Head Coach Jim Caldwell

(on any injury updates) “No, not as of yet. There are a number of guys that had an opportunity to rest last week, and hopefully they were able to recuperate somewhat.


"No, not as of yet. There are a number of guys that had an opportunity to rest last week, and hopefully they were able to recuperate somewhat. But we'll get a further update on some of those guys a little bit later on this week."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on a report saying that WR-Anthony Gonzalez tweaked his ankle)

"I'm not aware of that, so I could not comment on it."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how the team is planning to handle kickoffs)

"It just depends. We've got a week to work our way through that, to see what best suits our guys. We know (K-Adam Vinatieri) can do it, there is no question about that, but that has not been determined as of yet."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if TE-Jacob Tamme will be the holder for field goals and extra points)

"He's certainly a possibility. QB-Curtis (Painter) is a possibility. We have a number of guys that have done it."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on not playing some players as much on special teams)

"That is something we have to look at on a case-by-case basis and try to minimize it as much as we can. Where there is a guy that is going to be playing a pretty heavy load on one side of the ball, whether it is offense or defense, we always take that into consideration. But there are some situations, particularly like we are now, you get to the point where you're pretty thin. Everybody has to help out in some phase or another."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the team can afford to use TE-Jacob Tamme on special teams)

"It's a case-by-case basis. What we'll try to do is look at his situation and see how much (playing time he'll get). It just depends on what game plan we use. It just depends on what kind of personnel grouping we're involved with. We take those things into consideration when we try to determine the number of plays an individual can handle. We'll just have to see as the week goes on."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on concerns about a trickle-down effect on special teams as the team has continued to have to find new players to replace injured ones)

"My job is to win, plain and simple. I do not get concerned with things that I cannot control. I have to deal with the here and now, what we have, what we have to play with. The guys we have, have plenty of talent. We have more than enough to get it done. That's what we try and focus in on. The negative side of it, everybody is in tough shape. You take a look at the game last night, I think Green Bay was playing with some of its offensive linemen playing defensive line. All across the board, it's nothing unique to our location. You have to deal with this every year. I call it the Gideon Principle in this league. At some point in time, you get paired down to the absolute bare minimum. So, you see who can stand tall and who can function in their present circumstances."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if DB-Justin Tryon will return kickoffs)

"I couldn't tell you that today."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if RB-Andre Brown is a candidate to return kickoffs and punts)

"He certainly is. He's a capable guy who can certainly do some things. We'll work that out as the week goes on."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what he sees in WR-Blair White that makes him think he can handle an increased role in the offense)

"I think probably the best thing to look at is past history. He had an opportunity to play in the Denver game and played a fairly significant amount. I think he was able to go in and show that he is capable, and he has gotten better since that time. We anticipate that his learning curve has continued to increase and that whoever is in there will be able to measure up and play and play well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if there is a certain characteristic that college walk-ons like WR-Blair White have)

"TE-Dallas (Clark) was one of those guys too. He did it as well. There are a number of guys on our team that have actually gone on that process. I do think it has a lot to do with their determination and will and willingness to take a bit of a chance, to have to face some hardships and some difficulty and be able to function within that realm. I think all those things do indeed help. Oftentimes, the struggle during the journey is what really makes a difference in terms of the development of the person. I think in his particular case it has helped him a bit."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on when preparing for Houston do you look more at the first game between the teams or more at Houston's games since that game)

"You look at all of it. You take all of it into consideration. You certainly look at the more recent ones, obviously, because a team certainly does indeed evolve and change throughout the year. Injuries force you to do a certain thing, your personality may change a little bit, you may lean on one side of the ball more than another, so we have to look at the most recent games more so than anything else, but we also have to take into account that they played pretty well against us in that first ball game, and you would not anticipate that they are going to deviate a whole lot from maybe what they've done. You're going to see some of it at least, some of the game plan that they had put together for us in that first game, I would assume."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Texans RB-Arian Foster)

"He is a heck of a back. You can certainly see that he has skills and ability and nothing has changed."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on when watching football this weekend did he notice any change in defensive players)

"I didn't sense a lot of guys playing any differently. I just don't sense that at all, but there may be a couple of times that you may have seen evidence of it or thought that you saw evidence of it because you really don't know. At that point in time, I'm sitting in my living room, I'm like an analyst. You can make sort of a guess of what they were thinking, but you really don't know. Overall, I think the games were played like they typically are, pretty clean and guys are still hitting and running to the ball and doing the things they normally do."


"There's no question about it, it's been a very, very tough division for a number of years. This year is no different. It's one where every team has talent and ability and can certainly beat you on any given Sunday as the old saying goes. So, I do not see anything any different than our division has been for quite some time. They run the ball well, they play good defense and they have excellent kicking games. So, all the areas in our division, you better be at the top of your game when you play against them because the opposition certainly will be."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if it's possible that DE-Jerry Hughes will see some expanded duties)

"Once we start practicing on Thursday we'll have a little better sense of it. At this point in time, we're always looking for guys to keep developing moving forward, and I think he is, but we'll just see if that translates into a little bit more of an opportunity in the kicking game."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on with the Colts and Houston both coming off bye weeks does that make it easier or more difficult to game plan)

"It's never easy in this league. There's nothing that makes it easier. It's always a challenge. Oftentimes, you find that maybe a team that has played the week before and you had a bye, from a physical standpoint you may have gotten an opportunity to get a little bit more rest and things of that nature. I think in this particular case, there is no advantage gained. We both obviously had the bye. That would be the only time I think there is a little difference, when one team plays and one team does not. I'm certain they probably did something similar to what we did; tried to get better, tried to get healthy and got ready to prepare for this week."


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