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Head Coach Jim Caldwell Quotes

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on impressed with how quickly WR-Austin Collie has recovered from his thumb injury) Friday, November 5, 2010 “He’s an unusual guy in that sense, but a lot like a lot of guys we have, I should say, that play this game.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on impressed with how quickly WR-Austin Collie has recovered from his thumb injury) Friday, November 5, 2010

"He's an unusual guy in that sense, but a lot like a lot of guys we have, I should say, that play this game. They are able to deal with pain a little differently than the normal person maybe, and they are pretty quick healers. He has come along quickly. But that is also a reason why we love the benefit of time and try to use every bit of it, because I think I mentioned this the other day, the doctors say you have to treat the diagnosis, but you also have to treat the patient. Sometimes the patient can overcome some situations and that is indeed the case with Austin."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he's worried about WR-Austin Collie's ability to secure the ball) Friday, November 5, 2010

"He wouldn't be in the ballgame if there was some real difficulty in being able to do his job. Obviously, we have medical professionals that make it their business to know what is a functioning limb or part of the body and what's not, particularly in the game in which we play. It's a high impact game. I'm certain that's been taken into consideration, and I think he'll do a good job."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on not really being able to get a good grasp of any ball security issues during practice) Friday, November 5, 2010

"We don't hit during the season, so there is no question that there is no way to test it. That would not be prudent in our regard. Our guys have a good sense of themselves, too. They'll tell you, 'Hey coach, this is a problem, that's a problem.' Our medical professionals will do the same thing. They'll know what the problems are, and we have to address them and make a decision based upon the information we get on whether or not a guy plays."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what they'll do at kick returner for the Philadelphia game) Friday, November 5, 2010

"We have some options. WR-Blair (White) can be back there, but also, DB-Cornelius Brown has been working back there as well. Those are our possibilities there."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on it seeming like helmets are coming off of players a lot more this season) Friday, November 5, 2010

"There is a higher incidence for some reason or another. It started during preseason, I noticed quite a few of them. I'm not quite certain of the problem. I don't know why it exists. Maybe it's just the tightening of the chin strap, whatever it might be, but I've noticed quite a few of them. I've seen fewer since the regular season. I think I've seen it start to diminish somewhat. I haven't noticed it quite as much the last few games or so. When watching television, in particular, you could see helmets come off quite a bit."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if helmets coming off is something that he addresses with the team) Friday, November 5, 2010

"I haven't noticed it on our team in an extensive amount, to be honest with you. We get some, but I haven't noticed it. Otherwise we would certainly (address it). Our guys that are in our equipment room do a tremendous job of making certain that player safety is a real issue and the fitting of helmets and things of that nature, I think we do a good job. But if there was something that I saw that indeed did persist in our team, I certainly would mention it."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on WR-Reggie Wayne not bringing the spotlight on himself) Friday, November 5, 2010

"Reggie is one of those unusual guys, I think, who lets his play speak for him. He's not one of those guys that necessarily tries to bring attention to himself by any sort of bravado or things of that nature. He is very comfortable with who he is. He is not one that needs you, me or anybody else to tell him how good he is. He knows. He works at it. He is one of those throwbacks that works extremely hard in practice. A guy that you can count on, you talk about dependability. Reggie, I think encompasses all of those things, I think that we value in a top flight player."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if WR-Reggie Wayne has ever done something where he's thought that it wasn't quite like him to do it) Friday, November 5, 2010

"Not really. He's always kind of had the same sort of persona. Reggie enjoys playing the game. Now, he's a heckuva competitor and he loves what he is doing and he plays with some of enthusiasm and passion, but there is nothing wrong with that."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Peyton Manning being selected as the eighth Greatest Player ever in the NFL on the NFL Network's Countdown Show) Friday, November 5, 2010

"Obviously, I think it's quite an honor that the individuals that created the list took a real good look at a number of great players—there are a number of great, great players recognized—but to be the only active player listed in the top 10 tells you something. He is well respected and well thought of, but also it shows you at what a high level he performs at. I don't think there is any question that it is quite an honor."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on QB-Peyton Manning playing in his 200th career game on Sunday) Friday, November 5, 2010

"I think he has just an innate desire to just be the best at all times and not to ever rest on his laurels and to continue to try to improve. It's not something that is very easy because once you've accomplished as much as he's accomplished, four-time MVP, etc., and so forth and so forth, every single milestone, he just keeps marching along. He never relaxes. I think that's just part of his makeup. There is one thing that you'll find oftentimes in human nature, that man cannot stand success. That's usually the downfall. Man cannot stand flattery. Typically, you see a little bit of a dropoff as a result of recognition, accolades, etc., but not with him. He defies logic, I think, in that regard. But that's what makes him special."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on 200 starts being a hard thing to do) Friday, November 5, 2010

"All you have to do is look across the league. For a guy to be able to hang in there and play even with injuries is quite an accomplishment. One of the things that people will say in a hurry is that he's never been hurt. Well, that's not the case. There is not anybody in this game that doesn't have an injury to deal with, but he finds a way to battle through and get himself ready. He takes great care of his body, and where is he maybe saddled with some difficulty he can persevere."

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