HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on any roster moves planned for before the game) * *
"No, none as of yet. You should never say never in this business."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the team's plan for the Jacksonville game)
"We're just going to treat it like the previous 13 games that we've played. We're going to get ready and keep our rhythm, and go out to win this ballgame against a very tough Jacksonville team."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the definition of healthy changes with homefield advantage clinched)
"It's the same as any other week. If they're not able to go, the doctors don't release them to play, that's the only reason they won't be in the ballgame."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the team will take the same approach against the New York Jets)
"We're only talking about this game, and that's it. Next week, we'll look at next week. They all have their own little idiosyncrasies and differences. So, we'll kind of deal with that next week. That's kind of the way we've approached it all season long. We just stay focused and we don't want to lose that rhythm. We're playing well up to this point, a lot of things we can still work on to get better, but that's where we are."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on 2009 compared to 2005 and 2007)
"I think every year is a little bit different. It really doesn't have a whole lot to do with what we're doing this particular game. We look at it from where we are here and now, and make a determination of what best suits us."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on this Colts' defense compared to past Colts' defenses)
"We've had some pretty good defenses along the way. I'm not sure I can answer that accurately, from a statistical standpoint. I can just tell you that this particular defense is playing awfully well right now. I hope we can keep it that way."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on changes in this year's defense)
"From a schematic standpoint, the basic premise of our defense is exactly the same. We're still 4-3. We still believe in our cover-two. We do a little bit more stunting, which I think is obvious to anyone that has watched us. But a lot of the stunts that we utilize have been in the package, but there are some that are a bit different. (Defensive Coordinator) Larry (Coyer) has brought a little bit more of an aggressive style, and our guys have adapted to it."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on where a 19-0 season fits in his brain)
"It doesn't fit in anywhere. It's not the most important thing. It would be kind of the residue of a lot of hard work, but it's so difficult to do in this day and age. Right now, we're just looking to see if we can get this next ballgame against a real solid and tough team. We'll worry about those other things later, as they come. The other thing I've been preaching to our team throughout the year is that we'll add them up at the end of the year and see where we are."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if this team is playing its best football right now)
"Well, I would say we've been a bit inconsistent except for in the win/loss column. Every week we've found different ways to win ballgames. I wouldn't say we are operating on all cylinders right now. I think that's a good thing. It gives us a lot to work on and get ourselves in a little bit better position to be a highly effective team in the playoffs."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the team was 12-1 and had homefield throughout the playoffs clinched would the team be doing the same thing)
"Let me put it this way, I don't like to deal in hypotheticals. We can talk about what we are now and what we're doing. I'll answer that question. That would take a whole different mindset, and I don't like to go back and project. It's another 55 minutes worth of questions."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the players' reaction to the plan)
"I think the thing you all know and realize is that these guys are highly competitive. They love to play. They want to play. We certainly didn't meet any resistance, let's put it that way."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on how many players lobbied to him that they wanted to play)
"Not many, actually, to be honest with you."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the short week is harder on players or coaches)
"No, it's not tougher on coaches than players. Players, obviously, have a very difficult task getting their bodies ready to go. Is it demanding on the coaches? Yes, because of the fact that everything is moved up. We actually had to get started on this game last week, in terms of entering into the computer and taking a quick peek at what they do to make certain that we understood that we were going to be a couple days short. So, you had to think ahead just a little bit. From a standpoint of jamming all your preparation into a couple of days, it does require a little bit of extra time."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if it's an advantage playing a familiar opponent like Jacksonville in a short week)
"It does help, from a personnel standpoint, but it's been so long since we've played them, unlike Houston, unlike even Tennessee. The span of time has been quite a few weeks. Teams tend to change a little bit during that time. It's a bit different, but a great majority of the personnel we are familiar with."
HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the progression of QB-Curtis Painter)
"I'd characterize it as a conceptual standpoint in dealing with our offense. You can see it every single day. He has an opportunity to spend a little bit more time in the meeting room, a lot of time studying film in preparation for each week's game. His grasp is improving. The thing that he is missing is actually an opportunity out on the field, so we can really gauge it from a tangible sense. Until that happens, I won't be able to give you a full review on his progress."