(Opening Comments) * *
"This morning we had meetings and going into what would be our Thursday practice (this afternoon). There are quite a few different situations that we cover, third-and-one, red zone, two-minute, coming out, all those real vital areas. Practice is just a hair longer than what we usually do on a Wednesday practice. So, it indeed takes a real supreme concentration and their maximum effort. We're looking forward to a good practice this afternoon."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the team had a good practice yesterday)
"Yes, they sure did. As always with a couple days off you have to knock a little rust off, but that usually happens the first portion of practice. They were able to come through, and we were pleased with the effort we received."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if QB-Jim Sorgi looked good)
"He did ok. He's doing a few things. We are certainly not pushing it too hard, but he looks like he is throwing the ball decently, and he just has to continue to get stronger."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what some of the most difficult or stressful parts of being a head coach are)
"I'm not certain that there is anything really difficult. There is nothing easy in the job, let me put it that way, but just in terms of anything out of the ordinary that I didn't expect, I haven't come across that yet. The challenge is the organization of it all, dealing with different sets of adversity that come along, guys that can practice, can't practice, can play, can't play. Those issues are constant. You have to do quite a bit of juggling along the way, but that's one of the things that I anticipated was going to happen after being in it so long. That's just the way it is. So, you have to look at it a couple of different ways. Either you let it affect you to the point were you agonize over it, which I don't, or you coach who shows up, which I do, which has kind of always been a motto of mine from when I first started coaching. The things you can't control, you can't worry about. What you have to do is get the guys out there prepared and ready to play to do the best job they possibly can. The other thing is that's always been sort of a theme around here as well, and we've continued in that vein. The other thing is dealing with the media on a daily basis. Even in college, you didn't always see them everyday. So, that's a little bit different. That part has become somewhat enjoyable from time-to-time, not every time, but time-to-time."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how DB-Matt Giordano is doing)
"He's doing ok. He did not practice yesterday. He feels that there is a possibility he might be able to make it back (for Detroit). The doctors, I'm not certain they feel any differently, allow him to see what he can handle. We'll probably have a little bit better idea today after the day is over and done with. I think they're going to do a little activity with him and see where he is."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on DB-Jerraud Powers, DB-Jacob Lacey and DE-Robert Mathis not practicing yesterday)
"(Jerraud) didn't go yesterday. We held him out, but he's going today. He's back in action. Lacey is still down, and it's questionable if he'll make it back for the game. I can't remember right off hand (what his injury is). Mathis was out there and did a little bit, but did not practice. He has been cleared today, so we'll see how much he'll do, probably a little light work today."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if DB-Antoine Bethea will play Saturday)
"He practiced yesterday, so there is a chance, but we'll have to see."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how DE-Marcus Howard is playing)
"He's making progress. He's made a lot of good plays. You can see in the ballgames where he had an opportunity, he got after the quarterback pretty good. He's a guy with a lot of speed, talent and ability. Right now it's youth. He has to continue to mature and get himself in position to make more plays. He's working hard and learning the system. This is his second year, so we're expecting to really see quite an escalation just in terms of his production, and we hope to see that before this preseason is over with."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how he determines how much to show in the preseason)
"The big thing is you really want to try find out whether or not they can handle the basic fundamentals. That is the big thing during this time of year. I think often times teams will not show everything they are going to do during the course of the season. They don't want to give the opposition any prior notice, but you still have to work on some of those things in a practice setting, whatever those might be. For the most part, I think if you're going to use something, you better practice it in this league, and you better get it ready, because it's not something you can unveil the week that you're preparing for a team and expect to be good at it. So, there is a delicate balance."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how much you hold back in preseason)
"Not a whole lot. You really can't, not if you want to be really effective. You can't afford to do that."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if this coming game against Detroit will show him what type of team he has)
"I think everyday you find out something about your team, particularly when you're evaluating personnel. Everyday is a little different. I do believe by the time we finish our preseason with Cincinnati, we'll have a good feel for everybody. This particular game coming up we're probably going to play the starters a little bit longer than normal, so there will be a few guys toward the end that had gotten in last week that won't be able to play for us this week. In Cincinnati, they'll get quite a bit of playing time. So, it'll balance out. By the time we finish preseason, we'll have a real good sense of who we are."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how OT-Tony Ugoh has looked since the first preseason game)
"Good. He's still performing well and coming along and doing a nice job."