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Jim Caldwell Dec. 3 Quotes

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On the defensive adjustments made at halftime this season) “I think our coaches do a real fine job of adjusting at halftime.  They know how to fix problems.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On the defensive adjustments made at halftime this season) * *

"I think our coaches do a real fine job of adjusting at halftime.  They know how to fix problems.  Our guys who are on the field respond to the things they have seen and execute it well.  Sometimes it's a matter of settling in and doing what you have planned all along.  I think that happens more often than not.  It could also be a situation of your getting a heavier dose of a particular style of play that requires some slight adjustments.  There are never wholesale changes.  They (defense) do adjust well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On defensive changes QB-Peyton Manning sees each week)

"For the most part when defenses see Peyton (Manning), you'll see new wrinkles here and there.  Week to week there is usually some adjustment made.  They (defenses) have to defend Dallas (Clark) or Reggie (Wayne).  Whomever it might be, there are a few wrinkles in there.  There are changes."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On any updates on RB-Donald Brown)

"It's a day-to-day situation.  We'll have an idea tomorrow.  We wouldn't have made a move with Mike (Hart) if we were 100% sure.  We are taking every precaution.  Don't ever underestimate a young body, though.  They (players) heal fast."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On any updates on DE-Dwight Freeney)

"He's coming along and making progress.  Every day is a little bit better.  How quickly he is going to be able to turn it around is questionable."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On DE-Robert Mathis being named AFC Player of the Month for November)

"I can certainly say he deserves it.  He's a guy that as hard as you see him play on game day, he practices the same way.  He goes 100 miles per hour.  I think he embodies everything that we talk about with Colts football.  He does it.  He works extremely hard.  He gives you everything he has.  He's a guy that may be a bit undersized, but he can be dominating.  Through effort, sure will and great strength, he's been an integral part of the success we've had around here.  I was happy to see him get some recognition.  The scouts talk about the film they watched on him when he was coming out.  The effort he put forth in the game and on special teams was amazing.  He came here and has been able to do the same things.  He has set an unbelievable standard in terms of hustle and commitment.  We benefit from that as a team."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On the rivalry with the Titans and having former Colts playing for them)

"It's always been a heated rivalry.  Their teams have been really outstanding.  They play extremely well, so all the games have been hard-fought battles.  Yet, you can couple that with our having some guys on their team that certainly know our way of doing things.  They have gone on to help the Titans excel as well.  That always makes things a little more interesting.  The games are usually hard-fought, and the guys love playing in it as well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On Titans QB-Vince Young's play now versus earlier in his career)

"I think the thing you always notice about him is he's extremely talented.  He has great foot speed.  He's elusive.  He can throw the ball down the field as well.  Right now he's playing with a lot more poise.  He's calm in the pocket.  What he has done is extremely difficult to do.  Oftentimes, guys that sit and watch without doing aren't nearly as effective as he's been.  He gained a lot from having the opportunity to sit back and watch Kerry (Collins) operate.  I'm certain things when through his mind as to how he would handle situations.  He certainly now is putting those things into action and playing extremely well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On measuring his success)

"I would argue as to what's measured as success.  I would say success is measured over a long period of time.  I think you measure it by the Tony Dungy's of this profession.  He's been able to do it for so many years.  He accumulated many victories.  I could add the Jeff Fisher's and guys who have been at it a long time.  It going to take a few years.  I do think the measure of success our team has had has a lot to do with the great  foundation that was put in place.  We haven't changed it a whole lot.  We kept the things in we thought would help us be effective.  We changed some things we thought we needed to tweak.  We feel good about where we are.  We are working hard to try to find ways to get better."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On the Titans defense)

You still see a real talented team.  The first time we saw them (Cortland) Finnegan didn't play.  He's back.  He's a guy that always adds energy to their defense.  Their defense is certainly one I always think is formidable.   He adds a little spice to it.  He's a guy that's reckless.  He's a hard worker.  He is all over the field.  He is trying to hit you every opportunity he gets.  With Nick (Harper) back and (Vincent) Fuller back, those guys are a lot more experienced.  They have been through some wars and won a lot of games."    

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