Head Coach Jim Caldwell Quotes

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he has a set speech that he gives to a player when they are waived from the team) “Everyone is different. Their circumstances are different.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he has a set speech that he gives to a player when they are waived from the team)

"Everyone is different. Their circumstances are different. Sometimes the reason why they are released is different. You have to explain that to them and let them know what the situation is, and where you can, offer some encouragement. That's what we try to do."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on cutting a player being the 'nature of the beast')

"That's the way it is, and oftentimes that's not a pleasant thing, but that's how it goes sometimes. It's a tough part of the business."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on cut staying ready)

"For the most part. Most guys understand and keep training if they don't get picked up by someone else, in hopes that they get an opportunity to make it somewhere along the line during the course of the year."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how RB-Joseph Addai is feeling today)

"I couldn't say, not at this point. We'll see as the day goes on."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how much of a boost RB-Mike Hart gave the team)

"A couple of things, he knows the offense, number one. He's certainly been immersed in it for quite sometime, so he can function without any hesitation. We don't necessarily have to curtail things when he is in the ballgame, so that was helpful, in terms of overall scheme, pass protection, things of that nature. But then also, he gave us a lift because of the fact that he was pretty tough in his runs. I mean he converted a number of second downs to first downs, third downs to first downs and then, obviously, the run at the end of the game on the last drive was significant. He did a lot of things really well for us."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the win against the Chiefs)

"Overall, I think we did a lot of things well. I think from a defensive standpoint, our guys played with a lot of energy (and) made very few mistakes. I thought the pursuit was excellent. To be able to hold a pretty potent offense without a touchdown in the ballgame is pretty significant. They had two trips in the red zone, and they came away with only a field goal. I think they were one-of-10, in terms of third-down conversions. So, all of those things are pretty significant. I certainly was pleased with the way in which we played. We tackled well. But we still have to improve. That's the great thing about it. We still have a challenge ahead. Special teams, I thought we handled a very dangerous group of return men on both the punt and also the kickoff, guys got down the field and covered, didn't let them out, had a number of tackles inside of the 20-yard line. P-Pat (McAfee) punted the ball well. K-Adam (Vinatieri) was four of four, in terms of his field goals. So, all of those things, you certainly can't be displeased with. Offensively, we ended up with five scoring drives, albeit four of them ended in field goals, and we'd certainly like to have some touchdowns. We just were a little bit inconsistent, in terms of being able to finish in the red zone. We were very close and couldn't get a couple of them done. I thought we started out decently, in terms of our run game. We ran the ball fairly well early, and then we kind of just got bogged down a little bit, didn't run the ball nearly as effectively as we'd like to. Our pass protection wasn't as sound as we'd like. Like we always say, the quarterback getting hit one time is too many, and he got knocked around a couple times in there."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he thinks there needs to be a clear-cut identity for the team)

"Well, you certainly would. You'd like an identity where you're performing well in all three phases. That's what you're searching for, real consistency in all those areas where you come out week-to-week and know what you're going to get. We all have an idea of what we expect, but to know what we're going to get is different. Now, and we say that, but you also have to understand this league is so competitive and the talent level is so close that every game is going to be a close game. I mean it's rare when a game is decided by more than a touchdown. Think about it in previous years, think about all the games this past week, just look at how many teams had to come from behind to win, how tight they were, it was depending on a field goal or win in overtime, like Washington did. That's the nature of this game. I remember when I first came into the league and we were down in Tampa and Tony (Dungy) was talking about a stat, and I can't remember exactly what the percentage was, but he said this, 'Most games come down to that you are going to have the ball and you're trying to drive and get in position to score to either tie it or win it, or you're going to be on defense trying to prevent a team that's trying to get into position to either tie or win it with a touchdown. That's how it boils down a great majority of the time.' And I think that is indeed the case. It's rare when you have one that is decided by more than that. It's always in the balance. It's tough. It's very difficult."

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HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –keeping Kansas City in third-and-long)

"Primarily what that has to do with is the fact of what you do on first down. I think our guys were much better in terms of not allowing runs to get into position where they are now 2nd-and-4 and things of that nature. So we were real good on first down and second down as well. Typically, those things add up when a team can get in position where they can get half back; even 2nd-and-10, even if they can get half back they can say 'OK, 3rd-and-5, that's manageable,' but we were able to keep them from achieving that a number of times."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on – Kansas City's one-for-10 third-down conversions)

"I think that's something that we work for in terms of those kinds of percentages, (but) they certainly aren't always the case. Also, you will get in some games where they will be one-for-10 and that one will be that one that beats you. We have to continue to try and get a little bit better."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –roof being open at Lucas Oil)

"We certainly understand (some fans' frustration). Everybody has their preferences on what they anticipate and expect, but I think when you look at (it) overall, the decision was based on the weather and more so with those that are sitting in the stands for that length of time in a fairly substantial, or record, heat actually. Who knows how high it was going to go, but it was up there. I know, I think Dallas this past Sunday was somewhere in the 80's, middle 80's, and they had their roof closed as well. I do think that our people were also looking out for the fans as well as the interest of the players also."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –if it matters to the players if the roof is open)

"What we try and preach to them is adaptability. The adaptability to play under any circumstances, anywhere, anytime. So we do not get hung up on that very often. So we prepare and get ready and feel that either way we can certainly function within those realms."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Clint Session getting back to normal)

"He played well. He played very, very well. He was active and had a lot of big hits for us, covered ground (and) he played like he is capable of playing. He can be a force when he is on and he was on yesterday."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –people realizing the NFL is not easy)

"I think that more often than not, that is not the case. It's a real challenge. Just take a look at last year. We had seven ballgames that we had to come from behind to win. That's the norm to me. That's the world we live in."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –it not being the norm from coming from behind to win seven games like last year)

"I would think not."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Chiefs' Dexter McCluster)

"He is a game-breaker. He is a guy that we certainly were aware of and knew we had to cover well, but also what he did for their offense. They put him everywhere. They line him up at wide receiver, put him in the backfield because of the fact that they want to get his hands on the ball. He's quick, got speed, vision, he can catch, return the ball obviously and he was a real concern."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –being happy with McCluster's containment)

"For the most part we certainly were pleased with the way we covered our punt and kickoff coverage, and I thought he did not get loose on us much from an offensive standpoint, but he certainly is like lightning in a bottle."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –possibility of bringing in another running back)

"I am not certain at this point. I think everything is open for discussion and I think we will take a look at that and see what best suits us in terms of the roster because we just have so many different factors to look at and make a determination. It never ends up being one position. It affects a number of them across the board."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –if Donald Brown is close to going)

"I could not say that because I do not know at this point to be honest with you."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on –Aaron Francisco's performance)

"I think he did a nice job. He didn't make many mistakes, kept things in front of him, ran to the ball well, but for one week of work, I think he did a pretty good job."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he sensed that the defensive players had taken all of the stories being written about them not performing well personally)

"I sensed it, but maybe not for the same exact reasons. I tend to think that these guys have a lot of pride in what they do, and when they don't perform well they usually try and find a way to correct that problem. We have a bunch of guys that aren't necessarily externally motivated. They get motivated by being better, doing better at what they do. I think I did see a little more of a concerted effort in some areas, even though when I say that, typically we don't have bad practices, guys work hard and work hard all the time, and it wasn't really any difference in that regard, to me. But in terms of intent, I don't think there is any question when they went out on Sunday they were looking to try to establish themselves and establish it early."

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