Jim Caldwell Nov. 4 Quotes

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (General Comments) Wednesday “LB-Tyjuan Hagler, due to an injury he suffered in the last ball game has been place on Injured Reserve.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (General Comments) Wednesday* *

"LB-Tyjuan Hagler, due to an injury he suffered in the last ball game has been place on Injured Reserve.  We are going to bring up LB-Cody Glenn from our practice squad.  LB-Ramon Humber and LB-Philip Wheeler will handle the duties at our 'Sam' linebacker.  That's one move I think you should be aware of.  "

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On if this is the best year he has seen from WR-Reggie Wayne) Wednesday

"He has been playing so well over the last six or seven years.  Overall, it was overshadowed because Marvin (Harrison) was here.  He (Marvin) would have great years as well.  I think the guys on our staff certainly had a great appreciation for Reggie and notice what he is capable of doing.  Now, obviously, he doesn't share that spotlight.  He certainly has taken over that No. 1 spot.  He has performed extremely well.  Although I do think he's been playing like he's been playing right now, the fact of the matter is he didn't get the ball nearly as much every year.  There were some years where it was noticeable to everyone he was playing extremely well.  There was the year we had the three receivers over a 1,000 yards.  There was the 49 touchdown year.  He was certainly involved in that as well.  I certainly wouldn't say he's playing any less than he played then.  I would say he's at his zenith and getting a little bit better."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On of the offense is balanced enough) Wednesday

"I'm concerned because we certainly always want to be more productive.  I think when you look at us and the games and situations, we've been pretty efficient in our run game.  We might not have had the 10 and 12-yard gains as many as we'd like.  There have been some games that we have been fine in that area.  Within our offensive scheme, oftentimes it's dictated by what they (opponents) do.  We simply take what they give us.  If they give us looks that require us to throw, we throw it.  If they give us looks that require us to run the ball, we run it.  A lot of time it's skewed by our system as well.  Oftentimes, we probably aren't overly concerned as those who are strictly looking at statistics, but yet it's something that we do believe we need to improve upon.  At one point in time this year we were looking at self scout in terms of our red zone numbers.  We had 36 passes and 34 runs in the red zone.  It just depends on where we are on the field and what the situation may dictate.  In some areas we are really balanced and other areas we are not.  Some of that is dictated by our system.  That's an area we look to keep trying to improve upon."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On any updates on RB-Donald Brown) Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"Hopefully, he is going to practice today.  That is what we anticipate.  We'll see after it's all said and done.  That's where it looks like he's headed."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On any updates on DBs - Marlin Jackson and Kelvin Hayden) Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"Marlin (Jackson) I do have a feel on.  We anticipate he is going to practice today.  As for Kelvin (Hayden), I would anticipate he would not practice today.  That will go day to day.  We'll see where things are."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On if LB-Philip Wheeler is ready) Wednesday

"He has no choice.  He's a guy that certainly had been around us for a couple of years.  He's been in the system.  He knows it.  He is going to get his opportunity.  Philip (Wheeler) is not a rookie.  We fully expect that if he's in there, he'll play well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On what he sees in Texans QB-Matt Schaub) Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"He has poise and accuracy.  He is playing with a lot of confidence.  He has been spreading the ball around.  He's been doing a great job.  I think (Andre) Johnson has 44 catches, and I think (Steve) Slaton has 20 or 29 catches.  He's done a great job of using his weapons.  He certainly is a guy that we think has developed over the years.  He continues to get better.    This year is no different.  He has thrown the ball for 66 percent or something in terms of his accuracy.  They (Texans) have scored 16 touchdowns.  He is going quite well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On what jumps out at him concerning Texas WR-Andre Johnson) Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"He has speed, power and is dangerous.  He loves to play the game.  There no question he has elite ability.  He's just a rare combination of size, power and speed that you just don't find very often."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On the difference with the Colts coverage units this year) Wednesday

"The system is totally different, obviously.  I think guys have bought into it and have done a good job getting down the field and covering.  I hesitate talking about that particularly glowingly at this juncture because every week is a new challenge, and, believe me, we have a challenge this week.  (Texans WR) Jacoby Jones is as fine a returnman as there is in the league.  We are going to have to do heck of a job covering."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On WR-Reggie Wayne practicing this week) Wednesday

"He is in good shape. I anticipate that."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On any updates on WR-Anthony Gonzalez) Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"I'd say to you I'm not quite certain where he is at this point.  I know he's trying to get to the point where he feels like he can function at his normal level.  He is not there yet.  How long that takes him just depends.  I know he's taken a look at it and getting some more opinions and things of that nature and moving forward."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (Of if Sunday represents a signature win for the Texans) Wednesday

"I really try not to put myself in someone else's shoes because I don't know all of the factors.  Back in the old days of college you always had your 'red letter' games.  I'm not certain that's the case with them (Texans).  Some people do that.  I'm not saying they have done it or will do it.   It's very tough for me to try and put myself in their position and answer that question."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On playing the Texans twice in the next three weeks) Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"The only thing I'm concerned about is this one.  That's all I'm worried about.  I want to get our team ready for this particular contest.  We know we have a very difficult team that we are playing.  They are hot.  They have won three games in a row.  Anytime you can win three games a row in this league, you have a pretty good football team.  We have to get ourselves ready. We know they certainly have the ability to win the game if they play well."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On if he was surprised seeing the 'wildcat' offense again against San Francisco) Wednesday

"This is really a copycat league.  Teams that have the personnel to utilize it will typically put it in.  I think they also have seen the success that Miami has had with it.  They have racked up a few yards.  You'll get a number of teams I think will try it if they can implement it.  I'm not surprised.  I would be surprised if we don't see a bit more of it down the road."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On what he tries to get the team to focus in on week after week) Wednesday

"I think what we have to focus in on is what we can control.  We can't necessarily control what they think and how they play to do things.  We can control how we practice and how we prepare and how we look at the opportunity.  Those are the things we try to focus in on and talk about."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (On preparing as a head coach versus preparing as a position coach) Wednesday

"It's a different type of preparation.  Regardless of what you are coaching in this league, it takes long hours and a great amount of preparation, even if you are a position coach.  The number of hours I spent is probably equal.  It's just a different type of preparation.  As a head coach, I have to look at things from a corporate view more so than the narrow focus of my position coaching.  I really enjoy it.  I have the opportunity to look at both sides of the ball and the kicking game.  I haven't been able to do that in a number of years.  The great value of it is I see a lot of different scenarios.  I look at film a different way than when I was an assistant coach.  Then, I was only concerned with their defense from our offensive standpoint.  Now, I look from the first kickoff to the end of the game, and I look at both sides of the ball and the kicking game as well.  Now I'm looking at it from a totally different vantage point.  It gives me a much better feel for our team.  It also enables me to be able to speak on a number of different topics as well in relationship to personnel and in relation to what we do from a schematic standpoint in all three phases.  That has been a lot of fun."

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