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Jim Caldwell Dec. 9 Quotes

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On having OT-Michael Toudouze back) “He’s been in the system for quite some time.  He has a good understanding of it.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On having OT-Michael Toudouze back) * *

"He's been in the system for quite some time.  He has a good understanding of it. We are happy to have him back.  He's pretty much been a tackle for us for the most part.  Oftentimes, Howard (Mudd) finds a why to slide them into a few positions, but he's been primarily a tackle."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On QB-Jim Sorgi being placed on Injured Reserve)

"Jim (Sorgi) just wasn't making the kind of progress that we'd like to see.  We thought that the best thing for him right now is to really take time where as he can dedicate it to really getting his shoulder rehabbed and get straighten away.  That was the best move for us at this particular point.  He's being evaluated.  A determination hasn't been clear cut or explained as of yet as to what's going to get him back to normal.  Surgery is a possibility."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On have QB-Curtis Painter as a backup)

"He showed he has a pretty good grasp of what we are doing.  He is still in that learning stage.  In pre-season, you had a chance to see him extensively.  He was able to make some progress there.  I think he has learned a lot since that time.  We think he's certainly in the right spot."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On any updates on DE-Robert Mathis' injury)

"It's day-to-day.  I'm not quite certain exactly where he will be today.  He is feeling better.  He feels good.  We'll see what happens as the week goes on."


"He is performing awfully well.  He's a guy that is throwing the ball with a great deal of accuracy.  I think he's about 62% or so.  He's using all of his weapons in (Brandon) Marshall, (Eddie) Royal and (Brandon) Stokley.  He's doing a great job of mixing it up a bit.  He's using his tight ends as well.  It looks as if he has really hit his stride.  He is really causing teams a lot of problems."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On defending Broncos QB-Kyle Orton in different situations)

"It just depends.  It depends on the situation.  He does every well I think.  I don't think he's just a guy that manages the game.  I think he can hurt you down the field as well.  He can squeeze it into small areas.  He can make every throw.  We have to look at him and how he functions within their scheme and make a determination on how we play that particular offensive scheme."


"He is making real good progress.  He is coming along.  I think he has a better understanding of the defense.  He is being a lot more productive.  I think you can tell by the number of tackles he's had every week.  He's been in double digits here as of late.  We anticipate that is going to continue.  He is continuing working on his pass drops.  He can rush the passer as well.  You see him come on blitzes once in a while.  He is playing well.  Obviously, he's a guy that packs a punch."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On the team's focus and the significance of Sunday's game)

"What we try and do is focus in on our practice.  We are trying to get better.  That's the big thing during the course of the week.  We certainly make them aware, but they know already.  We don't have to tell them the significance of the game.  It's not foreign to them.  We address it but we don't make a big issue of it.  We try to focus in on the things that we can control.  That's how we practice.  That's how we prepare.  Then we go out and play the game."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On being called a rookie coach and going against another rookie coach on Sunday)

"It's pretty interesting actually.  It is indeed a fact.  That's the way it is.  It's going to be a lot of fun.  (Broncos Head Coach) Josh McDaniels is an outstanding coach.  He's a fiery guy.  I had the chance to spend a little time out at the league meetings with him and enjoyed it.  He was a lot of fun.  We anticipate it will be a great game.  Neither one of us has to play."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On setting records as a rookie head coach)

"It's an honor to be a part of a team that has played so well.  Things like that are the residue of winning.  I benefit from the residue of being involved with a great organization with great players and a great coaching staff.  I'm certainly humbled by it.  To me, the most important thing is how our team does and how we play from this point forward.  I've been here a few years and been coaching for quite some time."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On rookies making significant contributions this year)

"It's highly unusual, but I think we have a highly unusual team.  One of the things I think you find about teams that win and win consistently when you do have young players involved that there is a sharing of information from the veterans to the rookies that is uninterrupted and unfiltered.  They (veterans) do it willingly.  You see them (rookies) benefit from not only the coaching that they receive, but the veterans catching guys up and telling them about some of the nuances of the game that they should know.  That's important as well."

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HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On the offensive linemen)

"It's a great group.  It's a tight-knit group.  They have a deep concern for one another besides the field of play.  They take care of one another.  When you have things headed in the right direction, you find that guys really extend themselves to make sure guys are comfortable in all facets as they come into town, whether they've been newly-acquired through free agency or off the wire."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On playing at Lucas Oil Stadium)

"It's a great place to play. It's a great venue.  We've been playing well and playing well at home.  We've been doing the things you have to do in order to win.  We've had few mistakes, placed the ball in the end zone, played good defense, and our special teams have been sound.  We have a great time playing at home among our fans.  They do a tremendous job, and they add to the environment."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On WR-Brandon Stokley coming back)

"He is the ultimate competitor.  He still means a lot to some of the guys on the team.  They certainly admire his work habits, his zeal for the game and his love for life.  He's a great guy to be around.  He's a natural leader.  He came here with a clear understanding of what it takes to be a true professional.  He has coaching in his family too.  I wouldn't be surprised if one day he coached as well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On talking about milestones to the team)

"I do talk about milestones to the team.  To me the historical significance of things you accomplish in this league is tough.  It's tough to win.  I think you diminish your profession if you don't acknowledge milestones and talk about them.  Some of these guys have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into making some of these things happen.  We talk about milestones, but we don't get stuck on them.  They don't define us necessarily.  We know we still have a lot of work to do."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On ideas given to him on how to handle different situations)

"It's entertaining.  There are a lot of different views.  There are a lot of different people who have their opinion.  Like anything else, you can learn something new every day.  I listen.  I don't necessarily have to comment.  Some have pretty good ideas.  I'm interested in the one that works.  If anybody can guarantee me, then I may listen a little closer." 

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