Head Coach Jim Caldwell Quotes

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how WR-Austin Collie is feeling today) Monday, November 8, 2010 “I think (Colts President) Bill (Polian) had a chance to go and get to the trucks and get some information out to the network and things of that nature, in terms of what had happened to him.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how WR-Austin Collie is feeling today) Monday, November 8, 2010

"I think (Colts President) Bill (Polian) had a chance to go and get to the trucks and get some information out to the network and things of that nature, in terms of what had happened to him. After he went into the locker room, he was able to sit up, alert, carry on a conversation and obviously the doctors felt good enough about his situation to allow him to travel back with us on the airplane. I think that's a pretty good indication that things were trending in the right direction. He came back, he was home sleeping, our medical staff had an opportunity to talk with him this morning and his symptoms are subsiding. It was a concussion, and he's trending in the right direction, which is great."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if seeing WR-Austin Collie up and moving after the game pick the team up even coming off a loss) Monday, November 8, 2010

"I think it was great even to be able to relay the news that, 'Hey, he is fine. He's alert,' even prior to the game being finished. We came out and had an opportunity to talk to the team a little bit about it and reassure them that he was going to be okay. That certainly lifted a lot of spirits, in that regard."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what WR-Austin Collie's upcoming week will look like) Monday, November 8, 2010

"For the most part, from what I understand, it's a concussion, so it will be treated as such. They have a baseline test they give to guys prior to them being injured early in the year when they first arrive, so they can make a determination of where he is, and I'm certain that will be given to him. He'll be released to play whenever he is cleared."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he still feels a penalty should have been called on the play that injured WR-Austin Collie) Monday, November 8, 2010

"It's a tight play, and I do feel that way. The rule says that anytime you make contact with a player in the neck region or above that it should be penalized as such. Now, whether or not they are going to make a determination of when he became defenseless and things of that nature, I'm not certain. I'll let them haggle through that. But I think the official made the call, the right call at that particular point in time the way he saw it, and we'll move forward from there."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he can understand why some defensive players are confused about where they can hit a player) Monday, November 8, 2010

"I always think that anytime you have a bang-bang play there is some grey area. I think because of the velocity and speed in which we play this game, I think that's going to be the case. But they also want us to use good judgment, as well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if TE-Jacob Tamme is doing better than he thought he would) Monday, November 8, 2010

"I think oftentimes that may be the case when you have a guy that is relatively new, that you haven't been around for a long period of time, but with him we had a good sense that obviously we knew he could run and catch, we knew he was a good route-runner, things of that nature, and I think opportunities have increased for him now, so he's able to bring more of that to the forefront. It's not like he hasn't played for us before, but the amount of time he's playing for us now has increased quite a bit. But we always knew that he was a quality player."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on TE-Jacob Tamme's game yesterday) Monday, November 8, 2010

"He played well. He did a nice job in there."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how RB-Donald Brown played yesterday) Monday, November 8, 2010

"I think Donald did a nice job in there. Just like anything else, when you get back and you get an increased number of plays, then obviously there are going to be some things you do well and things you don't do quite as well as you'd like. Overall, I think when we look at our rushing numbers, we probably would have liked to seen our rushing numbers be a little bit better, but that is not always indicative of one person, one thing. That's a collective body of work that you have to look at and examine. But I thought he held his own, and I know that he is looking forward to continuing to progress and particularly playing from a healthy standpoint. I think you are going to continue to see him get better."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he is encouraged by RB-Joseph Addai's progress) Monday, November 8, 2010

"Yes. I'm not certain when he is going to get back, but I certainly am encouraged by what he has been doing here the last week or so. He's still day-to-day, same with RB-Mike Hart. Those guys have proven to be fairly quick healers. Hopefully, that remains to be the case."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on QB-Michael Vick on third downs yesterday) Monday, November 8, 2010

"He was pretty potent, there is no question about that, and not only on the third-down play that he made coming out of his end zone, which was huge. We had them 3rd-and-7 with an opportunity to punt out of their end zone, down in that region and possibly put a little pressure on them. It was a heck of a throw and heck of a catch. Then, obviously, the long run he had on third down, which he got out in open field and did what he normally does in that situation. If he has some space he is tough to bring down. Also, we had them 2nd-and-26 and he completes a 22-yard pass which gives them a 3rd-and-4, which is a bit more manageable. He made a lot of big plays, too many for us."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he'll watch Monday Night Football tonight) Monday, November 8, 2010

"I will watch the game, no question about that. Typically, I watch it while I'm doing a little work at the same time, but this one will give us a chance to really look at it closely and look at it from a different vantage point. Television copy doesn't give you everything, in terms of your views. You get a lot of things you wouldn't get, in terms of what we saw, but we get sound, update on injury reports, we kind of get a sense of what they're doing from a little bit tighter vantage point. It does indeed have its advantages, but we'll kind of keep our schedule the same as we've always done."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how the personnel department goes about finding players for the team) Monday, November 8, 2010

"It's not easy. I remember a few years back when I was still coaching the quarterback position and we had gone through a number of different injuries and things and moving guys in and out and things of that nature, and I remarked to (Colts President) Bill (Polian) one day, 'I'm not certain how a guy tries to be G.M. and head coach because all of those things that go on is just absolutely impossible to keep up with.' What they do so well is the fact that they know everybody in the league, so they are always kind of staying abreast of who has been released, who's on whose practice squad, things of that nature. They kind of stay abreast of any fluctuation that may occur due to injuries on your roster, and they adjust accordingly. Usually they try to stay a step ahead. They usually are working some guys out just in case something happens, so they have a good sense of, 'Hey, this guy is available. He can fit into our system.' It does take a lot of work and some long hours. They do a tremendous job of that. Now, sometimes things get a little thin, but yet, we've still been able to find some guys that can come in and give us some help."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the thin numbers alter how you approach practice) Monday, November 8, 2010

"There are some situations where you have to adjust your practice because of the numbers. There are some things that you do have to make slight adjustments for. A couple of weeks ago, we had to adjust some of our periods totally just because of the fact that our numbers were low, so we had to make some adjustments there. For the most part, you can stay fairly close to routine. We're able to get them in, in time to come in and give us the kind of depth at positions that we need."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on injuries forcing OL-Jacques McClendon into a tight end role) Monday, November 8, 2010

"Sometimes, depending on how many guys you have that may be banged up, you have to make some adjustments. That certainly was one of them."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on WR-Anthony Gonzalez and his multiple setbacks ) Monday, November 8, 2010

"It has been tough, there is no question about that; tough on him and he has just had a string of misfortune, but the great thing about him is that his attitude has been good. He was in a situation where it's an undetermined amount of time that it is going to take him to recover. He is still battling through it, but overall his attitude is good and I think that is the key to it. The other thing is, he is a real professional when it comes to getting himself rehabbed and ready. So, he will go at this extremely diligently and hard and he'll be back soon."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on any doubt of WR-Anthony Gonzalez being able to come back again) Monday, November 8, 2010

"I don't think so. He has still got that fire in his eyes, so he'll make it back."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if WR-Anthony Gonzalez will require surgery) Monday, November 8, 2010

"I am not quite certain at this juncture; I don't think so, but like I said, I am not quite certain. Something down the line could happen, but at this juncture, no."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on LB-Tyjuan Hagler's performance) Monday, November 8, 2010

"He did OK. Tyjuan was active in there and he did all right, but he looked like a guy who can run around and knows our system, made some plays for us, but he still has a little ways to go."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on LB-Tyjuan Hagler catching Philadelphia RB-LeSean McCoy from behind) Monday, November 8, 2010

"That was one of those situations that he shows he can run, there is no question about that. McCoy was angling away from a guy on his right-hand side and certainly gave Tyjuan an opportunity to run him down. That was big."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on LB-Pat Angerer adjusting to strongside linebacker) Monday, November 8, 2010

"He's coming, but I think he is going to be one of those guys that at some point in time he's going to be a guy that plays multiple positions for us, inside because he does have a good sense and good feel for it. This week, at some of those things, he was a little bit better and I think you will see him continually improve little by little each and every week. He's an instinctive guy."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what Coach Caldwell said to keep the team focused after WR-Austin Collie's injury) Monday, November 8, 2010

"The biggest thing is you have to address the issue. You have to let them know what the situation is and move on from there. I don't think there is any other way around it, but once you've told them what Austin's status was, you could see the guys were a bit relieved in that regard. After that, they got right back and got focused in on the game as well. Had they not known and he was still in the locker room and no word had come out about his status, I think you would see a little bit different reaction. They would have been a little bit more pensive and more reflective maybe, but in this particular case the guys were able to get refocused and get us back in the situation where we had a chance to win it."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if it is going to be a fight to the finish in the AFC South) Monday, November 8, 2010

"Yes, because we just finished up the second quarter. It was a second quarter where we ended up 3-1. We are getting ready to start the third quarter and we know without question, you can see with a number of teams that are still right in there with that same 5-3, 6-2 and 4-4 status in terms of their record. In the next couple of weeks things are going to start to shake out a little bit more. So, November and December are huge. We just have to get ourselves back to where we are playing consistently well all of the way across the board. We are starting the third quarter this coming weekend."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what to tell WR-Austin Collie to keep his spirits up) Monday, November 8, 2010

"If you know him, you know he doesn't need a whole lot of pep talks about wanting to play and keeping his head up and all of those kinds of things. He is a determined, hungry and disciplined individual that can't wait to get back on the field. I think he demonstrated that with his latest injury. He is a guy that can come back and do his job. We fully anticipate that he will have the same fervor and fire in terms of his preparation in terms of trying to overcome this setback as well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the decision to kick away instead of attempting an onside kick) Monday, November 8, 2010

"You kick deep when you have timeouts left so you know you can stop them. Otherwise, obviously they get the ball with less than two minutes to go and if you do not have any timeouts they can kneel on it. Inside of two minutes, in that situation, you would have to onside kick it. With timeouts remaining, you know you have a chance to get it back if they do not get a couple of consecutive first downs on you. So that's where that fell into place."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the Philadelphia returner chasing the ball out of the endzone at the end of the game) Monday, November 8, 2010

"On a kicking play that is correct. It goes into the end zone. That's correct. He batted it out of the endzone, yes."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on roster moves at receiver) Monday, November 8, 2010

"We look at all of those things here. We talk about some things and we have to really get a chance to take a look and see the overall health of our guys and make some determinations here in the next 24-48 hours about what direction we are going to go. A lot of that depends on who is coming back, who is not going to be able to come back, what the roster looks like, and so we'll make those adjustments. That is a consideration, yes."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on expectations of LB-Clint Sessions return) Monday, November 8, 2010

"I think he is day-to-day. That is the best way to put it, but not quite certain how long it will be."

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