows he can play this game, he loves it, and he came into work every day trying to get better and improve even knowing he wasn't going to be on the roster or be part of the game plan. He just tried to get better. Some guys come in here and if they're not in the game plan, they just kind of take the day off and they just kind of go through the motions. He made an impression just by making plays and just running extremely fast, as he's done this year for us. He's a player who stands out; he knew he was going to get his chance sooner or later."

Are you surprised there are not more Lombardi Trophies in the team trophy case since the Colts are such a regular qualifier for the playoffs?

"That's just the way it's happened.  It's not like we're going to sit there and think about what could have been and what should have been.  We're all grown men, we're all professionals here. We all know we weren't the better team, for whatever reason, during those times. We're focused on New York right now and what we have to do as a team and leave it at that. You can't really change anything that's happened in the past. And we've definitely had opportunities, but we didn't take advantage of those. But right now we're just putting all of our effort into New York."

What is the team's reaction to coach Jim Caldwell's calm demeanor?

"We love it. That's kind of what we've been used to with Coach (Tony) Dungy. And it's kind of been the norm around here ... the coach is on the quieter side. But I think guys respond well. There are different coaching philosophies around the league. Wherever you are as a player, you just adjust. Throughout your career, you come across a lot of different personalities, a lot of different coaches, a lot of different styles. You just adjust. The transition from Coach Dungy to Coach Caldwell was pretty easy for us."

Having played the Jets only a few weeks ago, does that help in preparation?

"I don't think so. I think once the playoffs come, you kind of wipe everything clean. Sure, you can take some things away and prepare for certain things here and there, but you just know things are going to be a little different. Playoffs are just a different environment, a different atmosphere. And they're certainly a better team. For them to go into Cincinnati, go into San Diego and play those teams. and to beat them, they're playing really good football right now. It's going to take a tough-fought, four-quarter game from us to win this game. We're preparing this week for anything and everything. They can do a lot of different things on defense. They definitely have the range to do a lot of different things defensively with the personnel they have."

Can you comment on the fans and their support last weekend?

"Our fans are the best. They're phenomenal. It was a great atmosphere. It was loud and they had our backs. We definitely feed off that as players. We just try to keep doing things to keep them excited and keep them into it. They did their part on giving the (Ravens') offense a lot of noise to deal with. We appreciate that. "

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How difficult is it to prepare for the Jets' multiple defensive scheme?

"It's extremely difficult. That's kind of been (Rex Ryan's) deal ever since he's been a coordinator. He likes to create chaos and kind of leave guys open, where you don't know if you're blocking a guy or not. He plays a number of different guys at different positions. I think you have to be really solid on knowing who you're going to pick up and what looks in which you'll pick that guy up. You have to know that some are going to be throwaways. You're not going to be able to block them up every time, every play. These guys are top in the league for a reason."

How much of a challenge is it dealing with Peyton Manning's pre-snap changes?

"It depends on each week, really, how much he's changing and how much he likes to switch it up. That's our offense. There's no changing now. It's what we've done to get here to this point, and it's what we'll continue to do. You either live by it or die by it. It's brought us a lot of wins and hopefully we'll keep winning with it."

How often does he change things?

"It's all up to him. Whatever he decides to do on a play, however many plays get called in, whatever looks they're giving us ... The Jets can give you a 3-4, a 33- prevent or a four-down look. It all looks exactly the same. The personnel can be completely different, but guys are lined up generally in the same area. Whatever 18 likes to do in each look, that's the looks he'll call and we'll block what he gives us."

Does he ask for other players' input in the huddle?

"Oh, yeah. Yeah, he's not a Lone Ranger out there. He's always asking, making sure we're all on the same page. Do we all see it the same way? Do you feel you can get this guy if we call this play? He does that throughout the week and on Sundays as well. He makes sure we're all on the same page and comfortable getting the job done. You don't want to put a guy in a position where he's not confident in getting his job done. We have a lot of that communication as we move through the week."

How disruptive can Manning's pre-snap changes be to a defense?

"I wouldn't like lining up against us, either. As you prepare for us each week, you may think you have the perfect defense called up. Peyton might see something that keys him off to changing the play and doing something different. I think both teams are going to do what they do. They're going to be aggressive; we're going to be aggressive. Ultimately, it's going to break down to who's the most effective. Who does the things that they've done throughout the season to get here, and who lets the moment kind of take them over."

Did playing the Ravens last week prepare you at all for playing the Jets this week?

"The Ravens definitely help. (The defenses) are not exactly the same, but they do have general philosophies that are similar. They give you a lot of different looks. They try to move guys. Last week, Ray Lewis starts out playing the Mike (linebacker) and then he generally moves over to Sam. He'll do that back and forth. The Jets do a lot of the same thing. There are some similarities that definitely help. You wouldn't want to play a team that's a basic four-down look and then go and try to play the Jets after it. It definitely helps a bit to have another week of preparation before."

After 17 games now, can you comment on the Colts' running game?

"I think last week we ran it well in the first half. We had some good open looks; we got some good yards and were moving the ball. The second half, we kind of had to dial it down. Your defense is playing well. I know there were some checks we went to that weren't the greatest looks that we wanted. But you just try to shove it in there and get as much as you can. And there were some plays that we didn't get it done blocking-wise. It is what it is. You're not going to change it in Week 17. I feel confident in the fact we run the ball when it's necessary and when it's time to. Throughout the season, we've gotten our three yards, our four yards, what we've looked for and what our goal is. It's similar, I would say, to a quarterback. Around here people talk about (Mark) Sanchez. He only gets to throw the ball 15 or 20 times; it's tough to get in rhythm. It's tough for an offensive line to get into a rhythm if you're running it 15 or 20 times. I mean, you run it 35, 40 times, things just begin to kind of roll over. I think you keep it in perspective as well. You have to know what your offense is. Our offense is not built to run the ball 35 times. That's not what we are. I know whose hand I want it in if the game's on the line. It's 18. So we do what we to win the game."

Did you get fined recently by the offensive line's Kangaroo Court for saying too many praiseful things?

"Yeah, I get fined all the time, man. There's no telling what I said, or who I said it about, to get fined. But, yes, if you bring attention to yourself as an individual or you put yourself out there as an individual complimenting somebody else and not as a group, you can get fined."

(Follow-up to the previous question:) So can you talk about the great season you've personally had?

"Yeah, it's been fun. It's been fun, right? That's about all I can bring you. It's been a good time."

How difficult is it to win a Super Bowl trophy, even with all the regular-season success the Colts have enjoyed?

"I think we've done some great things in the regular season to continue to get to the playoffs.  I can think of three times off-hand that we've run into a buzzsaw. We've run into teams that were on a good roll ... and ended up being Super Bowl champions. That's tough, when you catch a team that's playing really well. We've lost some tough ones in the playoffs. And we've been outplayed. I remember the AFC Championship Game against New England. They flat got after us. There is no excuse. They just played better than we did. As you go through it, you understand there were times we didn't play as well as we should have, and there were times we flat-out got beat by a better team that day. I think you look at each game individually and you know we've let some get away and we've been beat some."

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Did it change your approach through the years?

"Nah. It's all about getting to this point. Now is the fun time. This is what you build up for. You win the 14 games during the regular season to get to this point. You get one playoff game under your belt and hopefully we're going for our second one on Sunday."

Is there a point of no return when you know Manning won't change the play call prior to the snap?

"One second is about as low as he'll get. I know when I'm watching the clock and it gets to one, the cadence is coming quickly behind it. Other than that, you keep yourself open at all times."

Is there more pressure on the defense when the Colts' offense goes up-tempo?

"We hope so. That's our mentality. We feel we can outlast guys. We try to get defenses tired. We try to keep running with them. We try not to let them substitute or change looks, maybe keep them in the same look longer than they want to. You know, defenses want to change back and forth against us, maybe keep the guys on the field they don't necessarily want on the field at that time. That's been our philosophy for 11 years. I think it's worked well for us. Hopefully it will keep working well for us."

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How much of a challenge is it going to be to run against the Jets?

"We know what they bring to the table. It's never about the other team. It's always about what we are trying to do. I think we have the mindset that it will be a good game."

What were the problems running the ball last week?

"Yeah, it was a bit of a struggle. I think with us, we never panic. With different areas of the game, we go back and watch the film, and I'm sure the other team does, to go back and try to fix what's going on. I think with us, it's fixable. We are confident going into the game on Sunday."

What are the challenges for you being part of an offense that relies on the pass as much as the Colts?

"I pretty much do what the coach asks me to do. You don't look at it that way – It's more of a team. If everybody is doing their job, you'll be all right. The challenge is to win the game. As far as that, just do whatever the coaches ask you to do and do it well."

Is it tough to hear that the Colts had the worst rushing offense in the NFL?

"You know what? The way I look at it is if I walk off the field and I felt like I did everything that I had to do, I'm pretty much good. When you have a great quarterback like Peyton (Manning), you want to have him make decisions so you have to respect that and understand the situation… It's whatever we are supposed to do for the team to try to win the game. It got us this far, so obviously it's working."

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Is your most important job this week to pick up the blitz?

"Since I've been here, I've been picking up blitzes. I don't look at it like I have to do something extra. I just have to stay on my fundamentals. Like I said – This game means a lot more than every other game that we have played and those games are kind of history right now."

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What challenge does Jets CB Darrelle Revis present for the Colts?

"I'm real confident in our guys (wide receivers) over there. No disrespect to Darrelle (Revis) – He's a great friend, but we've got Reggie Wayne over there and a couple of young guys. Speaking of Reggie Wayne, he's a guy who is proven."

What do you think about Revis (college teammate at Pittsburgh)?

"One thing about him is that he's always been confident. He's a confident guy. He's always quick to tell you who's good and who's not. That's what I respect about the guy – He's a straight-up guy who backs up what he says."

How does the Colts' team speed on defense match up against the Jets' run game?

"I don't know if people pay attention to it, but we actually are pretty stout up front. We've got two guys playing good for us right now in (DT) Antonio Johnson and (DT) Dan Muir. They are doing a good job right now up front. They are giving us a chance to run sideline-to-sideline and stay free."

What kind of dimension does the Wildcat formation add to the Jets' offense?

"The Wildcat is something that you see once or twice a game out of every team now…We've seen it before throughout the year. There are a couple of teams that run it better than others, like Miami. They (Dolphins) are really successful at it..They (Jets) will line it up, and we have to stop it."

Did you learn something on defending the Wildcat formation from playing the Dolphins?

"Definitely. Any time you run against a certain formation and you see it and you deal with it, you always learn a little bit. That's part of football – You learn from your mistakes."

Is the Jets' offense similar to the Ravens' offense?

"It's a lot like Baltimore as far as low-to-the-ground, impact runners like '23' (Jets RB Shonn Greene). He's a very powerful runner, so it's going to take us to get a jump on him early before he gets out in our secondary."

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What do you see from the Jets' wide receivers?

"They are real good, solid receivers. Braylon Edwards is a down-the-field threat, a big target. Jerricho (Cotchery) also is…Looking on film on third down, (Cotchery is) a guy that (Mark) Sanchez looks to. You can't forget the tight ends – the tight ends are making some big plays in the playoffs. So all around, they have a real good receiving corps."

Do you think about stopping the run first or the pass first when it comes to the Jets?

"As a player in the secondary, you always think pass first. You let the front seven do their job and take care of the run. If he (running back) breaks, my job is to get him down. As a secondary player, you think pass first and go out there and try to make plays with the ball."

How much better are the Jets right now than when the Colts played them in Week 16?

"They are hot right now. Going into Cincinnati, going to San Diego on the road, playing two good teams, they are out there playing with a swagger. A lot of confidence. I think they are much better right now. Like I said, just playing with that much confidence you really have a lot of things going for you. When they come in here on Sunday, we know we are going to get their best shot."

Are the Jets a dangerous team playing with that much confidence?

"Most definitely. They are playing in the AFC Championship for a reason. (They are a) good team, good defense, good running attack. You can't take that for granted. When they come in here, (we'll get) their best shot and most definitely they are going to get our best shot."

Do you try to take advantage of Jets QB Mark Sanchez?

"With their running attack, they really don't try to put the game into his hands that much. When the time comes where they need a third down or something like that, they call on him, but for the most part, they try to let their O-Line take control of the front and let their running game do most of the damage. We can take advantage of him if he makes a mistake here and there, and that's what we have to capitalize on – his mistakes."

What makes the Jets' offense difficult to play against?

"First of all, it's their offensive line. They have a real good, solid offensive line and two good backs and a great fullback. The two running backs have been doing a great job. (RB) Shonn Greene stepped it up in the playoffs. (RB) Thomas Jones has been doing a great job for them all year long. From the offensive line to the backfield, they just complement each other well."

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What impact has WR Reggie Wayne played in both your and rookie WR Austin Collie's adjustment to the NFL?

"Reggie has been helping me and Austin ever since we got here. Since OTAs, we've been running routes, understanding ins and outs of breaks, catching the ball well, learning defenses, playing defenses and recognizing what they are trying to do and what we are trying to accomplish on offense."

How important has Reggie been to you?

"Very important. Without Reggie, I'd probably still be lost. It's like me trying to learn all over again at a whole (different) level."

How challenging is it to play in a Colts offense that relies so much on audibles?

"It is very challenging. Coming in last year, that's part of the reason why I didn't get so much playing time, because I had to learn everything and adjust to everything going fast. Redoing a whole new play at the line of scrimmage is very challenging, but once you understand it and get it going you're comfortable."

When did you finally feel like you had a handle on the Colts' offense?

"Probably earlier, in the beginning of the season, because I studied the playbook all offseason. Getting used to listening to him (QB Peyton Manning) and kind of having an idea of what we are about to do and where we are going with the ball and stuff like that."

Do you have to be extra precise in the routes you run because of the changes at the line of scrimmage?

"Yeah. It's all timing. You have to be where you are supposed to be at when he (Manning) is ready to throw the ball and have to be on point because it's timing. You don't want him to get sacked back there."

How much have you done helping with the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti?

"I've been doing a lot of stuff. I've been trying to help raise money for people in Haiti. We still need a lot more help. Another earthquake hit yesterday morning, so that doesn't help the process at all. I've been trying to slow down as much as possible, but I still have to try to help my people and still have to worry about football."

Is it mostly phone calls for you trying to raise money for Haiti?

"It's been a lot of phone calls, a lot of radio interviews, a lot of PSAs and doing stuff like that trying to get the awareness out there. Anything I can do to help."

What about holding a Haitian flag last week at the Ravens' game?

"It was a good time. The people back home that saw it enjoyed it. It helped put a little smile on their face, I guess. They liked it, and it was a good time."

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Are all your family members in Haiti OK?

"(Those) that we've heard from (are OK). We have a large amount of family back there, so we haven't heard from everybody. The communication is not the greatest, but a fair amount that we've heard from are doing well. Their houses are damaged and they are still homeless, but as long as everybody is all right, they'll be OK to move on."

Are you looking forward to visiting Haiti?

"We are trying to get down there as soon as we can. You never know now because another earthquake has hit and the airport is jammed with a lot of planes and a lot of people coming in to help, so they are only letting a certain amount of people in. It's really needed down there – the medical people, water, food. They still need a lot more help. They are only letting a certain amount of people in."

How important was your touchdown catch against Miami earlier this year?

"It was very important. It helped me get some confidence in myself, and it helped us win the game, too. It was real important, and it helped me feel a little bit more comfortable in the system, as well."

Can you pinpoint one reason for the contributions you have made this year?

"Being comfortable. Being comfortable in the system, understanding what I have to do and understanding the NFL language, because at a small school we do things differently. It's just adjusting to the NFL and being comfortable."

How do you process all the success your teams have had in college and with the Colts?

"It's tough to deal with (losing). You never enjoy losing, but when we lose a game, I'm always hard on myself and try to get everything right and try to everything better and try to correct everything. I just try not to lose (laughter)."

Did you take up football late?               

"I played football all through when I was little. In high school, I played two years. The Norwich head coach came down to my high school and talked to me and was really interested in me. He flew me up to Norwich for a visit, and it was really the only school that was really interested in me."

Did any major colleges recruit you?

"No, not really."

Why didn't major colleges recruit you?

"Academics and we ran the ball a lot in high school, so they didn't get to see much of me catching the ball."

Were you a tight end in high school?

"I was a tight end/third receiver. It kind of helped me out in the long run (with blocking)."

Will any relatives from South Florida attend Sunday's game?

"No, it's kind of too cold up here. They are waiting for us to hopefully go down to Miami. That's what they are waiting on. It's kind of cold, so they probably won't make it."

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