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Head Coach Jim Caldwell Quotes

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the status of DB-Bob Sanders and the speculation surrounding his injury) “That’s all speculation right now. He’s having an MRI sometime today, a little bit later on.


"That's all speculation right now. He's having an MRI sometime today, a little bit later on. He has not had it as of yet. After that's been reviewed and taken a look at and he's evaluated, then they'll come up with some type of prognosis at that time."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if DB-Bob Sanders was frustrated to leave the game yesterday)

"The guys, they love to play. He wants to be in there, wants to play and certainly everyone would probably feel the same way. He wanted to get back in there."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if it is the same elbow that DB-Bob Sanders injured last time)


HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on having been in this situation before and having to move on as a defense in case DB-Bob Sanders can't play)

"It's one of those things that it's unfortunate, if that does indeed occur, but we've had to make adjustments before at a number of different positions, not only that one. We try to handle them all the same way."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on his feelings when he saw DB-Bob Sanders get injured)

"He's had a few and certainly you look at it and say this guy needs a break every once in awhile, but the fact of the matter is we still don't know the extent of the injury. Things could change, and he could certainly be out there this week as well, but we won't know that until later on. I kind of refrain from those things until I know all the facts."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on WR-Anthony Gonzalez's status and if he is having an MRI)

"He is also. I think hopefully we'll know something later on this afternoon."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on his thoughts on the pass protection after watching the game tape)

"I've taken a real good look at it. We threw it somewhere around 57 times or so, somewhere around that area, I know it was over 50. Like I always say, we have high standards around here.  If he gets hit one time that's one too many. But overall, I thought, obviously he got sacked twice, but for the most part, all and all, when you look at it, the line did a pretty good job under some pretty heavy pressure with some good rushers that have some strength. When you look at the film, there were some good battles going on in there and they were able to do a pretty good job."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what he thought the problems were with the run defense)

"When you look at it, it was kind of a combination of things. There was no one certain thing. We certainly did play pretty steady in the first half, I think that was quite evident. When you can hold them to under 40 yards or so against a team that is a good rushing team, in particular in areas where our defense was kind of stuck the first two drives. There was one after the punt return, it was down on the 31-yard line when they started the drive. The next one didn't start in our territory, but it certainly ended up in our territory after a pass interference (penalty), but in both cases they were able to hold them to a field goal, which you have to feel pretty good about that. They were able to stop the run in that situation and slow them down. In the second half, they did a better job than we did. It was just a matter of execution. Some were guys not in their gaps, some of those situations occurred because of missed tackles. There were a number of different things that cropped up that we just have to be able to do more consistently well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if 57 passes are too much)

"It's a bit more than we usually throw, let's put it that way. But I think sometimes games dictate it, and we realized that we had to score points in a fairly short period of time, so the quickest way for us to do that is in the air. I think when you look at the average, you can look and say, 'Okay, we ran it 10 times and Joe (Addai) averaged 4.4 (yards per rush), which is not a bad average.' We certainly love the average, but maybe be able to run it a little bit more, but oftentimes that has to do with how the game unfolds."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if everything that happened on Sunday is fixable)

"I don't think there is question about that. I don't think there is any doubt. It's just a matter of making certain that we get ourselves doing what we've been doing, but do a little bit better. I don't think there is any question about it when you look at our team and look at the history of it. Every year is a little different, but we've been a team that has been able to get ourselves in position to stop the run. We've had teams before that have certainly been dedicated to strictly running the ball downhill at us, and we've certainly been able to rise to the occasion. I think with work, we've got a lot of work to do, we can get right back to that where we are a team that can stop the run."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on his team's ability to bounce back after a loss considering it is only week one)

"Oftentimes, I think it's the business of those that cover our team to write what they want, in terms of how they view things and oftentimes the more interesting it is from your standpoint the better, but for us it's one of those things that it is a long haul. It is round one of a 16-round fight. What we have to do is continue to get better each and every week. That is our goal and aim. That's what we focus in on. We really don't look at things closely and examine seasons until after we've played about four games. Then you can kind of tell where you are. You have an idea at least."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if C-Jeff Saturday and OT-Charlie Johnson were able to make it through the game without sustaining an injury)

"That's yet to be determined, as well, but in both cases, I think they were able to come through in pretty good shape."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the decision to start DT-Fili Moala and how he thought he played)

"Fili has really started developing and coming along. He and Antonio (Johnson) are splitting a little time in there. You've got a rotation between DT-Dan (Muir), Antonio and Fili, and then we also mix a couple of other guys in there, (DT-Mitch) King plays a little bit, we'll throw (DT-Eric) Foster in there as well, just depending upon what the situation dictates, whether it's a pass-orientated situation or a run. Fili has been playing better, and he played fairly well yesterday. He still has a ways to go, but he's playing better."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he was disappointed with the special teams performance after placing such an emphasis on them in training camp)

"We would have certainly have liked for those to have come out a little bit better in those situations because of the fact that we had an opportunity top pin them back in their territory, but didn't get it done. But those are some of the little things we talked about. Little things make a big difference. There is a sign hanging in our locker room that says, "Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves." Well, we had a lot of little things like that. A holding penalty on a great kickoff return and things like that. Like I said, all of those things are fixable, correctable and that's what practice is for."

 HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Jerry Hughes' development)

"I think it was game eight before (Dwight Freeney) became a starter. I really do think that guys really do have talent and ability, and I mentioned this before in here, I think they have to determine what their strength is here in this league compared to the guys in which they play against. They are bigger, the tackles that they play against, bigger offensive lineman that move much more quickly than any that they have faced before on a consistent basis. They have to find out what is their best move and how best to do their work from a technical fashion in this league because it does indeed change. So you see if your fastball still works. If that fastball still works, all right, what is my counter move off of that? Well sometimes, your counter move in college ends up being your fastball in this league, or your changeup if we use the correct verbiage. But I think that's what it is more so than anything else, it takes time to develop that. You have to work at it and I think you will see him come along."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on talking to Hughes that this would be a slow growth process)

"We had to instill that in him even before we arrived here. It did not just start this fall. Even during the rookie orientation we talked to him about that entire process. It is something that constantly John Teerlinck is as good as they come in terms of getting guys ready to play. He nurtures those guys through, but obviously we have some high standards and I think you will see Jerry continue to get better."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on thoughts on Eli Manning)

"Obviously (they Giants) have a good offensive team. Eli certainly is a very, very capable quarterback. It seems like he has found some guys that he loves to throw to. (Hakeem) Nicks and (Steve) Smith have done a tremendous job for them. He spreads the ball around liberally, but then they also have a strong running game. (Ahmad) Bradshaw and ( Brandon) Jacobs are pretty good solid backs that can get after you. They have a pretty good team and Eli operates that offense extremely well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the Giants pass rush)

"I don't think that Justin Tuck has changed at all and they have some formidable pass rushers. They have been good at it and they are a very, very difficult team to handle."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on home opener being good medicine for a road loss)

"It sure is. It gives (you) a chance to play in a little bit more familiar territory, but it doesn't present any guarantees for us. We still have to work and work extremely hard, but it will be great to certainly play in front of our fans for the first time in 2010, obviously in a regular season game. We are all looking forward to that."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what Tony Dungy's legacy will be besides a Super Bowl win and turning Tampa Bay around)

"I think that there are a number of things that we could certainly talk about with regards to Tony, but one of the things is that he was able to coach in this profession and do it with integrity, all the way across the board, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. It was always the same. He is a guy that had a great love for football, a unique and resourceful mind that I would say could certainly dissect situations in a nanosecond. (Tony) is a great Christian man that set a great example for all of us in the profession. An outstanding family man who did not compromise any of his beliefs for any reason, and I think that is admirable. Besides that, the other thing is, during even the time he was coaching, I think oftentimes people underestimated or underappreciated just how good he was. He won a lot of football games in a short period of time and he did things that no one else has ever done in terms of taking his teams to the playoffs in consecutive years. There are a lot of things that you can point at that he did and did awfully well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if Tony Dungy may coach again)

"Never say never. It certainly could happen. I know he loves the game enough."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on any umpire problems in Texans' game)

"Did not have any issues at all. There may have been one time where it was fairly close, but no issues."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on similarities between the way Peyton and Eli play)

"They have different personalities, but I think both are extremely effective just in terms of what they do. (They are) great leaders, they work at their craft and they both are very, very important to their teams."


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