*HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL *
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on preparing for Ray Rice and Willis McGahee and their contrasting styles)
"That's a tough thing to do. Obviously, you know it's a great tandem. They have a lot of ability. And, certainly, their offensive line has been able to control the line of scrimmage. What you hope to do is keep them contained. They're too good to think you're going to shut them out. They're going to get some yards and they're going to make a few runs. But the object is to contain those runs and not let them have the big ones. Those are the ones that hurt you."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (comparing this week's practices to last week's)
"Well, last week we didn't know who we were playing, No. 1. It did afford us an opportunity to get some of what we consider to be some good speed work. Not necessarily having to prepare for an opponent allowed us to go back to somewhat of a training camp sort of mode, where we could work our offense vs. defense in a number of different situations and create scenarios, etc., but get some game-like conditions in terms of speed. So the great majority of our work last week, the three days we practiced, was based on that philosophy. This week, obviously, we're preparing for a football team in Baltimore. We have to change and go back to the way in which we've rhythmically put it all together week by week."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the situation with receiver Pierre Garcon, who has family in earthquake-ravaged Haiti)
"It's tough. I spoke with him this morning and I think he spoke with you all as well. He hasn't been able to make contact with a number of his relatives. I think he mentioned to me he has aunts and uncles and probably cousins down that way. But he's certainly trying to do his part and hoping that obviously our great fans here and those that have the means to do so will help with funding and things of that nature down there in Haiti. It's a tragic situation. I'm sure it's weighing heavy on his heart. What we can do is support him and pray for him, and we'll certainly continue to do that."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on whether he'll have a birthday celebration on Saturday before the game)
"Not at all. The years come along awfully fast nowadays, I think, as some of us in this room might recognize. I'm just glad to have another one. It's when they cease that you certainly have a bit of a change. No, no big birthday celebration. I should say my wife, it was her way of celebrating my birthday last weekend with a few gifts and things of that nature. She assumed I would be quite busy and preoccupied come this Saturday."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how receivers such as Garcon and Austin Collie have responded when defenses gear their emphasis toward stopping Reggie Wayne)
"Well, week to week, we've seen a number of combinations and packages and things of that nature. We just have to adjust. Sometimes they choose to double Dallas (Clark), double Reggie, whoever it may be. But it's those guys that we depend on to get the one-on-ones and the opportunities (and) certainly be able to hold their own. I do think Peyton (Manning) has been able to spread it around quite a bit, so it may make that task a little more difficult."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on whether he feels any pressure as the successor to former coach Tony Dungy)
"No, sir. I don't. And I think it's simply because of the fact, the way we look at it, we're not in competition. What we're trying to do is maintain the standard of excellence we've had here and really build upon the platform that was already in place. That's kind of the way we've approached it from the beginning."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how he has approached his first year as head coach and retained some of the plans from former Colts teams)
"Those (were) things that we thought fit what we wanted to get accomplished from a philosophical standpoint. We didn't come in and just make outlandish, unnecessary changes just to say we were going to put our stamp on things. We certainly wanted to keep the things that have worked for us. A lot of things have been done awfully well around here. I think it would have been egotistical to make changes for the sake of change. It's that old quote, 'Be careful of the person who wants to change everything or the person who wants to change nothing.' And I think we were somewhere in between."
WR-REGGIE WAYNE (on why this year will be different from 2005)
"Because it's a whole different year. It's a different feel. There's nothing we can do about that. All we can focus on is the Baltimore Ravens right now. We don't have a crystal ball, can't rewind time, don't have a time machine. The only thing we can do is focus on the task at hand, and that's get ready for this week against a good Ravens team."
WR-REGGIE WAYNE (on what needs to happen to have success against Baltimore's defense)
"Basically, the type of game like they had against New England, how they started off fast, that's kind of what we need to do. We need to play fast, play physical, because they are a physical bunch. We're going to have to match their intensity. They beat a good New England team, so they are going to have a little swagger to them. We're going to have to match their intensity, play the same way they play and may the best team win."
WR-REGGIE WAYNE (on him and TE-Dallas Clark consistently playing well in the playoffs)
"I think it's just that we're not ready to go home. We've been here long enough. We've had a lot of close games, a lot of playoff games. We just understand what a playoff game really is and what it really means, as well as a lot of guys on this team. So, we've got a lot of guys that have been through it before, and they can kind of relay that message to the younger guys and hopefully they can catch on like we did. It just goes with the territory. We're the old heads around here, so we just understand it differently than a lot of the younger guys do."
WR-REGGIE WAYNE (on if he thinks the team has learned more from 2005, 2007 and 2008 or from 2006 when the team won the Super Bowl)
"I think all of the above. I think every year has its own identity. Each year you learn stuff, and you want to bring things you learned that year with you to the next year. There (are) also things you want to leave (behind) that you don't want to carry on. I think you learn stuff from each year. I even learned stuff from 2001 when we didn't go to the playoffs. I think you take every year that you get that experience and use it to your advantage."
WR-REGGIE WAYNE (on what's the biggest thing he's learned from previous playoff experiences)
"Just make sure that you show up. That's the main thing. Don't go out there and look like you haven't played a game in six months. As long as you can just go out there and play football and play all four quarters, somewhere in there you'll have the opportunity to win the game. Obviously, turnovers will kill you, so if you can minimize that and keep it as close as possible, you'll have a shot at the end, and that's all you can ask for."
WR-REGGIE WAYNE (on how much confidence he has to come back from any deficit based on how many times the team has come back to win)
"You use all that stuff. We've won different ways my whole career. We've come from behind seven times this year. That's good experience. We look at it as, no matter how many points you're down, you're never out, just keep fighting. Do what you can to give yourself the opportunity to come back, and hopefully get the win. Being able to win in all ways of the game is key, and we've been saying that throughout the year. We can use those instances where we had to come from behind to our advantage. It just shows the toughness and resilience of the type of team we have. Hopefully, we won't need it, but you never know. If need be, we know how to use it and play along with it."
WR-REGGIE WAYNE (on if he's talked to WR-Pierre Garcon about the earthquake in Haiti and how Pierre is handling it)
"I have not. I heard a couple of people on the team and the receivers coach (Clyde Christensen) talking to him about it. I'm just kind of letting it die down a little bit before I talk to him. He seems fine. I did overhear him say that there is no communication going on over there, so you really don't know what is going on, which is kind of the same situation I was in when (Hurricane) Katrina hit New Orleans. I had no communication with any of my family members. I'm hoping for the best. I'm kind of just waiting for it to die down a little bit before I talk to him."
WR-REGGIE WAYNE (on the benefit of playing the starters getting against each other in practice)
"Last week, it was one against one's, but one thing about it, it was fun. We had fun last week. Guys were flying around. We had three great practices. We got a nice sweat going. One thing about it was we practiced early and got out of the building early. We got some good quality work done. Guys were flying around. Guys that were kind of banged up from weeks prior, who hadn't been practicing, were out there practicing. So, it was good to see those guys out there. We felt like we wanted to work on some things we needed to work on that we weren't doing well throughout the year, and we were able to capitalize on those things. It kind of gave you the training camp mode going up against the ones, and whenever you're in training camp everybody is flying around and everybody is happy. I really felt like last week helped us out a lot. Hopefully, we can carry it over to the game this weekend and use it to our advantage."
WR-REGGIE WAYNE (on if it's new to practice starters versus starters in the bye week before playoffs)
"From what I can remember, we did, but not as much. I mean all three days it was ones-on-ones, twos-on-twos, so we went up against the best that we had, and that's always a good look. One thing about it, you go up against us all year, they know all our codes, we know all their codes, so it makes you work even harder to get open or make a play successful. You really had to dial in and focus in on what was going on. I really felt like it helped us out. Everybody was fresh, everybody was eager to get out there. Hopefully, we can use it to our advantage."
WR-REGGIE WAYNE (on the Ravens defensive backfield)
"One thing about the Ravens secondary, they're not going to show you that they are weak in any form of the game. Whenever a guy goes down another guy goes in, and it's almost like they're on the same heartbeat. They aren't going to lack any confidence, I can tell you that. They are a good group. Obviously, S-Ed Reed is their captain back there, and he does a good job of getting those guys together and getting them playing together at the same pace. I don't think it matters who is out there. They are still going to go out there and play with a swagger, and they are going to go out there and play all four quarters and give you their best shot. We really have to have our best foot forward, and hopefully we can get some plays against them."
WR-REGGIE WAYNE (on his relationship with S-Ed Reed)
"We probably talk about three times a week, which is probably too much time. I mean, we're brothers. We consider ourselves brothers. We're both from New Orleans, four years of seeing his face in college, roommates. We talk all the time, whether it's football or what's going on at home, his family, my family. We just talk about everything. We talk about three times a week, probably spend about 30 minutes on the phone each time. I'll be sure to not use my anytime minutes. I consider him family. We talk all the time, just talk about whatever. We talked this week. I have to take him out this week. Whenever we go to Baltimore he has to take me out, (and) whenever they come to Indianapolis I have to take him out."
WR-REGGIE WAYNE (on the most annoying thing Ed Reed did as a roommate)
"You want to bring that up? He killed my snake. He neglected my snake. My rookie year, I came here and I left my snake with him, and he was supposed to take care of him. I thought he was taking care of him. My off week I went home and my snake was a little sick. So, I had to nourish him and get him back going. I got him back going, came back to Indianapolis to finish the season off, right around the end of season, which was a long season already, I got a text message that said—my snake's name was Law—it said, 'Hey man, Law's dead.' So, that's pretty much how it went. That was a wrap. It was a Green Burmese Python. He was supposed to reimburse me with a new snake. I haven't received it yet. I'm glad you brought it up because I'll be sure to remind him when I see him."
WR-REGGIE WAYNE (on what S-Ed Reed didn't do to kill his snake)
"I don't know. I mean I was feeding him every two or three days. He got spoiled. You get spoiled. That's like if I don't feed you after you've eaten everyday, you get weak. That's kind of how it was. He had his days when he would love to play with him, and he had his days when he was scared of him. I guess that's how it went. It didn't work out in Law's favor, I can tell you that."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (On if the bye will affect the defense at all)
"We are a different team. Every new year brings on new challenges. This year is definitely a new team. Obviously, we hope things are different. I think we've done a great job up to this point keeping guys as healthy as possible, so hopefully we'll be flying around."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (On what's being said to the younger guys in preparation for the playoffs compared to 2005 season)
"There hasn't been a lot of talk. That was 2005, and that was a completely different team. On defense here now, I think there are only 3 or 4 guys remaining from that team. It was a completely different defense. There's not much talk that needs to be said other than this is the playoffs. Either win or go home. Everybody understands that, and I think we do a good job of preparing."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (On the excitement for playing in the playoffs)
"For me, anytime I get on the field I'm excited to get after it. Obviously, this is a playoff game. It's big game. It's a pressure game or whatever you want to call it. This brings out the best in me, normally. I'm very excited to get out there."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (On Ravens offensive tackles Jared Gaither and Michael Oher)
"Those are bigger guys and do a good job at what they do. They run the ball the majority of the time. They know how to work within the schemes. They like to leave a lot of guys in when passing to protect and give (Joe) Flacco more time to throw the ball. I don't really anticipate them leaving those guys one-on-one but they do a good job at what they do which is primarily running the ball. I've watched a lot of film on them. That's what you have to do. Any normal game you do a lot of film study. Obviously, now with this being an even bigger game, you want to find and look for little tendencies. I think every team has that. Every play has some tendencies. You have to really take advantage of that when you go out there."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (On the benefit of the starters practicing against the starters during the bye week)
"I think the advantage is huge. There is no better offense than our offense in my mind. Going against our offense will prepare us for any other offense that we play. If we're able to stop our offense, we should be in a lot better shape going against anybody else. It's the same thing on the defensive side because there are certain things we do as a defense a lot better than a lot of other teams' defenses do. If they are able to block us, then they should be able to handle other teams. It really got the competitive juices flowing during that bye week. We are going out there and practicing hard. The only difference between a game and a hard practice for the defense is the finishing of a tackle. We are going full speed. We are running and we are fighting. We've mixed in throughout the season more starters versus the starters than in years past."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (On what the playoffs mean to him)
"It's like when you were in college and you were studying for that final exam. This is the testing time at the end of the year. Everything you've done including nine months of training, or whatever you've been doing to get yourself to this point, it's time to execute. You have to be excited for that, especially since we've prepared the way we know we've prepared. We have that bitter taste from last year and we finally have an opportunity to get back to where we want to get to. Hopefully, we can get a big win."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (On the differences between Coach Jim Caldwell and former coach Tony Dungy)
"I think the biggest thing is Jim (Caldwell) does a great job of communicating to every guy. He'll come up to veterans. I've seen him come up to rookies. I've seen him come up to the third-string guy. He just talks to you and wants to know how you feel. He comes up to me every other day. He'll ask me how I'm feeling. He keeps the communication there. I think that is huge. That's the biggest difference I've seen."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (On if he has noticed any added pressure on Coach Jim Caldwell)
"I don't really sense that. That is always a built-in pressure when you talk about the playoffs. Obviously, we know if we lose we go home. I think that's already built in no matter what coach or team across the board. I haven't sensed any added pressure."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (On his health going into the weekend)
"This is as good as I've felt in a long time. I'm not 100%. I don't think anybody is at this point. I think though, I should be moving pretty well come Saturday night."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (On the Ravens running game)
"I believe that's the strength of this team (Ravens). I think what they want to do is ball control. I believe they want to keep the ball in their hands and run and pound the ball. That will keep the ball out of our offense's hands. If the score is close, anything can happen in the fourth quarter. I think they (Ravens) have some real good running backs. (Willis) McGahee and (Ray) Rice are both patient runners. They are also power runners. It is definitely going to be a challenge. I think we are up for the challenge."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (On Ravens RB-Ray Rice)
"Ray (Rice) is more of a power runner. He uses the stiff arm a lot. He runs through a lot of tackles. Effort-wise, he runs the ball hard."
DE-DWIGHT FREENEY (On doing film work and going against Ravens OT-Jared Gaither)
"There's an advantage to that (film work). He's (Gaither) bigger. I'm faster. My strengths are quickness and speed. You just have to know what kind of guy you are going against. I focus in on where he places his hands and how he likes to set and what kind of strength does he have. Those aspects are more important than how tall or big a guy is. You can draw a big guy and he plays softer and fast. It just depends. As a defensive linemen going against whomever, you have to have some sort of game plan during the run or during the pass. You are going to have to dissect it."
TE-DALLAS CLARK (on why he thinks the Colts are ready for Saturday night)
"I think just the group we have, and the year that we've had, we've been able to win in different ways. The veteran group that we have has done a good job of showing leadership to the younger guys, and the younger guys have done a good job of following their lead. We've been in this situation before, and we know that a bye week isn't a guarantee for anything. Unfortunately, we had to learn the hard way a few years ago. But I think (we need) a good week of preparation and then go out and give everything we have."
TE-DALLAS CLARK (on if they have practiced any differently during the bye week than leading up to the playoffs in 2005 and 2007)
"I don't know how much different it was, but I do know that we had a great week of practice. It was intense and we got a lot of good work done. We used Saturday and Sunday to just relax, watch some football and get mentally and physically prepared for the week. This week, we're using the same schedule we've had all year."
TE-DALLAS CLARK (on starters vs. starters in last week's practice)
"It was good. I think that's the best way to get full reaction, full speed, get that tempo that you're looking for, is to go ones versus ones. Anytime, it doesn't matter what time of the year it is, anytime we go against each other, for whatever reason, it's just that extra competitiveness comes out, and it's fun. You're always trying to beat the guy across from you and they're doing the same. Combine that, I think both sides are getting good work, and I think it's one of those things that doing that really upped the level of competitiveness and quality of work."
TE-DALLAS CLARK (on the difference in styles of Jim Caldwell and Tony Dungy)
"They're very similar, but they're different, and it's not one of those things where we brought in a guy from outside the building that brought his own system in. Then, you can kind of go through the differences. The schedule is the same, but the things that they say, the way they approach the team, they're different, but it's not a huge difference where it's obvious to state what the difference is. They're different, it's been a tough question all year to answer."
TE-DALLAS CLARK (on if Jim Caldwell has been careful not to change too much)
"I don't think careful is the right word, I think he's very smart, and I think he understands that we've had a good thing going here for the last few years. I think it would be naïve of him to come in (and say), 'This is my way, this is my team, I'm going to do it this way,' and just come in and start breaking things up. I think he was very smart in the way of keeping things the same that he felt were working and tweaking little things here and there that he wanted to change. And I think, collectively as a team, we'll do whatever he says, but he did a great job of not shaking the boat too much to where we had to adjust and learn things new. He did a great job of kind of making the changes subtle and easy and convenient for the players to adjust to them."
TE-DALLAS CLARK (on why he plays some of his best football in the playoffs)
"No real secret, I just think it's one of those things (where) you try to play your best this time of year. We've been able to have some good games, for whatever reasons, certain coverages, certain breakdowns, whatever. I think it's been our team philosophy of really trying to be a little sharper. This is what we play for. This is the fun time of year. You want to go out there and play your best, and you always hope you do, but sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't."
TE-DALLAS CLARK (on what losing in 2005 and 2007 after the bye week taught them)
"The obvious is that it doesn't guarantee you anything. It makes you appreciate the week off, but it also makes you appreciate the fact that you still have to go to work and you have to get better and continue to prepare the same way you would for any other week; not that we didn't that week, but we just know that it's not a layup. We have to have a great week of practice, and I think we started out really good yesterday, and hopefully it will continue the rest of the week. It's just one of those things that you really have to pay attention to the details and just really focus on your job. If everyone tries to be a little sharper, collectively as a team, I think we'll be as ready and prepared as we want to be, and then it's just going out there and executing."
TE-DALLAS CLARK (on if the team is tired of answering questions from 2005 and '07)
"No, those are valid points and discussion topics, but as a player, it's a different team, everything is different. It doesn't carry over. It is something to draw back on and to understand as a player that you try not to let that happen again."
TE-DALLAS CLARK (on what he recalls from the game with Baltimore earlier this season, and how they defended him)
"Tough. They play very well. Obviously, everyone knows that they have a lot of playmakers and guys that make big-time plays for them. It's just your job as an offense to not give them anything. I think turnovers are a huge, huge deal, especially like last week. They take advantage of their turnovers, and they can create them. The more we can take care of the ball, the better we'll be. They make it tough for you to do that."
LB-GARY BRACKETT (on what it was like for him last year at this time)
"I was still rehabbing. I was probably a week or two away from coming back. It was tough seeing the guys prepare and not being a part of it, but I was definitely in the meeting room with those guys, trying to communicate with them the intensity of the situation. The playoffs, obviously, are a win or go home mentality, and you have to treat it as such."
LB-GARY BRACKETT (on what the team learned from the 2005 playoffs when the Colts were the No. 1 seed and lost to a No. 6 seed in the Divisional Round)
"I think we learned a lot from the 2005 season, how we prepared and even how we practiced during those bye weeks when we had those two weeks off. This time, the (starters) got a lot more of the reps and a lot more of the game type situations. So, I think we're a lot more prepared. It's an older group now. A lot of those guys on the 2005 team are still here, QB-Peyton (Manning), WR-Reggie (Wayne), C-Jeff Saturday, OT-Ryan Diem, TE-Dallas Clark, DE-Raheem Brock, DE-Robert Mathis, myself. So, a lot of us were here and experienced that. I think we're just communicating to those younger guys that you have to throw that first meeting out the window. We had some success with those guys, but it's going to be a different game, a different challenge, and you have to be ready to go face it."
LB-GARY BRACKETT (on if he thinks Head Coach Jim Caldwell learned from how Tony Dungy handled things in 2005)
"I think he did. Obviously, how he treated the last couple of games. I think 2005 was a little different being that it wasn't a case that we sat out a game, we actually lost to San Diego. They actually beat us for our first loss of that season. I think that you learn, one, that 2005, 2007 and 2008 seasons we had injuries in the playoffs. That really hurt us going into those games. I think his mindset going into this year was to keep us as fresh as possible for the whole season. That doesn't guarantee you anything, but I just think that a healthier team is a better team this time of year."
LB-GARY BRACKETT (on the matchup problems that tight ends can create)
"I think those guys are doing a good job. I think, obviously, it's a shorter throw for the quarterback. A lot of those guys are bigger bodies, so I guess speed-wise they're a disadvantage (for) linebackers and at size-wise they're a disadvantage versus DBs. A lot of those guys are like hybrid receivers. TE-Dallas (Clark) has 100 catches this year. That's probably more than 75 percent of the receivers in the league. I just think it's a unique situation to have a guy that size that can run as well as he does and really get open and really catch the ball in those tight situations."
LB-GARY BRACKETT (on if he's responsible for picking up RB-Ray Rice when he catches the ball out of the backfield)
"I think linebackers, in general, whenever they throw check downs to the running backs, we have to be conscious of that. We have to rally up and make the tackle. So, I think me, LB-Clint (Session) and LB-Philip (Wheeler), obviously, you want to get (depth) and be in the passing lane, but when they do throw those check downs to Ray Rice, (FB-Le'Ron) McClain and (RB-Willis) McGahee you want to be able to get a good break on the ball and limit their production in that phase of the game."
LB-GARY BRACKETT (on the Colts defense not being as good statistically in the second half of the season)
"I think guys saw what we were doing. We were a little banged up towards the second half of the season. We probably played tougher opponents. I think for about six or seven weeks in a row, we were playing opponents that had a chance to get in the playoffs or playing for their playoff lives. That's just how it is. You look at the games this weekend, 45-51, offenses are clicking now. It's tougher on the defensive side of the ball, but I think in this game, ultimately what you want to do is play good and limit the points that the team is able to put up on the board."
LB-GARY BRACKETT (on how he knows the team is ready for the playoffs)
"I think our preparation. One thing Coach Caldwell was adamant about was how we prepare during our bye week. I think the three days of practice that we had were some of the best three days of practice we've had all year. We were really focused on techniques, fundamentals, guys flying around getting after it. That, alone, tells me that this team is going to be ready to come out there Saturday night."
WR-PIERRE GARCON (On what relatives he has in Haiti)
"Aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews. We still have not heard much from them and my mom is still trying to call them."
WR-PIERRE GARCON (On the earthquake)
"It's terrible. It's probably the worst thing that could ever happen there. It's a nightmare. It's a poor country and it's going to take a long time to rebuild."
WR-PIERRE GARCON (On what they need in Haiti)
"A lot of things. We're trying to do the best we can to get things down there and save each other and get them through it."
WR-PIERRE GARCON (On his immediate reaction)
"I couldn't believe it. I was like 'An earthquake in Haiti?' You just don't think about it. You think about earthquakes in California or some place."
WR-PIERRE GARCON (On whether he's been to Haiti)
"I was down there last year, I missed a game when my grandma passed away."
WR-PIERRE GARCON (On how many relatives he has in Haiti)
"A lot. Too many to count, really."
WR-PIERRE GARCON (On what he's doing now)
"I'm keeping in contact with my mom. It's tough to get in touch with people down there because of the phone lines."
WR-PIERRE GARCON (On trying to focus on playoffs while this is going on)
"It's tough, but you know you can't do much, so I have to do my best here. I have to play through them and play for them."
WR-PIERRE GARCON (On using Twitter to spread the message)
"That's all I can really do to help get the message out. That's how we got the pictures out, the word out, that's been really helpful."
WR-PIERRE GARCON (On whether he can use the playoff stage to send his message)
"Spreading the word and helping others is really what it's all about, and this is the best situation to do that now."
WR-PIERRE GARCON (On how he heard about the earthquake)
"I was here, I was driving to my apartment and I've been watching ever since then, and just not believing it."
WR-PIERRE GARCON (On not having that big smile we're so accustomed to seeing in the locker room)
"It's hard, not knowing what's going to happen. It will be hard to come from this. The rebuilding process is going to take forever."
WR-PIERRE GARCON (On his involvement)
"I was involved (with Haitian projects) before this happened. I have started the Pierre Garcon Helping Hands Foundation, and we were planning to go down to Haiti in April."