HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Patriots WR-Brandon Tate) Wednesday, November 17, 2010
"Fast, explosive, good hands and he does a number of things well, not only from scrimmage, but also in the kick return game as well. He is a very dangerous kickoff return man."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on this last month being a grind because of injuries) Wednesday, November 17, 2010
"Obviously it required a little bit of adaptation, a little bit of improvisation for the entire team. We just have to make adjustments according to practice, not having maybe enough here or there and making adjustments where need be and also dealing with a lot of new faces. So, everybody is affected by it, there is no question about that, but the good thing about it is the fact that we have to overcome that. We have to find ways to improve, although we have to make some adjustments that we are not necessarily accustomed to."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on TE-Jacob Tamme) Wednesday, November 17, 2010
"Number one, he is a new face to you, but not to us. He has been with us a while. We knew that he was one of those guys that can run, can make plays, he can catch and because of the fact that he literally plays the same position that TE-Dallas (Clark) plays, you did not get to see much of him during the course of the regular games. I think he developed a tremendous amount in terms of our kicking game, a guy that was extremely dependable, made a lot of tackles for us, got down the field and played in almost every phase of our kicking game. It just so happens that due to injury, he had an opportunity to do a little bit more, but we knew that he could run, knew that he could catch, (he's) smart, a great sense of route running and just a tremendous, diligent individual. It's all about business and he is a great teammate and he certainly performs well."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on using injuries as advantage to get younger players some experience) Wednesday, November 17, 2010
"That's kind of the way we have always approached it. We've never looked at it, although there is some difficulty involved, we have looked at it more of an opportunity more so than anything else, and that opportunity being that we can develop our depth a little bit. Oftentimes we have had injuries early in the season and a young guy had to step in more by necessity than design, developed and then when the other individual came back into that position we felt really good because we now had two guys that not only have playing experience, but also were able to perform well. So it increased our depth a little bit. We kind of always talked about embracing adversity and then coming out of the back end of it stronger. I think that happens to us often."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on WR-Austin Collie not being listed as out on Tuesday's release) Wednesday, November 17, 2010
"One of the ways that we try to do that is guys that we know are one way or another, we make that announcement. So if they are not listed as out, that means there is a possibility, and so they are making progress and we will see what happens in practice. I'd like to be able to tell you yes, but I'd like to wait until after practice is over with and see what we have because things change in a matter of an hour sometimes, but I can tell you this; guys that are not listed as out this week continue to get better."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on New England QB-Tom Brady) Wednesday, November 17, 2010
"I've never seen him have a bad (game) to be honest with you. He is a talented guy. He's smart, courageous, great leader, extremely accurate and he knows how to put points on the board. He's one of those guys that reads coverages extremely well. He has a great grasp of not only his offense, but just the overall ability to control a game. He manages it extremely well. There is not anything that he does not do well. He's got what you are looking for: height, leverage, strong arm and touch. So, he's a great player."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Brady's animation on the sidelines against the Steelers) Wednesday, November 17, 2010
"I think guys at that position are always highly competitive. They are leaders and like most of the great leaders you see in this league. They love what they do. They have great passion for it. It is no different than (Ravens LB) Ray Lewis, no different than LB-Gary Brackett, DB-Antoine Bethea, QB-Peyton Manning and WR-Reggie Wayne. All of those guys are great performers and have a lot of pride in what they do. They get into it now."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on unit solidarity helping with injury situation) Wednesday, November 17, 2010
"Anytime that you have a really solid core of veterans that, first of all, understand not only what to do, but how you do things, I think that is very, very important just in terms of being able to pass that information on to newcomers if you will. We have had a lot more newcomers as of late than we have previously, but I do think that's a great, great part of who and what we are. That is a fact that we do have a good solid core, and oftentimes just in terms of a guy in my position for example, when you have individuals like that all you have to tell a new guy is, 'Hey, listen, just watch him and do exactly what he does and you are going to be OK,' and that's always reassuring."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on thoughts on the significance on the Colts-Patriots rivalry) Wednesday, November 17, 2010
"There's been a lot of great days over the years. I know you guys really enjoy talking about those things and going back, but the past doesn't really have a whole lot to do with us in terms of the future. It doesn't make a bit of difference in how we play this ballgame. We certainly know there were some great battles and some great games, very competitive ones throughout the years, but for us the next game is the most important game and we are preparing to play a really, really talented and special team coached by a great coach as well."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the argument that the Patriots are the best team in the league) Wednesday, November 17, 2010
"Their record tells you that there certainly is that possibility. They look like it, there is no question about that. They are very talented and performing extremely well."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Patriots league rankings in offense and defense not translating to their overall record) Wednesday, November 17, 2010
"I think that's where oftentimes statistics can fool you a little bit because I think that the most important thing is their record. When you look at that, they just do not lose many games. They don't beat themselves and they put points on the board. I think they may be No. 1 in scoring or close to it. They don't beat themselves in penalties and in turnover ratio; I think they are tied with us at No. 4 I believe. So, it's a team that plays and performs extremely well and some of those statistics I think you can throw out the window. Their record is what certainly speaks for itself."