HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what's different in preparing for Jacksonville this week as opposed to when they prepared for them back in October prior to the first meeting between the two teams) Monday, December 13, 2010
"Obviously, we are where we are, but two teams that basically don't change a whole lot from point to the next. They are still doing the same things. They are doing them better. That's our challenge. They are playing awfully well right now, so it's a real challenge for us."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the games between the two teams always being really close) Monday, December 13, 2010
"I think within our division that is kind of the way it is. It's just a tough division that is highly competitive where you have a lot of teams that play well against one another no matter what their record is. I guess 13 out of 19 times it's been decided by a touchdown or less. Eight of those times, I think, it's been five points or less. When you think about that, how tight it is, how tough it is, there is not much room for error. I think that's the way it is going to be."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what injured players have a chance to play this week) Monday, December 13, 2010
"I'll have a little bit better feel from our medical staff after today. I really don't know exactly, to be honest with you. We're hoping that there is a possibility that we'll get a few guys back, but I don't know who that is going to be. I tend to wait until the medical people say, 'Hey, he's been released to go play.' I think you're probably aware that they are ramping up LB-Clint Session's activity a little bit where he is going to be able to practice a bit more. What that means, I'm not certain. Other than that, I think the others are still day-to-day."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on where the team would be if the some lesser known players hadn't stepped up) Monday, December 13, 2010
"There have been a number of guys that have stepped in and done a nice job because of injuries. It's something, I think, all of us understand that is a great value to us to have young guys that can perform, particularly in some tough situations. We have to continue to do it that way. I think you have to attribute that to the coaches that are getting them ready, the transfer of information from the older players to the younger guys and being surrounded with guys that know what they are doing and give them a little assistance. Also, young gallant men that are interested in taking advantage of their opportunity. I think all of those things come into play, and we're fortunate to have enough young guys to at least keep us in position to have a shot at this thing."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Jacksonville having two good running backs) Monday, December 13, 2010
"Anytime you have two backs that go for over 100 yards it gets your attention. Obviously, RB-Maurice (Jones-Drew) is a guy that is very, very talented and certainly everybody is aware of him, six straight games over 100 yards. Now, (RB-Rashad) Jennings is starting to step up a little bit and get on the move. He's got speed, balance and power. He can just flat out run. He's got a good sense of spatial awareness, and he's difficult to handle. Usually you see a guy take a break and they bring a guy in that may not have the same type of explosiveness, but in this case, both guys are very, very good at what they do."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the Jacksonville rivalry is overlooked) Monday, December 13, 2010
"I don't think it's overlooked. Maybe overlooked by those that are outside of the individuals that play between those white lines, but certainly not overlooked by us. They are a very, very tough team and tough team to deal with, tough team to play. They are a very well-coached group. They are going to give you all they got, and I think it's going to be one of those games whoever executes best, makes the fewest mistakes is going to win."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Jacksonville's run game) Monday, December 13, 2010
"I think they are a team that wants to establish the run first and foremost. I don't think there is any question about that. All you have to do is take a look at how they approach every ballgame. They want to try to run it downhill at you as much as possible. It sets up other things off of that. But they are not one-dimensional by any stretch of the imagination. They can throw the ball. (QB-David) Garrard, you can see by his numbers, is throwing the ball pretty well. But also, as part of that, he's one of those guys that is a two-dimensional guy, meaning that he can throw the ball, but he can also hurt you with his feet as well, and with his legs, he can get outside of the pocket and make things happen in open space. If you're covering a lot of man-to-man on him and turn you back to him, he is going to take off and run. He can break contain, get out on the move, but keep his eyes downfield and create big plays that way. They do a number of things extremely well, but the running game is obviously where they begin."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the offense needing to stick with the run) Monday, December 13, 2010
"What we have to do is be able to be respectable in our running game, to run the ball efficiently. Primarily, because teams start playing more coverage against you and don't concentrate on the run phase of it unless you show you can run the ball in situations. That is what we try to do. We try to make certain that we take advantage of some of those opportunities and add some balance to our offense. It also sets up our play-action passes, which certainly come off of that, but also gives us an opportunity to run the ball in more designated areas that are very important to us, like the red zone."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the team being 7-0 when they run the ball 22 or more times) Monday, December 13, 2010
"I think at times, if you're patient, we find seams and gaps and it ends up being a great compliment to what we do naturally."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what he can attribute the Colts' red zone success to) Monday, December 13, 2010
"I think that obviously with players that play well in that part of the field, I think that we have been able to run the ball decently in that area. Last year, I don't know what the stats will end up this year, but last year we were somewhere around between eighth and sixth in rushing offense in the red zone. I think you will see a little more efficient running down there from us, but also I think that we have a very, very good quarterback who is extremely accurate and can get the ball out quickly in tight windows and receivers that can catch the ball and get open. I think that is all part of it. Usually if you can get down in that area and we can establish some running action in that area, then typically we are able to find a way to get into the end zone."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on why the team runs more effectively in the red zone) Monday, December 13, 2010
"That's one of our challenges in terms of during the year as well. We realize what our stats were in that area and we said 'Hey, if we can run it down there extremely well, why not out in the field?' I think you saw some of that last week where it may not be pretty, but we still think if we are efficient in that area it is going to serve its purpose."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what the team has gotten from RB-Javarris James and WR-Blair White) Monday, December 13, 2010
"Javarris has been a real solid contributor. He has been a guy that kind of sometimes can move the pile for us. I think he runs really well behind his pads and he has been able to get some tough, gritty yards. He has kind of been a battering ram for us. Blair White has been a very good all-purpose receiver. He has been able to come in and play a number of different positions and play them petty well for a young guy. Certainly he is gong to make a mistake here or there, but overall he has caught the ball pretty consistently, he has done a pretty good job for us in terms of punt return and our kicking game. I think he has been able to find a way to use his assets to get open and make plays for us."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how much the rest from the past two to three days helped the players) Monday, December 13, 2010
"I know it's helped us. I know that, but we will see how many guys we have coming back from it, but has certainly helped us in the amount of turnaround time for those guys that even played in the ballgame to recuperate and get their bodies back to feeling good, and I think that is key and important to us. Even for some of the guys that haven't been playing for us as of yet, those few extra days will maybe give us a chance to get a guy or two back, maybe."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the rest helped as much mentally as it did physically) Monday, December 13, 2010
"I think that is a huge part of it. I have said it a number of times, but the mental is to the physical 10-to-1. I am a true believer in that. The mind has a big part to play in obviously kind of getting your mind in the right position to play and being able to perform effectively through some of these very, very difficult times with some adversity facing you and those kinds of things. I think that was key. A little respite helps in both areas."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if it is any different to have to keep winning now to keep playing later) Monday, December 13, 2010
"It's a make-it, take-it situation. I used that term last week and I think it's probably appropriate. This is a game that we all played back on the old basketball courts. If you are able to get a string going, you are able to stay out there and keep playing and it was your ball and that is the way it is. One of the things I have learned over the years is you have to navigate where you are, not where you wish you were or where you have been previously. It is where you are right now. What I am looking at is the fact that we have a great opportunity ahead of us against a challenging team in a great setting. We play them at home. It's going to be an exciting ballgame."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on leaning on veterans to get through the next couple of weeks) Monday, December 13, 2010
"We always do. That is one of the things we try to do and that is empower those guys because of the fact that they have had an opportunity to go through it. They know what it's all about. They can relay things to players in maybe a little different way perhaps than I would, and I think that is good. I think that's effective, and I think it's needed as well."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what went into the decision to place DB-Bob Sanders on IR, the injury or needing roster spots) Monday, December 13, 2010
"Obviously it is a combination. It's never just one thing. Obviously when he got his diagnosis, his most recent one, we had to look at the timeline and the timeline certainly is crucial for us right now, obviously, and the timeline didn't quite match for what we were looking for. Waiting for him in that time period if you ask me whether it was worth it, it was well worth it."