HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on transitioning from preseason to regular season)
"The approach is the same for us, in terms of trying to find ways to make certain that we improve, but obviously these games count. The other games are certainly games where you are aware of the scoreboard, but you're also evaluating quite extensively. This is where we make our money. We're excited about it."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the players and coaches have a pep in their step)
"I would think so. I would think that everybody is a little bit (excited). We always practice well, we always are excited about what we do, we are passionate about it, but this time of year you see that intensity level step up another notch or two."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if there is a theme for this season)
"Not in particular. We typically try and look at each week and try to designate that week as our focus. With that, I usually give them a few things to hang their hat on. We do that on Wednesdays. Overall, no, we don't have any sort of theme."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he has a pretty good idea of what the offensive line will look like on Sunday)
"I don't have a real clear cut idea of what it is going to look like on Sunday, but I know what direction we're heading and we're getting better. I can tell you that for certain. We'll have a little better feel of that as the week goes on."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on DB-Justin Tryon)
"He's a guy that has played in the league and certainly has some experience, but he also has good foot speed, he covers well and he's versatile. He's played a little bit inside and outside, as well."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on lack on continuity on the offensive line)
"It's always a challenge, I think, anytime that you have a couple setbacks here or there. We never look at that as an excuse. What they pay us to do is to win games. No one wants to hear any excuses on who was there or who wasn't there. What counts is the guys that are out there on the field come gameday, and they have to perform at the level we expect them to perform. I very rarely look at things that way in life, period. We have to make the best of our situation, whatever it dictates and move forward."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on decision to have RB-Devin Moore be the kick returner)
"He showed the ability to hit seams, he's got good speed, he runs recklessly and I certainly do believe that he has good vision. We feel good about him."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what he expects from the defense)
"The big thing, I think overall, is that we try and make certain that we play the game in a certain way. We are a team that believes in playing smart. We are not real complex in what we do. We certainly believe in using what God has given us with this particular group, and what (Colts President) Bill (Polian) and the rest of the guys have put together, to make certain that we have a team of defensive guys that have speed. We are going to use that speed, and we're also a very, very physical bunch. Those are the things that I think are extremely important. We put them up in our locker room, they are things that you see in signage, that we want to be a smart, fast and physical football team. We anticipate that you are going to see that kind of passion arise from our defensive unit and play the way they've played in years past."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he expects more out of the defense this season)
"Every year, you better improve in every phase in this league. It's so difficult to compete. We have to get better."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on any concerns with the defense coming out of preseason)
"I think that overall there is not a coach in America that is going to tell you that he's not concerned about every phase, every week, after every game, win or lose. Our mindset is such that you can't get complacent. You're always concerned. You're always haunted by the things that you can't necessarily control, but that fuels us forward, to strive to get better, to look at every conceivable angle that we could possibly get better and that's one of those areas. We just have to perform and perform well. I think you can point at all different types of issues. But am I concerned? I'm concerned about everything."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Bob Sanders after the preseason)
"I think he is in great shape. I think he feels good physically. He's moved around well on the field. He understands the overall philosophy of the defense and his assignments and he has executed well. I do feel good about where he is."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on signs of a post-Super Bowl hangover)
"I have not (seen any signs of a post-Super Bowl hangover). It's a very unusual group in that regard. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we have a real solid core of guys that have been here a long time. They help set a pretty unique standard in that regard."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on importance of a good start with so many road games)
"You have to play them as they come. You don't have any control over those things, so we try to focus in on the things we can control and what we can control is how we perform week in and week out. As long as we stay focused and do not look too far down the road…Every year is challenging in this league, everybody has there own set of issues and problems, (but) you get eight games on the road and eight games at home no matter how they fall, and our job is to win them. That is what we will set out to do."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on a big season-opening game with a division rival)
"As you well know, there has not been a time where we haven't played them and it has not been a pretty close game for that most part, really close. Last year it was 20-17 here at home. Obviously, they have an opportunity to kick a field goal and it goes a little bit awry. Down there we had to come from behind and it ends up 35-27. I would anticipate it is going to be like it always is; a hard-fought battle that is going to take you 59 minutes and possibly 30 seconds to determine who is going to win that game. It's a division game, it's a big game, it's a road game for us and it's a big game versus a tough opponent. It is big for both teams."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on consistently starting well)
"Overall, if I wanted to narrow it down the lowest common denominator is preparation. That is the real key. I think we've prepared extremely well. Our guys have worked extremely hard in that area. They limit our mistakes. We don't make very many or haven't made very many early that have hurt us to an extreme. We have been pretty solid across the board, but again, every year is different. So we have to prepare again and get ourselves ready to move forward. If we are talking about pillars of our team, overall we think obviously discipline is extremely important, fortitude that we have to have because we have to battle from behind in a number of situations and sometimes in the wee moments of the game and get a victory. So our character and our internal strength are extremely important in that regard. The other thing is our toughness. We have to be mentally tough and physically tough. Those things I think are extremely important to us."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on surprised with 15 undrafted free agents on the roster)
"No. Number one I think obviously that we have a pretty good and through evaluation process that goes on and our guys find a lot of talent that they unearth that is able to come in and help us. The other thing is we don't treat them any different than we do draft choices. If they can play and help us, they get an opportunity to do so."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on being concerned with the lack of depth at safety)
"Brandon King also is playing safety for us as well. So, he is going to give us that fourth safety. He has some flexibility. He has got the girth and certainly the speed to do it."