Jim Caldwell

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how practice went yesterday) “It went well.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how practice went yesterday) * *

"It went well. The focus was good, and I hope we have a better one today."

 

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if DB-Jerraud Powers has been stepping up his play)

"I think that's a great thing about him, he's been getting a little bit better incrementally. He pays attention. He studies hard. He's conscientious. That's usually a pretty good formula for success."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if DB-Jerraud Powers makes it easier for fellow rookie DB-Jacob Lacey)

"I think so. I think, overall, just his demeanor and attitude. Certainly, there is no panic in him at all. He is very poised. That doesn't mean he does everything right all the time, but he's a real solid, solid individual. I think that does indeed help with some of the younger guys that can see him doing it and performing well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if DB-Jerraud Powers had both feet inbounds on the goal line fumble recovery against Houston it would have been the Colts' ball at the one-yard line)

"That's what I understand. It's not cut and dry. I thought he got both feet down. Evidently, they said he did not, but he made contact with the ball. I know it went in our favor and I was happy about that part of that."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if DB-Jerraud Powers had touched the ball when he was out-of-bounds)

"If he had one foot out-of-bounds and touched that ball (on the one-yard line), that ball is out. It's out of bounds. It's their ball. I guarantee you, he tried to get both his feet down. He wanted to get the ball. He understood the situation very well. Oftentimes, you don't see young guys react that way in a nanosecond. I mean his response time was just incredible. Oftentimes, you would see most guys just let the ball lie, thinking he was out of bounds. They'd think nothing of it, the ball lays there and the official comes, picks it up and says, 'Okay, let's place it and let's keep going.' He had enough wherewithal to get that done."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on RB-Donald Brown)

"Donald looks good. Donald looks very good. He performed well yesterday."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on WR-Austin Collie's injury)

"He hasn't missed any time at all."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on QB-Jim Sorgi's injury)

"I'm not certain, to be honest with you. We'll just kind of have to wait and see. They're not quite certain exactly what the situation is, nor are they quite certain how it developed. It seems like something he's going to recover from shortly. We're just trying to get a handle on it."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if QB-Jim Sorgi will have a clipboard Sunday)

"He usually has one anyway. He's typically down there working with it. Both of those guys (Sorgi and QB-Curtis Painter) do a great job of making certain that we have all the information we need."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on New England's injury issues and if he just takes the approach that they all will play)

"Absolutely, no question about it. You prepare for their best, and they typically show up on gameday."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on offenses running the ball to try and get safeties to play closer to the line of scrimmage)

"It's kind of a known fact that typically when running the ball that is what you're trying to achieve. You're saying to a team, 'Hey, we're going to run the ball so well, that you're going to have to bring an extra guy down in the box to keep us from gaining four, five, six yards a clip.' Once you do that, then what it does, it leaves one-one-one coverage, be it zone or man, with the wide receivers with free access down the field. That sort of opens up those matchups. If you think you have superior people in those positions as an offense that throws the ball well, with a very accurate quarterback with receivers that can run and catch, you feel pretty good about that. So, it's kind of something that we look for, that we certainly would like to be able to say, 'Hey, we can run it well enough where you can't double our guys on the outside. If you double them on the outside, we're going to hit you for four-, five-yard gains right down the field in the run game, and if you decide to bring an extra guy down into the box, we think we can do a little damage in that area, as well.' That's kind of the way in which I think all of us in this game try to play it, and that's what we try to achieve. When we say a respectable running game, a running game gets respect when they drop a safety down in the box."

 

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