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Head Coach Jim Caldwell Quotes

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on RB-Devin Moore’s night against Buffalo) “He performed well. He gave us a bit of a lift in our return game, both in kickoff returns and punts.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on RB-Devin Moore's night against Buffalo)

"He performed well. He gave us a bit of a lift in our return game, both in kickoff returns and punts. You could see him really coming along, even in practice. He typically shows that he has very good field awareness, excellent vision and he's got speed. We have a couple of more games to go yet, but we certainly like the way he's trending at this point."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on expecting RB-Devin Moore to do well)

"It's one of those things where we get a chance to look at them practice and even during our OTAs, and you could see that he had a bit of a spark. But much like anything else, he has real good potential, but one game does not necessarily a season make. But I do think he is headed in the right direction. He has some ability."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if RB-Devin Moore is now under consideration for punt returner after his performance against Buffalo)

"He always was. Obviously, you can only work so many guys per game. Last week, KR-Brandon (James) got a few more opportunities in the punt return game, so this week we wanted to make sure that Devin got a few as well. He's one of those guys that has some dual-return ability."

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HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on who will get a chance at punt returner next week at Green Bay)

"We haven't determined yet. We'll make that determination a little bit later on. Some of it has to do with health and all those types of things, but we'll have somebody back there that is eager for the opportunity, that is for sure."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if RB-Devin Moore can be a player with many different roles on special teams)

"It just depends. Hopefully, he'll be able to do some other things besides just return because with the size of squads these days it's great to have a guy that has some flexibility. I think all of those guys that we're looking at certainly do have the capability of doing other things besides just simply returning."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he'd like to have just one player in the regular season be the primary punt returner and kick returner)

"Every year is different. It just kind of depends. As we look at the roster and as it boils down, whatever it allows and whatever is best for us at that particular point in time, that's what we'll do. I don't think you place any limitations on that aspect of it."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on kick returner and punt returner requiring different skill sets)

"Certainly, I think so. I think sometimes you find guys that are more adept at fielding kickoffs than they are returning punts because it's different. Then some guys can do them both fairly easily. There is a little difference in dynamics, body size, collisions, etc., that occur in kickoff returns that maybe you don't get the exact same type of impact hits on punt returns."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how the run game has been in preseason)

"I think you can see that we ran the ball a little better. I think that was quite evident. RB-Joe (Addai) had a couple of nice runs. RB-Donald (Brown) had a couple of nice runs. RB-Devin (Moore) had a couple of nice runs. (RB-Javarris) James had a couple. We have a number of guys that can punch it up in there pretty good, but we still have a long way to go. We blocked a little bit better and got some things done. I think the offensive line with a lot of plays, just in terms of assignments, and getting some things done a little bit better this week that we didn't do last week. We're certainly encouraged by that, but we also understand that we have to work."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if it is hard to evaluate the run game because of the injuries to the offensive line)

"I think you can certainly evaluate and make a comparison. How did we do last week as opposed to this week? We got better, and we anticipate that will be the same thing that will happen this week, as well. That's our goal and aim."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if anything jumped out at him after watching film today)

"There are a multitude of things. Some of them I've already mentioned, our return game was better, our ground game was better. I think once we got our feet on the ground, both offensively and defensively, we put together some pretty good scoring drives offensively, and defensively had a pretty good number of three-and-outs. I think it may have been nine for the game. So, some of those things started to fall into place, but there are also some things that you need to work on, as well. We certainly had more penalties than we are accustomed to having, particularly at the start of the game. It kind of put us in a little bit of a hole to dig our way out of. Also, we probably missed more tackles than we've missed (previously). Those are some things that we have to work and shore up and improve."

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HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –now becoming like a regular game week)

"This week is the week in which we will focus in on our opponent much like we would do in terms of our game week preparation. The difference is we don't have as much film to take a look at. As a matter of fact I think Green Bay has one at this point that they have played. Tomorrow evening we will get that when it comes in. It will probably be late, late tomorrow night when we get it or early in the morning on Sunday. Our Sunday will be like our Wednesday practice and so on and so forth leading up to game time."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Injuries for this week)

"It is tough to tell right now. We have got some bumps and bruises here and there. We will know better (when) guys check in this afternoon. You get a real good look and do an early sort of review right after the game, but it will take you a day or two to get everything ironed out and see where you are."


"(Bob) got his feet wet. It was good to see him back out there. He ran around well. I think for his first time out, he did O.K. His standards are pretty high, but I do think that he did alright for his first time out."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Curtis Painter's performance)

"I think that much like anything else, it is a process and it is a long journey. Oftentimes we as coaches have an opportunity to see things develop underneath the surface that aren't quite evident on game day. I think you'll see that he will continue to improve. That was certainly a good start and something to build upon. He played well and we anticipate that he will keep getting better."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Curtis Painter blocking out criticism)

"I think it's part of the nature of the position. He has played that position and the guys that have played it have played a long time. It is certainly not the first time they have been under the microscope and a little more undue pressure added to that position. I think they have grown accustomed to handling those situations. They take them on, embrace those opportunities, they're competitive, they challenge them and I think they emerge a little bit stronger as a result of it."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Curtis Painter doing anything differently)

"No. That is probably the short answer. He really didn't. He practiced exactly the same he has always practiced. We do anticipate that his performance will continue to improve, but he didn't do anything special."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –if the health of the offensive line this week will affect Peyton Manning's playing time)

"I can probably just tell you that we evaluate everything. Right now we think we are in decent shape up front, as we are in a number of other positions. Where we are short, we find a way to overcome it. We will evaluate everything when it gets closer to game time, but at this point in time I certainly would not anticipate it."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –how long Manning played last night)

"That is typically what we've done. We've always gone a couple of series the first game, fairly close to a quarter the second game, a little bit longer in the third game, and the fourth game, we'll see."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –health and youth of offensive line)

"I think they have handled themselves fairly well. (Their) pass protection was pretty solid. We ran the ball better than we had run it the week before with some guys that have not played a whole lot at this point. That is what we expect. We expect them to get better than they are today. We look forward to the challenge this week. We have a real good football team that we are going to play, so they are really going to have to be good. They are really going to have to get better quickly."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on – Jacques McClendon's play)

"He and (Jeff) Linkenbach both played very well in there for the amount of time they have had at those positions. They are strong guys, they will fight you, they are smart, but they have a ways to go. We are certainly pleased with the direction."

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HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Anthony Gonzalez's progression so far)

"He is coming along. I think that you can see that every time he is on the field he finds ways to make plays for you. So, he is doing well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –defensive backs Terrail Lambert and Mike Newton)

"I think Newton did indeed play pretty well and ran around making plays. Terrail certainly, I think he had nine tackles, so he was active and made a few plays down the field on deep balls and things of that nature. I think they certainly have gotten a little bit better. They've improved and they are working at it."

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