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Head Coach Jim Caldwell Quotes

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on a game plan for Eagles WR-DeSean Jackson) Wednesday, November 3, 2010 “Every week we face a guy like that, that just absolutely has speed to burn, can catch the ball extremely well and is usually one of the guys that will stretch the field for you.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on a game plan for Eagles WR-DeSean Jackson) Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Every week we face a guy like that, that just absolutely has speed to burn, can catch the ball extremely well and is usually one of the guys that will stretch the field for you. I think he is averaging about 20 yards a catch. We have to look closely at how to defend him, and it's going to be a real tough job."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how to a handle Philadelphia, a team that is 11-0 after bye weeks) Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"We try to get prepared to go out and play well. We know that is what it is going to take. They are going to be a team that's fresh, but what we try to focus on is what we can control and that's how we prepare, how we practice and how we play. That's where we try to keep our main focus. They are awfully good as you can see and their record indicates coming off of a bye. We know that's another indicator that we are going to have to play really, really well out there in their stadium."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on any update on RB-Mike Hart and WR-Anthony Gonzalez) Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"You are going to get an injury report a little bit later on and that's what I would like to stick to. I know you absolutely have to ask that question every week and that's the way it is and I give the same answer. So, one of these days…(Reporter: I'll out-last you). I don't think there is any question or doubt there. (laughter)."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on DB-Justin Tryon) Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"You will find out when you look at the report and we'll see a little bit later on. Oftentimes, like I mentioned the other day, I just refrain from talking about it. Number one, that's what the injury report is for and number two, things change. These guys are young. They are a little different than I am. They are quick healers. That blood flow is not quite the same in my bones and body, but they come along sometimes quite quickly. We'll kind of see how it goes, and they are a day-to-day kind of situation."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what Michael Vick brings to the Eagles) Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"He is one of those guys that has the ability to do a lot of damage in two phases. Oftentimes you will run into a guy that's one-dimensional. Maybe he throws the ball extremely well and is a pocket passer. This guy can throw from the pocket, has a strong arm, but he also can beat you outside of the pocket as well, and not just in the framework of a guy who is a running quarterback and once he leaves the pocket that you have to contend with him as a ball carrier, but he also keeps his eyes down the field. He extends plays and yet still he has the ability to create opportunities for his receivers if they just keep moving along with him. He is very dangerous."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on who to prepare for, QB-Michael Vick or QB-Kevin Kolb) Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"I'm sure that is kind of the way it is when they look at us. There are a number of questions as well. They will say, 'Hey, is this guy going to play, is that guy going to play?' What we have to do is prepare for him as if he is going to be there, but we also have to take a look and see just in case he is not. We have to look at both phases, but the prevailing thought is that we are preparing for the fact that he will be out there and ready to go."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if P/K-Pat McAfee addressed the Colts players) Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Oftentimes we certainly do not talk about the things that happen in-house, things that happen in our meeting room and things of that nature. Let me just tell you this, he has handled himself in a very professional manner, he has done a great job of addressing the issue, which I think he did with you all a little bit earlier and is just a first-class guy. We are happy to have him back and we are moving forward."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on DE-Jerry Hughes playing Monday and if it was planned) Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Everybody is dressed for a reason. We do have plans for them and he's one of those guys. We were hoping that a situation would occur where he'd get an opportunity to get in there and play a little bit; and it did. I thought he hung in there pretty well, he put a little heat on the quarterback. I thought he did a nice job."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Jerry Hughes substituting for DE-Robert Mathis) Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"He went in because Robert had to come out in that one situation, but it wasn't the only reason that he (Hughes) played. At some point in time we would have hoped to have gotten him in the game."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Jerry Hughes' demeanor concerning his playing status) Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"I have not noticed anything, but I do know one thing, he gets questions about it, questions that you (media) ask in that regard. It's something that he has to contend with, and deal with, but I think he's handled those things quite well. We try to tell him that he's not Robert (Mathis) and he's not Dwight (Freeney). He has to be himself. He comes along at his own pace. I do think that he's making good progress. As you can see, he's starting to develop and come along. That's the one thing that we kind of stress around here, too, is authenticity. Guys have to be who they are. That's what I think most of our guys will focus in on; they don't try to duplicate anyone else. He's (Hughes) his own man and he's developing at his pace."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the Eagles' receivers) Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"They're very good. They're guys that have an amazing ability to create opportunities for themselves, and space. They catch the balls in open areas and they can run. They can run away from you. They can wiggle. Running after the catch is something you see them do constantly. They catch short passes that turn into huge gains. They are a very, very dangerous crew. What we have to do is really focus in. They're going to catch some balls, there's no question about that, they're too good. But we have to keep them contained."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the passion of Eagles fans) Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"They have an unbelievable fan base. I just remember a lot of them from the old Vet (Veterans Stadium) even when I was in college, we use to go there and play. When I was at Penn State we'd go there and play Temple. We played there while I was in Tampa (Buccaneers). They're knowledgeable fans with a great passion. We anticipate a pretty raucous crowd."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the direction of the Colts running game) Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"We've been able to continue to get a little bit better. I think we've been able to run it with a little bit more consistency. That's been good. We've just got to keep progressing. Right now we're in a situation where obviously we've had a couple of decent weeks at running the ball. I think RB-Mike's (Hart) averages were pretty good. We just want to keep that going if we can."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the Eagles' secondary) Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"CB-Asante Samuel is the guy that kind of leads the way for them back there. He's a guy that runs well, he's certainly been around the block a little bit, so he understands the position. He's seen a little bit of everything. He anticipates extremely well. He's got extraordinary ball skills. I think obviously he's one of those guys that you have to keep your eyes on. Right now I think he's leading the team with three interceptions. (Dimitri) Patterson, it looks like is going to play the other side. (Ellis) Hobbs was there. In either case, they're both guys that can run and play the game. (Nate) Allen at safety is a very, very good safety. He also has three interceptions as well. They do give you some problems. They show you a lot of different looks. They're able to give you some blitzing looks that sometimes may not look quite like a blitz. They're pretty good in terms of disguising. All around they're a good solid secondary."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Ellis Hobbs and Asante Samuel's familiarity with the Colts) Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"We've seen quite a bit of them through the years. Both guys certainly are very good players."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the 'Next Man Up' philosophy of the Colts) Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"First, we believe in it. That's where it starts. Second is the fact that we don't allow injuries to become an excuse. Once those things start filtering in, then obviously I think you have difficulty getting the level of play that you're looking for. Those are probably the two main reasons. The third one I would say is a transfer of information that I think is extremely important, from veteran players to younger guys. They (veterans) rally around them. They support them, they give them the information that they need. You have veterans that have been around quite a bit and understand this system well. They make certain that younger guys are taken care of. That transfer of information I think is really important."

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