HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on WR-Austin Collie and DB-Ken Hamlin) Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"Let me begin by saying I think you all had a chance to see the release that we do have Ken Hamlin coming in obviously to help us at a spot where we need a little assistance, and he is a guy that has been around the league for a little bit and does indeed have some experience. We are happy to have him. Also, on a sad note, we have had to put WR-Austin Collie on IR and he certainly is a guy that will be missed, but from a medical standpoint we are concerned more so about his health than anything else, and this is the right thing for him at this particular time. I know we addressed the issue on Monday and with the release, that is probably all I will talk about that situation."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if Hamlin is in for DB-Mike Newton or DB-Al Afalava) Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"Al Afalava is injured at this time. He will be back at some point in time, but that is where we need the help."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how difficult it will be to bring Hamlin up to speed) Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"It just depends on his background. He has enough background and enough experience. A lot of guys, the thing that you have to overcome is just terminology. Coverages are basically coverages once you have been around the league quite a bit, and he has been in a number of different places. It doesn't take very long for those guys to get up to speed very quickly."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how dramatic the hit on coverage teams has been given the amount of injuries this season) Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"All across the board we have had issues like that. I would suspect, and I have not sat down to look at how many different players that we have had to play at those positions overall, but there has been quite a few. It is not something that we dwell upon. Our job is to come up with solutions to problems, and so that is what we basically try to concentrate on. But there have been, all across the board, a number of different guys that have played a number of different spots."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the NFL is a bottom line business, DE-Dwight Freeney had no tackles and two pressures against Jacksonville and if film showed he was more impactful than that) Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"Yes. Oftentimes he may have taken up two blockers that allowed a linebacker to scrape around the corner and make a play, which did happen on a number of occasions. Also, you will probably see situations where, and you probably don't notice it much from your vantage point, that there may have been a couple of guys staying in to focus on Dwight, and there may have been two or three guys trying to get him from going to the passer. What that does is it does indeed limit their route running down the field, it doesn't take away the under coverage, it allows us to get a double where we ordinarily would not have had one and things of that nature. It all ties in together. Oftentimes, simply because of just the shear numbers, you do not get a good sense of how an individual played."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on being around QB-David Garrard more than just twice) Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"He hit him quite a bit, but obviously they do not record pressures and knockdowns, they record sacks. That is basically what people look at, sacks and tackles."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what he recalls about playing at Oakland and how unique that is) Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"Let me put it this way; it is a very unique crowd. I think they have rabid fans, great fans and for any of us who have watched football over the years, have always known that is a place that can be intimidating. I think it is a great football environment. I think that they understand thoroughly the value of a loud, boisterous crowd, and that's what happens when you walk into that stadium. I think they make it a great atmosphere to play in as well."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if RB-Mike Hart has had surgery) Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"What do you mean by surgery? When? Do you mean recently? Not to my knowledge."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Oakland's Pro Bowl corner Nnamdi Asomugha and if he plays both sides) Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"What they have done with him on occasion (is) he will shadow a particular receiver. He will go both ways, go both sides. Talented guy, very talented."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how much pride he has in the perseverance of this team with 17 guys being placed on IR so far this season) Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"In our business, they do not give you any points for that. What counts and what matters is your win-loss record, and that's really what you have to focus in on and that is trying to win games. Anything else is I think a kind of a sidelight. I am certainly proud of the way our guys have fought and hung in there and played and band together, but the fact of the matter is that we have got to win. That's what it boils down to. They way in which our guys have been able to still give themselves an opportunity, still got a chance to get it done in terms of our first goal, we certainly are proud of that, but we have another test ahead of us."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on is there any silver lining in the fact that the Colts have had to play without Collie already this year) Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"I am not sure I would like to concur with the way in which you framed it. I don't think you ever gain any satisfaction or find anything uniquely on the positive side of the ledger due to an injury. I do think that there are times when we do talk about how we embrace a situation that occurs where we do have someone absent where we are able to develop some depth that maybe somewhere down the line that is going to help you. I do think that in this particular case that would be the way to phrase it that we were able to gain a little bit of valuable depth early on with WR-Blair (White) playing against Denver, where it all started, and now we are obviously a bit more comfortable with him at that particular position, although he still has a lot to learn."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Oakland's WR/KR-Jacoby Ford in the return game) Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"Vision, speed, quickness, he's got it. He's been able to find cracks and seams. He can get in them quickly and he can accelerate from 0-60 in a very, very short period of time. You can see that they understand that extremely well also because they use him on reverses and things of that nature, which obviously on the first play of the game last week, he takes one to the house. So, yes, he is a very dangerous runner."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if Ford is as good as he has seen on return games this year) Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"He is very, very good. Every single week there is not a team that we face that doesn't have a real good return man and these guys are no different."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Oakland RB-Darren McFadden and how to best prepare the defense to face him) Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"Well, what he brings is an inordinate amount of power-speed blend. He is a guy that also is a big back that is very elusive and that accelerates extremely, extremely well. But he's got vision. He is a very fine cut-back runner, but he also can hit seams on you very quickly. He's a patient runner. You will be able to see he is not going to rush it. He is very, very patient and follows his blocking extremely well and he's multi-dimensional in terms of his abilities. He can catch it out of the backfield. He runs the Wildcat from the quarterback position, which he did in college and also is capable for doing that for them as well. He is a very versatile guy. He is in the top three or four in terms of receptions for their team. He does a lot of things for them."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the Colts defensive challenges going from a power running team like Jacksonville versus a zone-blocking team like Oakland) Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"There are some similarities between the two. Both teams run similar plays. Jacksonville runs a power as well. Certainly Oakland does. Jacksonville runs sort of a zone scheme at times depending upon their package and what they would like to do. So there are a lot of similarities. The difference is personnel and style of running, offensive lineman that are absolutely huge. They have big people. (OL-Robert) Gallery and (OL-Langston) Walker are big human beings that can move their feet. So that is where it changes. Probably over the last five or six weeks, we've actually faced a lot of teams that run similar styles offensively, but our challenge is to make certain that we get ourselves in the best possible position to make plays and that we take care of our responsibilities. We really try to focus in on how we execute, and that's the thing that is really going to make a difference for us."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Sunday's play with DB-Antoine Bethea and DB-Aaron Francisco and who the helmet-to-helmet hit was called on) Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"The penalty was called on Antoine."