HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the sleeve that QB-Peyton Manning had on his arm vs. San Diego) Monday, November 22, 2010
"I think yesterday might have been due to an abrasion of some sort. I think they were trying to protect and cover (it) up a little bit from what I understand. I'm not certain (how it happened), it could have been from the turf or whatever it might have been."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the hope to have some injured guys back for the Dallas game) Monday, November 22, 2010
"It appears that way. Who that will be, it remains to be seen. That's kind of been one of those games that we earmarked. It seems a number of guys are going to start having an opportunity to be available at that time. We'll see how that pans out."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the biggest problems vs. San Diego) Monday, November 22, 2010
"I think the big thing that happens to you when you look at a ballgame, and I still believe in that old adage; 'You're never as good as you think you are when you win, and you're never as bad as you think you are when you lose,' particularly, when you look at the film. Turnovers distort your view. They really do. Because when you look at it, our defense played hard, played tough and made that team kick five field goals, and that's a pretty high-powered offense. I think they were 0-8 on third downs. They were 1-5 in the red zone. There were a lot of good things that were done. Our guys hustled and played extremely hard. The turnovers are the things that change things a bit because of the fact that it stops drives and not only do they get the turnovers, but they scored on them as well, so it didn't give our defense a chance to stop them. But for the most part, I think the things we had problems with were technical things, technique and fundamentals. We had problems with pass-rush technique or whatever it might have been. We just have to get better in that area."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if QB-Peyton Manning is pressing) Monday, November 22, 2010
"I don't think so. It's one of those things that just happened, and it's not all his fault. That's the thing, I think oftentimes in victory that position gets too much credit and in defeat it gets too much blame. But there are a lot of other things that go into it. There is route-running, pass-protection, timing and making certain guys are in the right spot and things of that nature, so there is so much that goes into it. We're not in the business of pointing out (problems), saying, 'This was the problem on that particular one. This guy didn't do that right.' It really all falls on my shoulders. I just have to do a better job of making certain that we're executing a lot better. Right now, all of us our disappointed, there is no question about that, but we have to rearrange that. Today, we will have an opportunity to look at the film, and we have to change disappointment into determination, which is what we do most often and what we do will. We are a resilient group, and we are going to have to display that this coming week."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on turnovers being a factor in the team's losses this season) Monday, November 22, 2010
"It's just work. You just keep working at it. The turnovers are things you want to avoid, but you don't want to play scared. You still have to play the game and play it aggressively, and we've been able to do that. I think right now we're minus-two in terms of our turnover margin. We typically aren't there. We have to get back on the right track in that area, which I think we can do. Our penalties is another area that we always look to, to try to make certain that our discipline is there. We had one penalty yesterday. In that area, we are in the top-five. We just have to get back to where we were in terms of our turnovers, and we just have to keep working at it. You just work at it, work at it, work at it and keep preaching it and your execution helps you in that regard."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what does he focus in on in trying to correct the problems) Monday, November 22, 2010
"We try to get to the root of the cause. We don't necessarily try to sugarcoat things. We have to be able to deal with them directly and solve the problem. I think that's the big thing. It's not all the same thing. It's not all the same exact situation that occurs that causes them. Those are the things that we have to address."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if there is something specific) Monday, November 22, 2010
"It's not any one thing. That's the thing about it. But it requires work. We just have to be steadfast in that commitment."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on it seeming like there has been more dropped passes this season) Monday, November 22, 2010
"We've had a few, there is no question about that. I don't think that's a figment of your imagination. All those things add up. The thing is, I've got to keep stressing it, I've got to get our guys to do a better job in that area."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on being leery of the perception that getting some players back from injury will dramatically boost the team's performance) Monday, November 29, 2010
"I don't think there is any question about that. That is one of the reasons why we never talk about those issues as if that is going to solve all of our problems. The big thing is we still have to be able to execute. We still have to make certain we maintain discipline and have few penalties. You have to be able to make certain you do not turn the ball over, and you have to make certain that you get turnovers, too. There is the other side of that as well. We have not been able to create turnovers as of late. We have to be able to get back to doing that as well."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the Colts have the right group of players on the offensive line) Monday, November 29, 2010
"I think oftentimes, you guys are driven by what you see on TV. They can highlight a certain couple of areas, and you think that was the way the entire game went. I think they can sort of prejudice your opinion a little bit. What we do is we take a look at it. We think we have the right people in there, but we are always trying to jostle it around, trying to make adjustments, trying to make certain that not only do we have the right people, but also are we doing the right things with the folks that we have in there? That's up for critique, and we challenge ourselves in those areas and we try to find a way to improve. That's the important thing."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how to keep the players from letting the amount of losses keep their spirits down) Monday, November 29, 2010
"The big thing is, ironically, we are still tied for first place in our division. We talk about that issue. We still control our own destiny. I think that obviously they (Jacksonville) own a tiebreaker on us at this point, but nevertheless we still have an opportunity to reach our number one goal and that's what we try to focus in on. The record, until it eliminates you from possibilities is (what it is). What we are looking at is the next game, and we have not been eliminated from anything at this point in time. We are not necessarily worried about what the record is at this point in time. We would like it to be better, but what we have to do is we have to look forward. We can't look back on those consecutive years of 12 wins and all of that kind of stuff. At this point in time that has no bearing on us, and we don't talk about that issue. What we try and do is rectify our situation and press forward."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on WR-Pierre Garcon having one of his better performances last night) Monday, November 29, 2010
"I think he caught the ball and ran with it well. He had an explosive play where he certainly almost took it in and took it down deep into the red zone. I think he played better. He'd been having some up and down weeks because of injuries and things of that nature. I think you are starting to see that he is practicing more consistently, therefore, I think that you can see his play is improving consistently as well."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on getting the return game fixed) Monday, November 29, 2010
"I do think that we have had some spurts here and there in a couple of games where we did a little bit better in terms of our punt return game, add a little punch in terms of our kickoff return game, and we just have to keep driving it home and keep making adjustments where we need to make adjustments. We are going to continue to do that because we do need to. Field position was an issue as well because they started somewhere around the, probably between the 35 and the 40, somewhere in that area. We were much less than that, 26, 27, so on and so forth. So we have to make certain to even the slate a little bit more. We have to keep working at it. It's not just return men. Sometimes it is the blocking up front and all it takes is one guy, and if you turn him loose at the right spot and he is going to give you some problems."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if describing the mood of the team as frustrated is too strong) Monday, November 29, 2010
"I'd say disappointed. There is no question about that. Anytime that you lose a ballgame you are disappointed. Like I've said, we have to address our issues, take a look at what we did wrong, look at the things that we did correctly, build upon the things we did correctly. We are not panicking or anything of that nature. We've just got to find a way to keep getting better."