HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on in regards to WR-Austin Collie are there two different designations; cleared to practice and cleared to play) Thursday, November 18, 2010
"There are designations. He was cleared to practice some, so he did a little bit yesterday. He was limited. It's a progression thing. They constantly monitor and check. They'll let us know whenever that time occurs, and he is ready to go."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he gets the sense that WR-Austin Collie is doing well) Thursday, November 18, 2010
"Yes, just fine."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if WR-Austin Collie took the baseline test) Thursday, November 18, 2010
"They do as soon as they walk in the door. It's just incrementally as he goes. I couldn't give you all the exact details that the physicians do, but it is thorough."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how WR-Austin Collie looked at practice) Thursday, November 18, 2010
"Good. He ran around well, caught the ball, he looked good."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how different is it now on how teams treat concussions) Thursday, November 18, 2010
"I couldn't tell you exactly because I wasn't in behind the scenes back there in those days, a couple of years ago. I can tell you what it's like now. It is indeed a very, very thorough process. I would assume that it was a thorough process even then. I couldn't tell you the difference. Someone else might be able to answer that for you. They do a great job, I think. I think our medical staff has always done a great job of making certain that the safety of the individual is first and foremost in their mind. They look at him closely and monitor his situation closely."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Pittsburgh WR-Hines Ward saying that it is his body and he should be able to say when he's going back in) Thursday, November 18, 2010
"I think that's where the medical professionals oftentimes may save one from themselves, because you're not always thinking as clearly as you'd like to be thinking at that particular point in time. That's what they are there for. They are there to make those assessments and judgments and make certain that their safety is the number one priority."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how nice it is to have a player like LB-Tyjuan Hagler available) Thursday, November 18, 2010
"It's been good because of the fact that he certainly understands our system, how we do things. He's been able to do them well. Tyjuan has speed. He is smart. He fills in a lot of roles for us. It's a nice thing to be able to use him in a nickel situation and then obviously in our special teams. He is a versatile enough guy that he can play several positions inside. That is indeed helpful."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how WR-Blair White looked yesterday in practice) Thursday, November 18, 2010
"He practiced yesterday on a limited basis, but he looks good. He is making real good progress."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the players on the Colts and Patriots dislike each other as much as the fans of the two teams seem to dislike each other) Thursday, November 18, 2010
"I couldn't answer you in terms of the fans' intensity. I don't know that, you might be able to gauge that a little bit better. But I can tell you that the players have a huge amount of respect for one another. It is a heated rivalry, there is no question about that. But they have an immense amount of respect for one another."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if there is a memory that pops into his head when he thinks about the series with the Patriots) Thursday, November 18, 2010
"There are a lot of them. When the stakes were highest, we had some pretty memorable games against them. The championship game up there and then here. Those are the two things that jump out in your mind. Both of them are different outcomes. They've always done a tremendous job of competing and the games have always been tight and always been highly emotional. I think you're on one side of the ledger or the other; it's either a pretty significant high or a pretty significant low, and we've experienced both of them."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the challenge the offense will face against New England's defense) Thursday, November 18, 2010
"The big thing is that we're not quite certain from week-to-week, game-to-game what we're going to get from them. They force you to confront things that you haven't prepared for during the course of the week. They have different packages that they use. They may attack you a little bit differently than they've attacked anyone else at any point in time during the course of the year. Those things , obviously, are things that pose some interesting complexities for you. You have to be really good, I think, at your fundamentals and technique. Those are the things that are going to make a difference for you because they are going to give you some things you haven't prepared for on both sides of the ball."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if they are still able to give confusing looks even with all the rookies and young players they have on defense) Thursday, November 18, 2010
"It doesn't appear to have changed. Some of the guys that are in there that are young, now we're into the 10th game of the season, and they have a pretty good sense of what they are doing. They can certainly run that system as well as anyone at this point."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the challenge of going against New England's offense without knowing who would be available to play at linebacker) Thursday, November 18, 2010
"That's always a great challenge. We know they will do things according to their strengths, and we have to look at things according to our strengths, as well. Sometimes you may have to limit what you do in certain areas, but then sometimes there are other things that you can do maybe a little bit better than you have done previously because of one individual's asset that you might be able to use during the course of the game. I think it makes it interesting for both teams, in terms of preparation."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the young players in the locker room understand the rivalry) Thursday, November 18, 2010
"I think most of them have always been great sports fans, so they pay attention, they know. This is not something that's just kind of popped up. All you have to do is turn the television on and you'll see ESPN run through years and years and years of the rivalry and so forth. A number of these guys, although they haven't been with us, certainly understand and have probably watched, even though they haven't participated yet, they've watched those games. They understand that part of it. They understand the rivalry. But they don't understand the magnitude of it. They don't understand the intensity level, but they will come Sunday. They'll have an idea."