Jim Caldwell Dec. 24 Quotes

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On WR-Anthony Gonzalez being placed in injured reserved) “It was a tough decision.  He has worked so hard.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On WR-Anthony Gonzalez being placed in injured reserved) * *

"It was a tough decision.  He has worked so hard.  It was a difficult struggle for him.  He had a lot of ups and downs in terms of his rehab.  He was never able to get where he was comfortable and able to perform.  We just felt the best thing to do was to put him on injured reserve at this point.  He'll challenge the young guys to keep up with him in terms of drill work and hand/eye coordination.  He loves the game.  He loves to be around it and loves to talk about it.  His presence for the young guys will help tremendously."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On scoring in the redzone)

"They guys have a real good sense of how important is it to score when we're down there.  We've been able to score more touchdowns than field goals which has been key to the number of our victories.  It's a matter of emphasis.  A few years back we had a stretch where we weren't as effective as we'd like to be.  We reconstructed the way in which we practiced.  We ended up adding more repetitions in our practice sessions.  It's that old adage, 'You achieve what you emphasize'.  We've been emphasizing it.  That helps.  We have playmakers down in that area that do a great job.  We have a lot of weapons.  Peyton (Manning) throws the ball accurately in tight windows.  We have guys that have come up with some big catches under difficult circumstances.  They continue to do it week in and week out."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On the progress of WR-Hank Baskett)

"He has been doing well.  He had the opportunity to get in a little bit.  I certainly believe he's getting more comfortable with his role."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On K-Adam Vinatieri status for Sunday)

"He hasn't had any difficulty or problems as of this morning.  We'll see where he is as the week goes on."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On RB-Donald Brown status for Sunday)

"He got through practice fine and we'll see what happens today.  We'll know a little bit more as time goes on."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On the status of both DE's-Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis)

"Both guys it takes till the end of the week after they ramp up their activity.  We'll see at the end of the week exactly where they are.  We'll see what they do today and tomorrow."

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