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Head Coach Jim Caldwell Quotes

  HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On RB Joseph Addai and OG Mike Pollak not practicing) Wednesday “In both cases both guys are recovering from injuries but right on pace in terms of recovery.  We are obviously taking it real slow with them.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On RB Joseph Addai and OG Mike Pollak not practicing) Wednesday

"In both cases both guys are recovering from injuries but right on pace in terms of recovery.  We are obviously taking it real slow with them.  They may not be participating in all the drills.  They'll do some of the walk-through stuff and the meetings and all that type of thing.  In terms of sudden movement drills, we're bringing them along slowly."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On WR Reggie Wayne coming in a day or two early) Wednesday

"Year in and year old he's probably kept the same schedule.  He's a guy that keeps himself in great physical condition.  I spoke to him a few days ago and he told me he may be in the best shape he's been in in his life.  That's pretty good shape because he does an excellent job of maintaining his conditioning."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On what has impressed him about WR Reggie Wayne throughout the years) Wednesday

"I would say his consistency in all areas.  He's a guy that has a great love for the game.  He's passionate about it.  He displays it in everything that he does and he has great leadership qualities.  All in all just an outstanding football player and really exciting to be around." 

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On expecting anything different from WR Reggie Wayne this year) Wednesday

"He's been playing at a Pro Bowl caliber level for a number of years now.  We anticipate that same type of performance."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On the ideal workload for RB Joseph Addai this season) Wednesday

"I'm not real certain.  I haven't gotten it down to where I could tell you crystal clear with clarity how we'd like that to be done.  We do like a balance.  It's probably not any different in what we were able to do with Edgerrin James and Dominic Rhodes and with Joe (Addai) and Dominic.  We usually figure that out as we go into the year and try to narrow it down.  Right now I couldn't give you that answer.  We know one thing, that he's going to be able to get some help from the guys that are at that position.   Donald Brown is coming around well.  We certainly believe he'll give Joe the chance to take a break once in a while."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On the contributing factors in the lack of a running game last year, offensive line or running backs?) Wednesday

"I think we were a bit unsettled in some situations.  In some situations we were a little banged up.  Joe might have had a few bumps and bruises here.  He might not have been as healthy as he'd like to be.  I think all of those things may have been factors to contribute to that slight dip."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On anything that may have crossed his mind about RB Joseph Addai's productivity last season) Wednesday

"There wasn't anything that really jumped out at me other than the fact there was a few times and a stretch where he was a little banged up.  I think certainly in those situations he wasn't as productive as he'd like to be."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On the Colts outside linebackers) Wednesday

"I think we have some pretty good depth with (Clint) Session and (Philip) Wheeler.  Those two guys are good outside guys with one playing the SAM and the other playing the WILL.  (Tyjuan) Hagler actually is a guy that played both for us and has some pretty good experience.  We have a number of guys I think can fit in the role.  I think that's where we feel pretty solid.  Guys are learning and developing.  We need a big year out of a number of guys at that spot."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On LB Philip Wheeler penciled in as the starter) Wednesday

"Philip has size, strength and speed.  Those are all the things that certainly will contribute to being able to function at the position pretty well.  He has to learn the system and get a good feel for it.  He hasn't played a whole lot so the experience factor is something we're going to have to make certain he gets enough reps through the preseason and also during this time of the year."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On having officials at practice) Wednesday

"I don't think we've done it in recent years, but it was something that we wanted to do to get some emphasis in terms of keeping our penalties down and make them aware.  You may get some young guys out there who find it a little bit easier to grab and hold, whether it's pass defense or within the offensive line.  The officials make you a little more cognizant of the fact you have to do things right.  We have them throw a flag or two and talk to the defending player to try and make it an emphasis.  They are designated by the league.  There were two out there today.  They are guys that the league is familiar with; they make them available to us."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On what he's seen from RB Donald Brown so far) Wednesday

"He has the speed, balance and quickness that you are looking for.  He has displayed his ability to catch the ball.  He's displayed the fact that he is a willing worker and an exceptional sort of individual in terms of preparation.  He's in here early in the morning and he stays late.  He's got some great habits that he's developed over the years."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On if he will change the way he runs mini-camp and what he hopes to accomplish) Wednesday

"We are not going to change anything that we've been doing.  Maybe a slight change here or there but nothing of significance.  We are going to try to keep it the same way that we've done things simple because we feel there's nothing wrong with the way we were doing it.  There are a lot of victories wrapped up into the way we've done things and we want to try and maintain that.  We're trying to make certain it's an information gathering session for all of the players.  We're installing all along the way our offensive and defensive schemes.  We really want to focus in on our fundamentals and techniques.  What it all boils down to is regardless of the scheme in which you use, guys have to be efficient in blocking and tackling and catching and throwing.  These are the basic fundamentals and the basic rudiments of our game.  That's what we're trying to focus in on."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On the difference between OTAs and mini-camp) Wednesday

"It's basically the same.  It's just the order in which we do them is a little bit different.    We typically go about 20 to 25 plays in our OTAs but actually during mini-camp it'll be a little less.  The only difference is the volume of plays more than anything else."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On Tony Dungy going to the broadcast booth) Wednesday

"I think it'll be great.  He has a very analytical mind.  He has this great knack of being able to look at a situation, diagnose it very quickly and also communicate it effectively.  I think he'll be a natural.  He's fair to everybody.  He calls it like it is.  What he sees, he's going to tell you what he thinks.  I anticipate he'll do the same thing with us."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On an up-tempo practice) Wednesday

"It's something you have to constantly work on and constantly talk about.  The great thing about it is we have guys that have been around here and understand what it is all about.  The young guys have to learn.  The veterans lead the way.  The young guys have to follow suit.  We have to encourage them sometimes.  Running to the ball is something that is very important to us.  We have to emphasize that.  The tempo in which we run plays from an offensive standpoint we think gives us an advantage in terms of keeping the defense on their heels.  That's important to us so we have to talk about tempo and the speed of it.  Those things are all part of this whole process.  Learning what we do and how we do it is also important."

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