HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the bye week is coming at a good time)
"A very good time because we've been pretty banged up, so it will give us a chance to rest a few guys and see if we can get them back for the next contest. But it's also a delicate balancing act because you also have to try to continue to get better as well, so that's going to be a real challenge for us."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the chance the team can get back RB-Donald Brown and WR-Anthony Gonzalez after the bye week)
"I hope so. We certainly hope that's the case, but you never know. It just depends on what happens between now and then, but hopefully we'll get them back."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if injuries are holding the team back)
"I don't think so. I don't ever believe in making excuses. I think you see week-in and week-out that we have guys step in and play. LB-Pat Angerer did a fine job stepping in and playing for LB-Gary (Brackett). There's that old adage, 'Excuses are tools of incompetence. They are used by monuments of nothingness and those that specialize in them are seldom good at anything else.' I believe that. We do not go out crying, 'Woe is me.' Our job is to win, to get it done, plain and simple."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if there was an explanation given last night on why QB-Peyton Manning's pass on the first drive of the game was ruled an incompletion and not an interception and fumble)
"They treated it in that particular case like a reception, and that's kind of how they judged that particular one. He went to the ground with it, but didn't maintain possession when he hit the ground. Obviously, that's the reason why we challenged it because I thought he took three steps. At some point in time, you have to say he's possessed the ball and there was an ensuing fumble, but that was the explanation."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on theoretically the defensive back could have taken four, five or six steps backwards and gone to the ground and it still ruled an incompletion)
"That's the question I asked, too. How many does it take? It's the way it is."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on where the team stands currently on their return game)
"Today, where are we? We just keep working. We have some guys that are capable. It's one of the things we've got to get sorted out in the next couple of weeks before we get going again. We weren't completely pleased with our performance all the way across the board last night, so we're looking to improve it."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if you can't have the amount of fumbles from special teams that they had Sunday night against the Redskins)
"In any area (you can't have fumbles). But you're absolutely right; you just cannot turn the ball over. That's the most important thing. The first and most important thing to do is catch it, the second is to secure it and the third thing is to get yardage. Obviously, we didn't do that quite as well as we'd like to have done."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on DB-Justin Tryon playing for DB-Kelvin Hayden some last night)
"We were just giving him a little rest, put it that way, during the course of a couple of long drives. We spelled him a little bit."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on whether RB-Joseph Addai has aggravated his shoulder or if it is a new injury)
"Nothing new or nothing different in that sense. I am not sure with that particular injury (and) until after the evaluation and diagnosis will I be able to tell you anything further, but I have not heard of anything new."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the speed of the hurry-up offense affected the success of the Colts run game)
"I think that what helped the run game is that our offensive lineman did a tremendous job. I think they took the challenge of really making certain that they wanted to run the ball well against particularly the looks that teams are now giving us nowadays. I think they did a tremendous job. Those guys played hard and well together and certainly gave Joseph and Mike some opportunities to run, created some creases and I think did a very, very good job. More so than anything else, I think that may have been the case."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on hindsight on staying aggressive at the end of the game versus milking the clock)
"I think it just depends on how you feel, kind of a gut feel in that situation. We knew they were going to try and crowd the box and keep us from running the ball and we knew we had to get a first down. So what better way to do it than the way we have been doing it, and so we obviously tried to stay with what we've been doing. We just weren't able to get it converted."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on WR-Pierre Garcon's one-handed catch)
"Obviously, that was a great catch. Now there certainly have been some tremendous ones and maybe some of the best ones have been in practice, but that one was quite extraordinary to be honest with you. Probably it is fairly close to Marvin's (Harrison) one-hander that he did in Tennessee, and Marvin has had some great catches. Reggie has had some great ones. He had a one-handed catch on the far sideline against Baltimore probably in 2004 or '05 that was a heck of a catch. So, there have been some great ones around here and that is certainly added to the list. By the way, there were two other catches that were of note as well. (Aaron) Francisco was a heck of an interception with one hand and then also, with his left hand, Jerraud Powers on the interception, cutting in front of the receiver and making that catch. There were a couple of pretty good catches out there that were really important obviously through the course of the game."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on DB-Aaron Francisco's interception being an all or nothing type of play)
"You may be able to say that with a lot of plays in close games. I mean you can point out a number and I'm sure Washington is sitting there talking about the missed opportunities they had with a couple of interceptions. You could say it, but the fact of the matter is what happened, happened. It was a great effort. You can't take anything away from it and start, you can speculate, but that's not my job. The fact is that he got it done. He judged it properly. He made a tremendous leap and was able to bring that ball in and certainly secure the win for us."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the missed tackles)
"Yes, (there) were far too many and it certainly made things a lot more difficult that way. He was able to ramble for extra yardage on numerous occasions that kept drives alive. (It) certainly helped them establish pretty good field position that had we gotten him stopped in the backfield, where we had him quite a few times, obviously I think we might have been able to get them off the field a little more often. Although, I think overall the defense when you look at two interceptions, three sacks, some key stops and then I think they were 4-of-13 on third downs for 31 percent. So, I think they had a pretty good overall game, but those things made a difference. We just cannot miss that many tackles."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on fumbles coming in bunches sometimes)
"I hope we have seen the end of ours, but that is something that we work hard and preach and talk about. Obviously, that means we have to work a little bit harder at it because those are the things that certainly can cost you. It s very difficult to win a game when you are minus-one in terms of giveaway/takeaway in an away game against a very good football team. That is very difficult to do, difficult to win."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Brandon James and the return game)
"Brandon is obviously still learning, still working and I think he is a guy at some point in time, I'm not certain when, (if) he continues to improve and get better, you may see that he gets an opportunity down the road. Who knows?"
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he is content at 4-2)
"I am not certain that you will ever hear a coach tell you that he is content or satisfied with where we are. We would like to be better. We would like to be undefeated at this time and that's our goal and aim. So, no, I wouldn't say that. I'd say that our guys have played well he last couple of games and we have got to find a way to string good, quality, consistent play back to back to back. We are still in search of that. So we still have a lot to work for."