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Head Coach Jim Caldwell Quotes

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on – concern due to offensive line injuries) “One of the things that I think camp is for is to develop some cohesion and unity in a number of different spots. It does indeed make you work on a different angle, but for the most part I think we’ve been here before.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on – concern due to offensive line injuries)

"One of the things that I think camp is for is to develop some cohesion and unity in a number of different spots. It does indeed make you work on a different angle, but for the most part I think we've been here before. It's not unusual, but it will give some guys who haven't had the opportunity to get a lot of reps, a few more reps in the next span of time."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on – Jeff Saturday's prognosis)

"I couldn't give you any time table on when he's going to return. We're not going to place any limitations on him. I haven't heard any specifics in that regard from the doctor. He's always been a quick healer. Whenever he's back and healthy and ready to go we'll get him back in there."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on – When Jeff Saturday's injury occurred)

"I'm not exactly sure when. I'm not even sure if it's something that happened at one particular time. It could've been something over time, but nevertheless it was a situation that had to be taken care of."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on – preparing for the season without Jeff Saturday)

"Well that's what we do regardless of the situation. I think it's just something that you have to look ahead. You know he'll return, but in the meantime we've got to get ready to play."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on – Charlie Johnson's injury)

"He's getting better and progressing."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –how the team changes with Saturday out)

"I'm anticipating that our culture will remain the same. Obviously he's a very important part of our team. He's been around a long time. He's got a lot of knowledge and expertise, but I think (in) 2008 we had to play without him as well and Jamey Richard stepped in and did a good job. We'll be happy to get him back, but right now we have to get ready to move forward."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on – if Jacques McClendon had any surgery)

"If he did we would have announced it. We're not trying to hide anything. If anything does come along we will announce it."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on – If Jamey Richard will be the primary center)

"We have a lot of options, but that's one of the options who will play center for us. He's been in there before, he knows the position, but obviously Mike (Pollak) knows it as well. We have some pretty good flexibility in there."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –looking for "silver lining" in bad situations)

"There's always something you can look at that ends up being a positive for you. One of the things I talked about before training camp started was that there is going to be some adversity during training camp. There's going to be things that we have to adjust to, but the best thing that happens to us is the fact that if we can come out of it a little bit more experienced, a little bit stronger, with a little bit more depth, that's happened to us in a number of positions all throughout our years here, whether it's Bob (Sanders) and (Melvin) Bullitt coming through and performing well, and now we have three safeties that play extremely well and so on and so forth. I can think of a number of situations that occur. ( Austin) Collie and (Pierre) Garcon, you can just start counting and you can see that our team does a pretty good job in handling those situations. We don't get bent out of shape. Let's just find a way to get better. We make no excuses. Zero. We just have to get better."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on – Fili Moala playing end position)

"That's the nice thing about some of our guys. It just depends on where we need them and we're trying out guys at several different spots. He does have that kind of flexibility."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –finding a spot for Melvin Bullitt with Bob Sanders back)

"Obviously he plays a pretty good size role for us, not (only) in special teams but also a place in scrimmage as well. There will be enough opportunities for him, no question about that. It does give us the ability, depending on the scheme, we could use all three of them at the same time."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –the growth of Curtis Painter)

"He's been very studious in terms of making certain that he covers every angle and every detail of our offensive schemes. He studies hard, and he's making progress in those areas. I think we all know that he has the physical tools. He has the size. He has the speed. He can make plays outside the pocket, and he can obviously move the ball, but he just needs a bit more experience, that's all. I see him progressing nicely."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Curtis being number one backup for Peyton)

"At this point he's number two, but that's what training camp is for, that's what the preseason games are for, (to) kind of see how things shake out."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Clyde Christenson)

"Let me put it this way. He's in his position because he's capable. He has a very strong offensive mind. He knows our system extremely well. He's been working in it for a number of years now and played a major role, oftentimes behind the scenes. You guys don't have the opportunity to see it, but he's played a major role in organizing and our red zone. He's been very effective in that particular area, third-down packages as well. So Clyde obviously has some experience being a coordinator at a number of different levels, and I think you'll see the transition will be very, very smooth from Tom (Moore) to Clyde. The other reason is because around here we believe in continuity. We believe in our system and we're not going to change it a lot. We might tweak it, but we try and make certain that we have guys in place who can keep that culture going, and I think he'll do a great job."

 HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on – Christensen's time as coordinator in Tampa Bay)

"Two things I would say in that regard, he's no different than I am. If you look at my record when I was at Wake Forest, you might come to the same conclusion. Some of you did draw the same conclusion. If you look at a number of other guys, Dennis Green, he was in college and went to the Minnesota Vikings and had one of the best records in football early on, and he may be close to 100 victories. There are a number of guys I can just keep naming on and on and on. So I don't anticipate that it's going to be any different for him. The other thing I'd like for you to do, you ought to check his stats at Tampa and see what exactly we're trying to get done and what he got done. I think more so than anything else people make assumptions and have preconceived notions about things, but he's a very good football coach. He's a very capable guy. He's an excellent leader. I think you'll see he'll do a great job."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on – game plan for Sunday)

"We don't plan to deviate much from what we've done. There may be some slight variations but it's out of necessity more so than by design."

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