Head Coach Jim Caldwell Quotes

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the position of the umpire is still being evaluated) “I think that is the indeed the case. I think that is what they wanted to use the preseason for, to test it and see how to make certain that we get it implemented properly.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the position of the umpire is still being evaluated)

"I think that is the indeed the case. I think that is what they wanted to use the preseason for, to test it and see how to make certain that we get it implemented properly. It's all part of the evaluation process."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if last night's game shows that the umpire should be moved back to the old spot)

"I'm assuming they are going to look at not only us, but other teams and how it affects them and just see where they can adjust things to best suit the flow of the game."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if QB-Peyton Manning has to look at the head linesman to get the okay to have the ball snapped)

"As the rule is now, to the side of the umpire or basically to the linesman to the side of the umpire is the one in which gives him the signal to go at this point."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if that is tough for a quarterback)

"Anytime that you have any sort of a diversion, something a little bit different than the norm that takes your eyes away from the opposition, (it) can be a problem."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the positioning of the umpire not being a problem in the first two preseason games)

"No. Our flow of the game was good the first two games. I think things went along well in this particular game. It didn't go as well as we'd like, but like I said, it's all part of the evaluation process."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he thinks that this rule could be enforced differently by different officials week-to-week)

"We certainly hope not. We hope that it's going to be one that is pretty uniform throughout, so that we don't have to make any adjustments on a weekly basis depending upon who is calling the game."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if a tape of the game will be sent into the league similar to as is done during the regular season)

"Because so many issues are being evaluated that's not necessary. (Colts President) Bill (Polian) is on the competition committee, and he is right in the thick of those things. We have a strong and direct voice."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how much of a hindrance is this rule change on the Colts' offense)

"Let me put it this way, I do think it's being evaluated. It didn't work well for us last night on a couple of occasions, and so we hope in the evaluation process they'll find some middle ground and give us an opportunity to use our offense like we've done for a number of years."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on any updates on players injured last night)

"Not at this point. They report at noon, so they are being evaluated as we speak. They come between 12:00 and 2:00, so they'll have an opportunity to take a real good look. Sometimes you can't tell for a bit after the game to make a real certain evaluation and sometimes a little bit longer than that. But the good thing about it, we have a pretty good group of quick healers. We're looking forward to those guys getting back quickly."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he thinks any players injured last night could possibly miss the season opener on September 12)

"It's too early to make that assessment."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how he though WR-Pierre Garcon did in his first action of preseason)

"We think he certainly made a few plays for us out there. He ran well. He did a good job in terms of down-field blocking. He looked pretty good."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if with all of the different offensive options, if there might be different offensive formations)

"We've always been a team that's used multiple formations and different sets and put people in a lot of different places because of the fact that we have a lot of versatile guys, and I think you'll continue to see that. We had quite a bit of shuffling in-and-out last night. Some of it was by necessity, more so than design, but in other cases it's what you may see or can anticipate in the future."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on any update on WR-Austin Collie's status)

"He's coming along really well. I would anticipate that he will be back shortly."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what he takes from last night's game)

"I think oftentimes, and I made this statement last night and I think it does indeed hold true – You're never as good as you think you are when you win, and you're never as bad as you think you are when you lose.  After having an opportunity to take a look at the film, you certainly look at things a little differently. Take our situation, we take the ball (the) first drive and in two plays we're in the end zone. That's a pretty good start. You have to be pleased with that. From a defensive standpoint, they came out and took the ball down and scored. The next time they had the ball it was a three-and-out. Our offense went down and we got a field goal. The next time we go down our offense scores a touchdown. That first quarter was a pretty good quarter that looks about the way we play. The turnaround was right at the end of the second quarter. That's where we fumbled a punt, muffed it, and they got a touchdown. Then we get a situation where they take it down the field and a penalty stops the clock when the clock is running and they get a shot at the end zone and score another touchdown. But in-between that time, our defense did a great job on a fourth-down stop after a turnover, so there were a lot of good things in that first half. Those are the things that get lost, such a thing as getting lost in the translation of a game, that gets lost in the evaluation of a ballgame until you actually have an opportunity to go back and look at the film and digest what happens. So there were a lot of good things in that regard. DB-Bob Sanders came back and played well. He looks a lot more settled than he did the week before, knocked the ball loose on a caused fumble. I can go on and on and on. DB-Antoine (Bethea) played well. There were a lot of guys that did nice jobs out there, but some because of the fact that the second half had all the miscues and penalties and etc., things got a little bit out of hand. That's what happens if you have an inordinate amount of penalties, you turn the ball over, you're going to get some scores like that, that get a little bit out of hand. But overall, when you look at the meat of what we were trying to get accomplished, there were a lot of good things in there, but also some things we need to get straightened out."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on turnovers and penalties being a problem this preseason)

"Just have to keep working. (We) certainly emphasize that. You certainly don't want to go out there and play scared. (Senior Offensive Assistant) Tom Moore always had this saying, 'Let's play smart, not scared.' That's what we're trying to do. We still want to be aggressive, but we want to make certain we protect the ball, and then also get some more turnovers. We had a couple of loose balls last night that we didn't get. Those things I think come. We have a lot of things to work on, good thing we have a couple of weeks."


"He handled himself pretty well. He made some nice adjustments, in terms of making the proper calls with our defense. He moved to the ball well. He's learning."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how much shifting a Colts linebacker is required to do)

"Depending on the call, some calls require shifts, some (do) not, some you stand pat. But there is still a lot of thinking going on. He's like the quarterback of the defense, and he handled it well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what he wants to get out of the final preseason game next Thursday)

"It's still an evaluation process. We're not going to deviate much from what we've done previously. We still have a lot of guys that we need to take a real good look at to find out what we have, what they can do for us, where they fit. That's what this game will be. It'll be a huge part of our evaluation. We still have some things we have to improve upon as well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on this being an important game for guys that haven't gotten the chance to play a lot in the preseason)

"There are a number of guys that haven't had an opportunity to play a whole lot. This game is going to provide an opportunity for some. This is where they get an opportunity to show what they are capable of doing, how much they've learned and how they can apply it on the field of play. This is a very, very important ballgame."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on evaluating the return game)

"It's constant. Week-by-week we've been making adjustments, getting some guys a little bit more work so we can do some evaluating, and the same thing will happen this week, as well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on KR-Brandon James' muffed punt looking like more of a mental mistake than a physical one)

"I would say that is probably an accurate assessment, but the big thing about the return game, and I think I've mentioned it to you guys, we certainly want to improve in terms of getting a few more return yards, and I think we've started to show improvement in that area. We have a couple of guys that can certainly move that ball forward a bit. But there's a progression to that. I kind of compare it to my golf game. The first thing with a golf ball I want to do is make contact, that's number one. The second thing is to get it airborne, and the third thing is to hit it straight. I'm still on number two. The same thing happens in terms of the return game. The first thing you have to do is catch it. The second thing, you have to secure it. The third thing, you get us some yardage. One and two have to be a given, because even if you don't get a yard, as long as you catch the ball and possess it and give our offense a chance to move that thing, we're going to be all right. It may not be exactly what we wanted, but we're going to be okay. We certainly don't want to turn it over, and we have to look at whether an individual is dependable or reliable. All of those things are a necessity in that position." 

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