Colts Post-Game Quotes vs. San Diego

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if this is the best defense the Colts have faced this year) Sunday, November 28, 2010 “They played awfully well. You have to give them a lot of credit.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if this is the best defense the Colts have faced this year) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"They played awfully well. You have to give them a lot of credit. Obviously they matched up with us, made a lot of plays and certainly kept us from running the ball. But defensively we hung in there for a while, kept them out of the end zone there for a while, kept them kicking field goals. Against that team you better score some touchdowns or you're going to have some problems."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if this loss is on the offense) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"Well it's always a collective effort. The defense I thought played extremely hard, no question about that. Played really well in some spurts. It takes a full team effort to get it done. Against a team like that you can't be lacking in any area. We just weren't sharp. Twenty points off turnovers, giving them that many points on turnovers, we had five of them, it is uncharacteristic of us. They are going to capitalize on them."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on pass protection) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"We had a lot of problems out there. We didn't run it very well, and obviously we didn't pass protect well enough. But all those things I think are correctable. I think those are the things we just have to go back and work on and see what our problems were. I think most of those were technique issues more so than anything else. I do believe we can get those straightened out. Unfortunately we didn't take advantage of an opportunity that we had in terms of getting a win there. So we are still in the same position that we were before the game, in terms of our division race."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on getting off to a quicker start) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"The first drive, you have to say that we came out and we did start fast. We just didn't follow it up. Nevertheless going into halftime you still think that you are in striking distance. We don't feel that we're completely out of it, and particularly with the turnovers we had in the first half. We just couldn't put it back together again in that third quarter."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on possession going into halftime) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"I thought that was big. I think we have done a pretty good job, throughout the year thus far, ending the first half pretty well. We were in pretty good shape going into halftime. We felt good. We felt like we got a good sense of what they were doing and found a couple of schemes, but we just couldn't follow it up."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Peyton Manning's performance in tonight's game) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"I think we see often that it's not always the on quarterback in terms of turnovers. There are a lot of factors-guys have to get open, good pass protection. A couple [turnovers] were caused by the fact he [Peyton Manning] was hit and the ball was up in the air, so it's not all on him. He [Peyton Manning] is certainly a guy that plays and plays well. We have to pass protect for him and give him a better running game."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on team's record this far into the season) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"We have high standards around here, no question about it, and that's a good thing. The fact of the matter is that we are still right in the thick of it as well, so we have to keep our heads up and keep fighting. We have a lot of football still to play."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on the game) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"It is what it is. We know the situation going into the game. We just have to play better on offense. I thought the defense did a good job tonight, keeping them out of the endzone, making them settle for field goals. Offensively, (we) had a good drive to start the game and a good drive before the half, but besides that it was pretty tough sledding all night. San Diego did a good job, and I thought offensively we didn't do a good job and I didn't do a real good job."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on the offense) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"I feel like there are some areas we can improve across the board. Certainly we hope to get some guys back. There is some potential for that. I think everybody needs to play better. I need to play better. Our execution needs to improve. It is not one specific area. I think everyone needs to step it up a little bit."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on the San Diego defense) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"They are an excellent defense. They did a good job. They got after us tonight. They executed their defense better than we did our offense."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on the first interception) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"I kind of lost him there for a minute. A poor decision. Certainly the turnover backed up and let them run it in the endzone. That is something I have to avoid. That is a big swing and puts our defense in a tough situation. Poor throw, poor decision."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on the AFC South race staying the same) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"You are fortunate, certainly. Speaking from an offensive standpoint, we need to worry about the Colts. Certainly there are some things we can control, that is what we have to worry about. A tough game against Dallas next week. We need to regroup. This was not our day, our night, for sure tonight on offense. We need to bounce back."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on being one game over .500 this late in the season) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"It is disappointing when you lose, no question about it. We have lost three out of our last four. I think the real key is how we respond to it. We need to bounce back with a good week of practice this week. We are hopeful that we can get some guys back. The Dallas game has been somewhat of a marked date for a few guys. It would be nice to get some guys back, but if we don't the guys that are in there, starting with myself, will have to play better on offense. I thought our defense did a great job today."

TE-JACOB TAMME (on the offense committing five turnovers) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"We just didn't play good enough. We didn't get open good enough. I don't know actually, obviously we haven't gotten a chance to go back and look at everything, yet, but we just have to play better."

TE-JACOB TAMME (on the offense not being able to click the last three weeks) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"We've clicked on and off. Tonight, a little less than the last couple of weeks. Tonight, we just didn't play good enough. We'll go back to work this week. We're not going to hang our heads. We have to get better, and that's what we're going to do."

TE-JACOB TAMME (on what the team does to avoid a three-game losing streak) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"We just have to play better football. That's what we're going to be working on this week. We'll go back to work. Dallas is playing a lot better. Obviously, haven't gotten a chance to look at them, but we're going to come in here and play hard."

TE-JACOB TAMME (on the divisional race) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"That is the main goal. There has been a lot of parity in our division this year. We're going to come back to work next week and keep going toward that goal. We have to play better football to win the division and that's what we'll be looking to do."

TE-JACOB TAMME (on if it's a silver lining that the rest of the division is coming back to them) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"It's better than being three games down, for sure. We have to come back and go to work. We'll come back and work on getting better. We have a lot of big games coming up and it starts next week."

WR-PIERRE GARCON (on it not being often that the team gets beat at home) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"It's not going well right now, but it's part of football. We just have to keep on doing what we're doing and play Colts football and get it back to W's."

WR-PIERRE GARCON (on the five turnovers) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"They played great defense. They have some good players. They are coached well and played well. "

WR-PIERRE GARCON (on the team being 6-5 and not being used to that) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"We still have a chance to win the division, still have a chance to make the playoffs and that's all we really care about right now. 6-5 is 6-5, but we still have to keep getting better."

OT-CHARLIE JOHNSON (on the offense committing five turnovers) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"You aren't going to win any games. Plan and simple. The people in this league and team's in this league are too good to turn the ball over like that. When we do that you see what happens."

OT-CHARLIE JOHNSON (on the team's feeling on the field Sunday night) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"We came out and went right down and scored a touchdown. I thought we were going to have it going. I guess they made some adjustments and they came out and kind of took it to us on both sides of the ball. After that we couldn't really get anything going and we kind of got stalled out and they kept on making plays."

OT-CHARLIE JOHNSON (on playing like this in at home) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"I don't know the last time we lost a home game. It has been a while. For us to come out and play like that on our field and for that stuff to happen is not a good feeling."

OT-CHARLIE JOHNSON (on the need to start establishing the running game) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"Yeah, we do. Its one of those things where we have had a couple of situations where we have gotten behind quick and we couldn't really do it. But that is no excuse. We are not playing good football."

C-JEFF SATURDAY (on his general thoughts of the game) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"Just a bad day. Obviously, we got out played in all phases of the offense."

C-JEFF SATURDAY (on the lack of a running game) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"We have to go back and look at the film and see what we need to do to get better. We have been down in some games early and that makes it tough to run it. I'm not really sure what happened today, it was just one of those that got away from us. They took advantage of all of our mistakes."

C-JEFF SATURDAY (on a team that is used to winning, how frustrating is the 6-5 record) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"Obviously, we are disappointed. You don't want to be 6-5, but we are still in the hunt for our division. That is really what matters and that is what gets you into the playoffs. We are in a dog fight and we are making it tough on ourselves, but the good thing is we can still capture our goal of winning our division."

OC-JEFF SATURDAY (on the offense committing five turnovers) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"You can't give a team like that a jumpstart on you. They make good plays and ended up converting them into touchdowns and that makes it even worse."

OC-JEFF SATURDAY (on the injury problem) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"I think we just played bad. It doesn't matter who is out there if you play like this you aren't going to win too many games. They beat us up and took advantage of us. I think we all got outplayed, no matter who was out there."

LB-PAT ANGERER (on not playing well at home) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"Anytime you lose its tough. I thought we played good at times and we made some mistakes. We will watch the tape tomorrow and we will improve that."

LB-PAT ANGERER (on the offense struggling tonight) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"Our job on defense is to not worry about the offense. Our job is to go out there and not let them score. We made mistakes and we have to correct them."

LB-PAT ANGERER (on moving forward after two straight losses) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"We have great core guys, great leadership, a great coaching staff, a great owner and a president so we will listen to powerful people, positive people and we will move on."

DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (on his general thoughts of the game) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"They played and great and we didn't play great. Those guys get paid too and this happens in the National Football League from time to time."

DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (on his frustration) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"Obviously there is frustration because you don't want to lose and you don't want to lose like that. The good thing is a lot of the other teams in our division lost and we still are in first place. Our first goal is to win our division and we can do that. Its about being in the playoffs."

DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (on what this season has been like ) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"It has been up and down and a lot of inconsistency and injuries. We aren't used to that around here but those things happen. We have five games left to fix these problems and that's what we are going to try and do on Monday."

DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (on losing at home) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"Obviously it is tough when they get the ball back and have great field position. That's what happens in football and that is no excuse."

DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (on the adversity this team now faces the rest of the season) Sunday, November 28, 2010

"We understand our situation and we understand that these things happen. It is not time to panic and its time to fix these problems. I'm sure the whole world thinks its over for us this and that. We will take it one day at a time and that is usually how we have done it over the years. It would be a different situation if maybe in our division there was an undefeated team or we were out of first place. But that is not the case. We are in first place and we have some games to correct our problems. We are going to go out there and do what we have to do."

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