(on reaction to Pat McAfee) * *
"We released a statement today that I think certainly sums up our position in that regard in terms of we are still collecting information. Certainly not pleased and we are very disappointed in what happened, and once we have all of the information in hand we will certainly take action at that time."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on addressing or re-addressing alcohol-related issues)
"It is something that we do constantly. We talk about it and talk about it often. Obviously, one time is too many and obviously we've had a few more than we would like."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on talking about alcohol related issues before the bye week)
"Here is what I have to say, I talk about it more often than bye weeks, but that is not the issue. It is not necessarily what I've done because evidently what we've been doing, what I've been doing, is not enough. So, the fact of the matter is we just have to get it straightened out because we have much higher standards than that here."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the Colts or league has a program set up to deal with these types of issues)
"It does. Yes it does. It has a pretty wide-reaching program to assist with help where it's needed and also just in terms of consequences as well."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the organization will take punitive action on the matter)
"We are gathering information and we'll take action as soon as we have it all."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on coaching any differently with the crackdown on head shots)
"We don't coach any differently than we've been coaching. There are rules, rules that are in place and we abide by the rules. There have been several rules put in position to make certain that there is some player safety that is taken into consideration and thus that is what we teach. I think that is the end of story, really."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Gary Brackett's comments on getting fined once a year for hits)
"It just depends on the fines. There are a lot of things that happen that maybe aren't flagged in a ball game. They look and see from uniform violations, to a guy tripping a guy or whatever it might be. There's a number of different of situations that occur like that. They can tell whether or not they would deem them to be intentional or what have you. Any person that is playing defense, in particular this game, as fast as things move and as quickly as things adjust on the run and body positions and etcetera, it certainly could happen."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he believes that review was needed for these types of issues)
"I always think there is a delicate balancing act and I thought things were going along well, but obviously this past weekend there were some pretty devastating ones. I did not see them all, but I saw a couple and it warrants attention. There is no question about that."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Gijon Robinson taking time in special teams now that Brandon King is gone)
"Possibly. A lot of it depends on body types in terms of those positions. His is a bit different than Brandon, so someone else may have to absorb some. Maybe Gijon fits in a couple of different spots, but not necessarily a one-for-one trade in that regard."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the loss of Brandon King and the bye week helping that situation)
"We have to address it and it could be all of the above. That's correct. We have a little bit more time."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on bye week and work to do to get ready for Monday against Houston)
"The most important one is the next one, and obviously we know this is a big one because of the fact it is in the division (against) a team that is playing extremely well and so we have to get ready and get ready to play well. We have this week as a week where we are really focusing in on ourselves, trying to make certain we put ourselves on a position to make certain we get better this week. It's not a week where we can afford to take time off. The guys that are able to practice and can go, we have to really focus in to make sure certain guys are moving forward. Next week we start to hone in a little bit more on Houston."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on comparison as a former safety and tackling then and now)
"Back then was quite a while ago as you recall and a lot of things have changed during that era. I think that even in college football they have adjusted things quite a bit where they have a lot of rules that are similar to what we play with here in this league. There was a time where in this league they were protecting the quarterback and watching head shots and all of that kind of stuff and in college football they were not. But now college football is also doing some of the same things and oftentimes, I know I was on the rules committee when I was in college and Jerry Seeman, who used to be director of officiating in this league, would sit in on our meetings and we would always confer with him, 'Hey, what are you guys doing in the NFL,' so on and so forth. Now you see a real blend between the two and I do think that way back when it was more shoulder tackling and things of that nature, but yet there were a lot of things that were legal back then that are not legal now, and I think for the better. Player safety is a big issue. You are talking about guys whose careers could be reduced somewhat and those kinds of things and you certainly do not want that. Yet, you still want the ability to play the game as tough and with the kind of speed and velocity that we are accustomed to."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the progress of the offensive line throughout the year)
"Well, I was certainly pleased with the way in which we played last week. I think we did a nice job controlling the line of scrimmage and ran for a decent amount of yards. I like the progression that we are making there, but just like anything else we have to get to the point where we are consistent. One week we run it really well versus the Giants and a couple of weeks later we finally run it really well again. I think we just have to get more consistent. That's the key."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the status of Joseph Addai)
"With all of them it is one of those things with a bye week we get a chance to rest guys a little bit more than we ordinarily would if we had a game coming up this weekend. It would be a little different status in terms of what we would hopefully have him doing at this point in time. He's resting and trying to recover. We don't place any time limits on him and we'll see when he comes back. He's a pretty quick healer."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Andre Brown being used a kick returner)
"There is a possibility. He is certainly capable."