Head Coach Jim Caldwell Quotes

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on players playing through injuries) Thursday, November 11, 2010 “I think all playing this game have maybe a story or two or three that they could tell you.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on players playing through injuries) Thursday, November 11, 2010

"I think all playing this game have maybe a story or two or three that they could tell you. That's the part of it, I think, oftentimes people don't realize, that although you may see them out there on Sunday afternoons performing and playing well, most of them are playing with something. It's a high-collision sport with a lot of velocity out there. It's high impact. Most of the guys are working themselves through some type of an injury or another."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on players not making a big deal out of being injured) Thursday, November 11, 2010

"That's what they do. I think that's how they look at it. Probably most of them won't tell you the real depth of which they have to fight through things, but it is not an easy job."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on RB-Javarris James) Thursday, November 11, 2010

"He was with us all during the spring and certainly, I think, did a very good job. He has a good understanding of the system. That was certainly big because of the fact that there is quite a bit to know and understand. He was able to retain a lot of that. But he also did a lot of things to impress us during the course of the preseason. He ran well, played tough, he was a contributor on special teams and he's a guy that we knew could help us. That's the reason why we brought him back to the team."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if there is a chance RB-Javarris James' role could expand this weekend against Cincinnati) Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Certainly. He played a little bit last week, and he certainly could go in and give RB-Donald (Brown) a break and play a little bit more this week, possibly."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on RB-Joique Bell) Thursday, November 11, 2010

"We haven't had an opportunity to practice with him yet, but we do know that he is a capable guy. The guys in our personnel department have a good sense of what he is capable of doing, but we haven't had a chance to see him on the field yet, to be honest with you."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on RB-Joseph Addai starting to do some more football work yesterday) Thursday, November 11, 2010

"He did a few things for us out there, and I think he's probably feeling less and less sore and making a little bit more progress each and every day."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on WR-Brandon James and how he thought he handled the muffed punt in the preseason against Green Bay) Thursday, November 11, 2010

"One of the things I think in playing this game is you have to have a short memory, because if you don't, things will haunt you for a long period of time. If you're the kind of guy that can't get over things then you're going to be in trouble because oftentimes you have to get over them from play-to-play, let alone week-to-week and month-to-month. That's been awhile. I think he certainly has put that behind him, and he anticipates and expects to do well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he is reluctant to put a rookie at kick returner) Thursday, November 11, 2010

"No. We never have been at any position. If we think they can do the job we'll put them in position to do so."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on DB-Antoine Bethea) Thursday, November 11, 2010

"He represents all that is the good and right about playing professional football. I mean he plays the game the way it should be played. He's not a real vocal guy, but what he does is do a tremendous job of leading by example. That more than anything else, I think speaks volumes. He's a playmaker, he's a steady force back there, and he's dependable."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Cincinnati Head Coach Marvin Lewis) Thursday, November 11, 2010

"He's done a tremendous job. He's been there a pretty good stretch, and I think under his leadership he's been able to certainly establish a team that is tough, well-coached and one that is obviously extremely competitive. He had a great year last year being Coach-of-the-Year, and I think that the team has certainly made a few moves to improve themselves from last year, and those things are in place, so they are a very dangerous team. He also does a tremendous job, I think, with his obligation to the league, in terms of the competition committee and things of that nature. He sets, I think, a great example for all of us in the profession. He does a nice job."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Cincinnati Head Coach Marvin Lewis not being afraid to take a chance on a player and having a good percentage of those players turn out well) Thursday, November 11, 2010

"One of the things is he has a number of strengths, as demonstrated by his years as a defensive coordinator in the league where he had some outstanding defenses that he coached, but also one of his great strengths is that he is an outstanding communicator. He can deal with individuals from all walks of life. I think he has a sort of calming force that he's able to implement into certain situations, that maybe others couldn't handle."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if there is a correlation between special teams play and defensive play) Thursday, November 11, 2010

"I do think in some cases that guys that have developed in our special teams area. They have gone through that and had an opportunity to play on special teams and kind of develop a real toughness, tenacity and discipline through that particular area and it translates sometimes into them developing as a player at their regular position. I think LB-Pat (Angerer) would be one of those. He came in and was right away contributing on special teams. DB-Mike Newton is a guy, I think, that developed through special teams. And another guy I would tell you is TE-Jacob Tamme. I really do believe that he also developed not only at his position but I think he really became a force on special teams last year. I think that has helped him at his regular spot, as well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the team playing better at home) Thursday, November 11, 2010

"First of all, I'll let you state that. I'm not going to say that because you can also look at our road record and see that when we're humming we've been pretty good on the road, too. This year, we've kind of been up-and-down a little bit, but there have been times when we've been pretty good on the road, meaning that home teams don't always have an advantage. You still have to play and play well, no matter where you are. I think that's the thing, we have to play well, and we have to make certain that we continue to do that. This week is no different. If you don't play well, the parity and the competition is so fierce that home field is not that much of an advantage if you're not lined up where you're supposed to and playing as well as you can. But I can tell you this, our fans do help us, there is no question about that, just in terms of noise and enthusiasm and all of those things that are generated in that setting. Don't think that that is not factor. That part goes without saying. The guys love to play and love to play in that environment, and we've got a great environment to play in."

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