Head Coach Jim Caldwell Quotes

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on an update on WR-Austin Collie) Monday, December 20, 2010 “I haven’t seen him yet today, and our medical staff hasn’t seen him, either, as I understand. At some point in time, when they come in and check in, we’ll get a sense.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on an update on WR-Austin Collie) Monday, December 20, 2010

"I haven't seen him yet today, and our medical staff hasn't seen him, either, as I understand. At some point in time, when they come in and check in, we'll get a sense. Things were moving in the right direction when I saw him after the ballgame was over. Hopefully, he's doing better."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how does the team handle it when a player suffers a second concussion in the same season) Monday, December 20, 2010

"Our medical professionals are as good as they come in those areas. They take all the necessary precautions, and they do everything the right way. They are very conservative in that regard. The most important thing is his health. I'm certain the same procedure will be important as well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if WR-Austin Collie's eagerness to get back on the field sometimes works as a detriment when dealing with concussions) Monday, December 20, 2010

"That's part of the whole process, in terms of using medical professionals that know what they are doing. That part does not play into it. You have to pass a battery of tests, and there are so many other things that go along with it, another independent sort of person to take a look at the individual as well. So, the part where a guy can literally talk himself back into playing doesn't work, or showing a desire to play. If he doesn't pass the exams and everything doesn't line up properly neurologically, then they won't release him."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he will be hesitant to put WR-Austin Collie back in the game if/when he is cleared to play) Monday, December 20, 2010

"Here's the thing, there is not a coach that makes any decision on anyone who has a concussion or anything of that nature. It's a medical decision. Once he's cleared and they say he's ready to go, then that's the case. We'll let him go back out and play the game that he loves."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if it is fair to say WR-Austin Collie is out indefinitely) Monday, December 20, 2010

"I couldn't say that."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if this is technically his second or third concussion) Monday, December 20, 2010

"I'm not certain. I couldn't give you that information, accurately."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if this is a separate situation from the concussion WR-Austin Collie suffered at Philadelphia on Nov. 7) Monday, December 20, 2010

"I am not, at this point in time, giving you any definitives in that regard. You may have to talk to the guys in our medical department. They probably can give you a little bit more exact timeline, in that regard, to what occurred."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the tests WR-Austin Collie will have to pass to be cleared to play) Monday, December 20, 2010

"I don't know them all. It's a complex number. I'm not certain as to how they are administered. That's not my field of expertise. I'm an X and O guy. I'm the guy that tries to get this team lined up and ready to go. The medical portion of it is handled by guys that have years and years of experience and do a tremendous job in that area."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if WR-Austin Collie is cleared and ready to play does he still have a spot on the team) Monday, December 20, 2010

"We lean totally on the response we get from those who are in charge of that particular area."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what he thought when he saw WR-Austin Collie get injured on Sunday and how he separates the business side from the personal side) Monday, December 20, 2010

"I don't separate them because I care more about them than I do about anything else, in terms of his personal health and safety. It was not a comforting thing to see him lying out there on the field, obviously, but when I got out there he was moving his legs and responding and certainly that made me feel a lot better."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Colts being in same mode as last week, to win and move on) Monday, December 20, 2010

"Obviously our scenario has not changed even with a couple of victories under our belt here in the last quarter. We still are basically in the same position. We have to win the next one and it's make it, take it."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what jumped out in the run game after watching the film) Monday, December 20, 2010

"Most of it was pretty clear cut out on the field. Guys did indeed block well, gave RB-Donald (Brown) some cracks and got him into the second level. Actually the guy he had to contend with was more often than not a defensive back as opposed to a linebacker. Once you get in the second level, if you can make a guy miss, you have the opportunity for some pretty big plays. He was able to do that. The plays were well blocked ,and I think our offensive line did a tremendous job up front handling their front and the backs found a few areas to run. They used good vision and were able to tack some yards on which we needed."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if what he saw in RB-Donald Brown came out yesterday) Monday, December 20, 2010

"I think Donald early in the year was kind of nursing a little injury here a little injury there and hadn't gotten good, solid practice and hadn't gotten into the flow of things. He was kind of just working his way back where now he just feels really healthy. I think you see literally the same thing you saw last year from him. There were spurts where he would pop out of there for fairly significant runs from time to time, and that's what you saw yesterday. He does have that ability. He is guy that will hit creases on you and once he gets out front he can cover some ground. He was pretty effective."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the touchdown run was a stretch play) Monday, December 20, 2010

"You could call it that, yes. It was an outside run play."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on not running the stretch play in recent weeks) Monday, December 20, 2010

"We have always had it in our package. Oftentimes what happens is a lot of what we do depends on what we see. Oftentimes teams play different techniques, etcetera, and some of them don't let you have that particular play because the way in which they align. So when we do have the opportunity to run certain plays we do so according to the looks that we get."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what he attributes the run defense to) Monday, December 20, 2010

"Guys obviously played with a lot of energy which they always do, but we were very, very sound in terms of our gap control. I think we ran around to the ball extremely well. We used our speed to our advantage, our quickness to our advantage against a team that runs the ball extremely well. And we tackled well. I think those things were quite evident and very, very important for us to stop a pretty powerful running attack that had been chewing up a bunch of yards in the previous six weeks. So we did a nice job collectively. You do not stop that type of running game unless you have a collective effort from not only your down linemen, which we did, meaning our two defensive tackles, but also our defensive ends, our linebacking corps and our safeties and corners. They all played a role in it."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what carries over to Oakland RB-Darren McFadden from performance against RB-Maurice Jones-Drew) Monday, December 20, 2010

"Nothing. (It's) different."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on why it does not carry over) Monday, December 20, 2010

"You have to start from scratch because from a schematic standpoint they are a little different team. He is a different style back. Week in and week out you are going to run into a little different style. This guy has churned out about 1,100 yards I think at this point. He is averaging 5.2 yards a carry. So that tells you right then and there that there is a lot of big runs in there and he is one of those guys that he can wiggle you, but he's got power, he's got unbelievable speed. So if you give him a crack, you are going to have some difficulty. We have to look at their scheme. Some of the things obviously that we did, we have got to tackle him. That's a big thing, and gap control is very important to us. Just in terms of a schematic standpoint we have to look at them all differently. We attack them different ways just depending upon what they give us. You have to take into consideration not only what they do from a running standpoint, but also what they do to counter it. How do they counter their runs? Do they counter their runs with reverses? Do they counter their runs with play action passes? You take all of those things into consideration when you are putting together your package. That's why I said what I said when I said, 'nothing.' I was not being acerbic in my response, but what I was trying to do was give you a view that overall we have to consider a lot more things other than, 'This team runs the ball and runs it well.' What are the counters off of it? What do you have to be in a position to defend for the second portion of what they do?"

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if RB-Dominic Rhodes gives the Colts a complete package at running back i.e. pass blocking, receiving and rusher) Monday, December 20, 2010

"Dom is versatile. He ran the ball obviously well. He has good movement and ability, but he also had a couple of real nice situations where he stepped up to take on linebackers. He didn't just take them on, I mean he put them down, which is what you like to see because it does still create that good solid pocket. No softness to it. Dom is a veteran. Dom understands how important that is. He can do a little bit of everything and he catches the ball well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if that's why Rhodes was in at the end) Monday, December 20, 2010

"Well it just depends on our situation. I think he, RB-Donald (Brown), RB-Javarris (James), all of the guys that we had available yesterday are guys that can really handle all of those phases. If you can't handle all of those phases it is very difficult to play within our system because you are not quite certain what you are going to get sometimes. It depends upon the look that we get depending upon what plays we are going to call. So we can't put a guy in the game saying, 'This is definitely going to be a run,' and just give him the ball and let him carry or just say, 'This is going to be a pass, so you are a pass protector.' The other thing is if you did that, it would not take the opposition very long to figure out what you are doing if you have to depend on different guys for different things. For us, a more complete back is what we look for and all three of those guys have those traits."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if at the mid-point of the season, was he aware of where Rhodes was) Monday, December 20, 2010

"We talk all of the time, particularly when you have had injuries at a particular spot. A lot of names pop up and we were certainly aware of where he was. As a matter of fact I had seen him on HDNet on a couple of situations. I told him about it, too. I told him he was the star of the show on a couple of those interviews and he kind of chuckled about it. We knew exactly where he was and what his situation was, etcetera. Guys that have been in our system, it is always good to keep track of them because you never know when the need will arise."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the Colts are in need of a safety) Monday, December 20, 2010

"Could be. There is a possibility. We are just not sure on the extent of the health, but that certainly could be the case. At the end of the first half, we only had two safeties that were able to go."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the timeout on the onside kick) Monday, December 20, 2010

"It was a little different. They kind of used a middle dribbler on the first one and the second one they used the slider a little bit more to the right. Nevertheless, it gave us a chance to look at it. We had an opportunity to see what to expect and LB-Tyjuan (Hagler) did a nice job of getting his hands on it and putting it in the end zone because certainly we needed that cushion in such a tight game."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the rule of thumb on a play like that in terms of what LB-Tyjuan Hagler did) Monday, December 20, 2010

"When you can run out the clock, that's what you tell them. In that situation, we could not run the clock out. That is exactly right. If it is like 30 seconds or 45 seconds or under a minute and it matches up with the number of timeouts they have, we tell them to go down. Otherwise, you have got to score."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if DB-Kelvin Hayden had a setback in practice last week) Monday, December 20, 2010

"I would assume we put it on the report if there was an issue with him. He did practice a couple of days and he had a little bit of an issue and did not practice."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on why Coach did not ask for a measurement on the 4th-and-2 call when the Jaguars were assessed a penalty for chop blocking) Monday, December 20, 2010

"They did not have to tell me. On fourth down situations, I stand on the line to gain right there because that is where you have to make decisions on, 'Did he make it? Do you need to challenge the spot?' There are so many different scenarios. There was no question that he made it. Not even a thought. It wasn't even close. So if you decline that one, you have got a first down. I don't think we want to do that one, I don't believe. It was pretty clear. I don't know what it looked like on television or any thing of that nature. I'm telling you if there was a situation that you had thought about it, you wouldn't even challenge that one. He got it by a yard or a half-yard at least."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on his interpretation of the fair catch call) Monday, December 20, 2010

"I love the way you guys are trying to get me in trouble on certain days. You asked me a question and I am going to answer it. The answer is it looked like a fair catch signal, but that is not what they saw and therefore it was not called, and we did not do a good enough job on the coverage team getting him down. That's the way it goes."

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