HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on getting the offense going early in the game) Monday, November 22, 2010
"I just think ultimately that is my responsibility. I have to get them going and get them ready to go right at the onset. We've just been a little sluggish, not quite operating on all cylinders at that time. We just have to do a better job of that. I think it just took us a little while to get started, and once we got rolling along, obviously, we were able to make some things happen. I think that was both sides of the ball to be honest with you, looking from a defensive standpoint as well, we had a slow start on defense."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on any update on WR-Austin Collie) Monday, November 22, 2010
"No, not yet. I don't have any new news at all.
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if it was another concussion for WR-Austin Collie) Monday, November 22, 2010
"I think they were just kind of being conservative and watching his symptoms and things of that nature. I'm not certain exactly. I'll get a full report today and get a little bit better sense of things."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if WR-Austin Collie was on a play count against New England) Monday, November 22, 2010
"He was not on a play count. He was just being monitored and monitored closely."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on WR-Blair White) Monday, November 22, 2010
"Blair has performed and performed extremely well under some circumstances that typically you would anticipate that a rookie may not be able to function at a high level, but he has been able to do that. He's been able to create space and find openings and make outstanding catches. He's a very, very integral part of what we do. He's just worked himself into that position. He's one of those guys that works extremely hard at his craft. He pays attention to all the little details and tries to find a way to get better. We certainly are glad that he's able to step up and perform for us consistently."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what the message is to the team is for the last six weeks) Monday, November 22, 2010
"The big thing we try to do is that we don't necessarily look at the six weeks in totality. Obviously, we know how many games we have left, but we try to focus in on the next opponent because you can't do anything about what's going to happen beyond that, and also, you don't know unless you're a soothsayer or a prognosticator, which we don't have any in our locker room or on our staff. We have to play those one at a time. What we really have to do is get focused in on another talented team that we have to face this coming week. San Diego's talented, outstanding quarterback, good offensive personnel, they move the ball well and they also have a good, solid defense, as well. We have to get focused in on them."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he's satisfied with the running game) Monday, November 22, 2010
"No, I'm not satisfied. I don't think any of us are. When you look at it overall, we still would like to be more consistent in that area. Obviously, if we ran the ball a little bit better, take some pressure off of our quarterback, and I think you saw that a bit towards the end of the second half, we were able to get some runs, get some things generated. It just opens things up for you. You aren't depending on having to throw the ball an inordinate number of times. It just makes you more effective overall. I think in that area we still need to improve."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if he takes any solace in the fact their goals for the season are still reachable) Monday, November 22, 2010
"There's no question. Our number one goal is still out there in front of us. We literally control our own destiny. It still depends on what we do and how we do it that makes a difference down the stretch. We're not looking for anybody else's help at this point in time. If we just continue to improve here in this next game and take them one at a time, we've still got an opportunity. There is that old saying, I think it's a quote, 'Man can live 40 days without food, four days without water, eight minutes without air, but one second without hope.' We still have hope. We still have an opportunity. I think our guys will take that challenge on."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the rivalry with San Diego) Monday, November 22, 2010
"Interestingly enough, there have been some similarities (between the New England and San Diego rivalries), in terms of just how hard fought these games typically are year-in and year-out. San Diego's no different. They are a team that creates problems for you, just in terms of matchups. They have a real strong offensive scheme that functions well. They have an outstanding quarterback who is a great leader, and they also have a defensive scheme that morphs into a number of things that can give you a lot of difficulty and a lot of problems. It's been a real battle with them throughout the years as well."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on last night's game coming down to a couple of plays in the fourth quarter) Monday, November 22, 2010
"Typically that's what we talk about. It doesn't matter who you play for the most part. It comes down to, like we say often, what happens in the last minute or so of the ball game, you are either driving trying to score, tie it up or win it, or you are defending, trying to prevent the opposition from doing the same. I don't think this one will be any different."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on playing the run well at times and playing it poorly at times and what that can be attributed to) Monday, November 22, 2010
"It is not just one thing, and I think that goes without saying. Yesterday, we had some alignment problems. We had some tackling issues that sort of popped up on us and those things are correctable. There is no question about that. We have been very inconsistent. That's the thing we talk about, trying to get that consistent play throughout. If we play like we played in the second half where we were able to get them off of the field, the first half they were six-for-six on third downs and in the second half they were one-for-five. So it shows that we can get it done. We just have to be able to do it form start to finish."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on when looking at the last play against New England and what stands out) Monday, November 22, 2010
"It is one of those things. Oftentimes what happens to you, everybody wants to blame somebody, but sometimes there is about three or four things that occur during the course of a play. Ultimately, it is my responsibility to get our execution sharp from start to finish, in terms of the start of the game, ending of the game, how well we execute, etcetera. That all falls on me and for the most part that is the situation. I just have to get everybody on the same page doing things the right way, and I think we'll be better for it."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if New England's pass rush affected the last play) Monday, November 22, 2010
"There were other factors other than just (Manning). Oftentimes a guy that is a great leader, he certainly does shoulder a lot of responsibility in that regard, but there were other factors involved in that play as well."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if New England did anything defensively scheme-wise that the Colts hadn't seen before)
"Nothing out of the ordinary. They always do something a little bit different than what you had seen them do previously. It just kind of depends on how they view your team and where they view the matchups and who they want to double and things of that nature, but nothing out of the ordinary. Just maybe some things that were a little different, so it takes a little bit to get adjusted to. I thought we adjusted well because we got it rolling there and moving the ball extremely well. So I think they may have slowed us down a little bit there at the onset, just trying to get a feel for where they are and what they do. Toward the end, I felt we had a pretty good understanding of what we were seeing."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on what he is encouraged about heading into this game with San Diego) Monday, November 22, 2010
"The big thing is that some of the young guys that we have playing for us are obviously almost like veterans because of the fact that they have gotten a lot of play and some of them are starting to play better and better each and every week. I think the other thing we have to be encouraged about is the fact that we have shown that we can do it, that we can play well in spurts and we have to be able to do that consistently. That includes both our offense, defense and our kicking game. One of the big things that we can control is we can certainly control our turnovers, we can certainly control penalties. Our penalties in our kicking game certainly set us back and kept us backed up in our territory there in that first half as well. So those are things we can control, but there are some encouraging things in there as well."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on thoughts about Leslie Frazier taking over the job in Minnesota) Monday, November 22, 2010
"Number one, just like anything else, it is a tough one for him to take over. He's worked for a guy that he certainly loved and is loyal to. Certainly in our coaching ranks, we hate to see things like that happen. Brad Childress is a good man and certainly a good coach, but Leslie also deserves an opportunity, and I know he'll do a good job."