Star Running Back Talks About Division Showdown Against Texans
In his fourth year with the team, Colts running back Joseph Addai continues to be one of the cornerstones of the team's prolific offense. Addai has scored a touchdown in five of the team's seven games this season and is the Colts' leading rusher with 336 yards. On Wednesday, Addai spoke with reporters on a variety of topics, including the team's upcoming division showdown against the Houston Texans.
Q: Is this the best Houston Texans team you've seen yet?
Addai: "Oh, yes, they are aggressive and they know what they are doing. The great teams, they have a simple game plan and execute it, and that's what they've been doing. You don't usually look at the record, but they are off to a good start."
Q: The Texans are playing extremely well this season, how do you think they'll play when they come to Indianapolis this Sunday?
Addai: "The thing is, you want guys who are going to bring their 'A' game … It is the same as one-on-one basketball, if you don't bring your 'A' game, then I might not bring mine. So you want a team to come out and put it all on the line. That's the reason we play football. I think it is a good thing for us, to kind of us let us know where we are at when we play Houston."
Q: You grew up in Houston, has the hometown affect kind of worn off for you at all?
Addai: "I think it kind of wore off the second time I played them. Regardless of me being from Houston, we have another game after that. So I'll give it my all, but I don't look at it like this is the Super Bowl or the final game because we have another game after that."
Q: Do you think you are going to throw another pass this week?
Addai: "(Laughs) If coach calls it. It is one of those situations that you just get ready for any situation he calls. I think that is kind of behind us now. That was the San Francisco game, this is the Houston game this week, so we have a whole different game plan."
Q: Could you ever see yourself running the Wildcat formation?
Addai: "(Laughs) I could see myself doing it, or I should say I saw myself doing it. I could have seen myself doing it in some kind of way, but I don't think that will happen. We've been running the halfback pass since my rookie year, it just so happened last week it worked for us."
Q: Are you surprised the Wildcat formation has taken off like it has? It seems like everyone is running it now.
Addai: "I think in this day in age you have a lot of athletes and you want to get the ball in their hands … You have a lot of skilled-position guys who started off as running backs but can do more than just run with the ball."
Q: With the offense throwing as much as it does, does the offense ever feel unbalanced to you?
Addai: "You know what, I think you just kind of think about winning games. These last two games, I've had 20 carries. Obviously, Donald (Brown) was out, so he wasn't able to get any (carries), but we have to go to the game and the game tells us when to throw the ball, so that's the situation we are in. Week-by-week, it is different. You can't really tell how it is going. Everybody wants the ball, but there is only ball that goes around. All we really do is think, 'Team, team, team,' and trying to win, and that's what we've been doing."
Q: Do you have any concern right now with the running game?
Addai: "I'm good with it. I feel like we are still getting better and doing what we try to do. I think we are headed in the right direction, as far as what we are trying to do. It is still early in the season, so as long as we keep getting the 'Ws' we'll be alright."