HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the short week is better or worse coming off of the Dallas game) Tuesday, December 7, 2010
"I think it is a good thing. I think that there are some benefits. I know physically it puts us through a real test that we have to certainly have a quick turnaround. From a mental approach, oftentimes it is better to get back out on the practice field a little sooner and have an opportunity to play a game a little more quickly. I think there is some plusses and minuses to it."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he sees QB-Peyton Manning playing any different these past few weeks) Tuesday, December 7, 2010
"I have not. Someone asked me that question the other day. He's still works as hard as he always works. He is just as diligent (with) every single aspect of his routine and his preparation. I have been around him a little while now and it hasn't changed. He is still doing the same things he has always done, practicing extremely well and I think you will see that he will play well."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Manning's struggles and what Coach says, if anything) Tuesday, December 7, 2010
"First of all, and I think I say this over and over again, I have to keep repeating myself to different groups, but it is worth it: I think it's a position that oftentimes gets too much blame when you lose and gets too much credit when you win. I think all of the things you are looking at in terms of numbers and those kinds of things (that) interceptions are always tagged onto the quarterback's name and (do) not necessarily tell the true story. So what you may be looking at as a very difficult time, I'm saying there is some positives in there that you can't see. So we do not feel the same way you do about that. I just think that he is working hard. He'll play extremely well and you couple that with the number of touchdown passes he has thrown to get us back into the game to give us a chance to win it as well, there are a lot of things I think you can look at it and share. I think his attitude is good in terms of his preparation and I think that he will be all right."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on at what point does he have to pull back the reigns on workloads and study for Manning) Tuesday, December 7, 2010
"He works the same way all of the time. He works hard. That's part of his preparation. His state of readiness is different than the normal individual. That is part of his DNA and that's how he works and that's why he has been a great performer."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on expecting to get some injured players back before Thursday night) Tuesday, December 7, 2010
"There's a possibility. To tell you whom that would be, I could not at this point in time. The short week kind of compounds it from a physical standpoint, maybe even a couple of guys that played in the game on Sunday that may be called to duty or may be able to make it just under the wire. There is a lot of issues that we are dealing with in that regard, but it is not anything different than we have had to deal with the past four or five or six weeks. What we have to do is get ourselves in a position to win and a position to play well, and we will have some guys out there prepared and ready to go against a good Tennessee team."