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Head Coach Jim Caldwell Quotes

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –level of concern with the defense) “Even when we play well, I am concerned. That is the nature of the position.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –level of concern with the defense) * *

"Even when we play well, I am concerned. That is the nature of the position. Overall, obviously we did not play well, so we have work to do."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –are the defensive mistakes fixable)

"Yes, it is certainly fixable. We have gone through spurts like that before, not something you want to revisit every single week obviously, but until you get it stopped, it's an issue. We had games where Jacksonville ran for I don't know how many yards, Kansas City torched us for over 500 (yards), but we were able to come back and get the ship righted in that regard. This is going to take a little work, but we can get it done."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –with regards to former Colt QB Jim Sorgi there, will they alter some things offensively)

"Probably the best way to answer that is that we take everything into account when we are dealing with an opponent or whatever the issue might be. We certainly don't ignore those issues."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –status of Anthony Gonzalez)

"It is a high ankle sprain and he is out this week. That's what I know."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –first time as Head Coach with a bounce back game)

"I am not certain that's true, but if you want to look at it that way, I'd say for the most part what we try and do and focus in on is we do not do anything any differently in terms how we go about our preparation. We certainly want to have a different result. There is no question about that. We believe in the way in which we practice. We believe in the way in which we prepare. So, we go right back to work, understanding the mistakes that we made and get them corrected and keep moving forward."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –if Melvin Bullitt's special teams role will be reduced)

"Yes he will. He is certainly an important part of that of that phase as well, but we will reduce his participation in those areas a bit."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –differences and similarities between Eli and Peyton)

"I could probably point out more similarities. They both are very accurate. The certainly both have a real good feel in the pocket. I think you see them both find ways to step around pressure that is up the middle and still keep their focus down field and deliver the ball on time and accurately. I think you sense that both of them are certainly cerebral because both are aware of what is going on. You very rarely catch them by surprise. They both are extremely diligent and hard workers. Eli may escape out of the pocket a little more than Peyton does. He is going to get out on the edge and maybe run a little bit more. I think all in all both teams depend on them quite a bit to move the ball and help put points on the board."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Peyton absorbing so many hits last week)

"We have pretty high standards in how we believe pass protection should be handled and taken care of and keeping our quarterback off the ground. We have been pretty good over the years so our standards are high; so one time is too many. Obviously he got hit a few times and a few more times than normal and that is an area we have to get shored up."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Justin Tryon as a gunner)

"He has ability. He can run, he's got quickness and he's made some plays for us. I do think he literally just arrived so he is just getting really familiar with what we do and how we do things. That's going to be an ongoing process. Nevertheless, he is going to be a contributor as well and he contributed on Sunday and had some pretty good plays also, besides the one's that you noted."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –kick return being called back against Houston)

"I think they had a slight mix up in numbers. I think it was a good call."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Austin Collie's improvement)

"It is a common refrain anytime they are in their second year, you usually see a little better operational functional I guess. Systemically, he understands it a lot better. Oftentimes that takes a lot of pressure off of them. You see them play with a little bit more freedom because they are not out there thinking an incredible amount or more than normal, so he can keep up with things. You can imagine with our system, with as much checking as we do with audibles and things of that nature, having to try to keep up with that in your first year. There are volumes of material to learn. Last year I think he was learning his way. This year he feels a little bit better, but the real trend is to see if he can continue to do it. One year does not a career make, but you look at a guy like Reggie (Wayne) who is just year after year after year he keeps getting better and better and better and keeps producing. I think that is the real test, a test over time. But he is getting better."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Peyton versus Eli four years ago compared to now)

"Nothing different. I remember there was nothing out of the ordinary. Obviously it got little bit more attention nationally than it will get this time around because it's been done before. It is not anything new for you guys to write about or talk about, but I did not see anything different in terms of preparation or anything of that nature."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –specific challenges of facing Eli's team)

"Other than the fact that they have a good football team with good players on both sides of the ball. You look at them defensively, they are a tough group to handle. A real strong solid front four, the linebacking corps is good and solid and then a talented secondary, and that's a challenge enough. Then when you look at the opposite side of the ball, their offense has two really fine running backs, a good quarterback, good receivers and a veteran offensive line that has worked well together over the years. They present a lot of problems and have a good solid kicking game as well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –new Giants' defensive coordinator Perry Fewell)

"It is a combination. Some of the things he did in Buffalo, certainly you can see that in the film, but also he is adding in a little mix of a few different packages. A lot of things you do according to your personnel. Their personnel is such that they have a number of guys very, very active up front that they get into the ball game, so they use different sub packages that are probably a little bit different than what they were able to get accomplished at Buffalo just because of different strengths here and there. He is doing a little bit of everything."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Fewell forcing the issue with pressure)

"It appears that he is not afraid to do so. That probably would be the best way for me to describe it. They are not necessarily a team that is a high-pressure team, but they do give you stunts. They do give you things to be concerned about, but they do play base coverage and break on the ball and keep the ball in front of them very well also."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Fewell giving the Colts' offense different looks play-to-play)

"They give you a few packages, a few different looks and move some guys around with different packages that you know they try and create a little bit of confusion for your offensive lineman more so than anything else. They give you a variety of things to deal with."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –concerns with Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs)

"It is a concern. Obviously when you have not had a lot of success stopping the run, you know one thing about this league; they are going to try you until you stop it. Every team we are going to face is going to have a quality running back, guys that can go. Obviously, Bradshaw can run it, he's a guy that not only has some power, but also has the ability to make you miss as well. He' got some wiggle. Jacobs is another issue, a big, strong, powerful downhill runner. So, we certainly are concerned about making sure we get them stopped."

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