Quoting the Indianapolis Colts | What they’re saying about the New York Jets . . . .
Indianapolis Colts DE Dwight Freeney . . .
* On what he learned from first Jets-Colts meeting: “I think the biggest thing is we understand it’s going to be a physical game. They do what they do – They run the ball very well. Everybody who plays against them knows they are going to run the ball, and they still run. And they do it with some success. It’s going to be important that we stop that, and hopefully we can get into a one-dimensional game.”
* On Jets being in the playoffs because they beat Colts: “The Jets still had to win the last game. Cincinnati kind of gave them a little bit of help, too, and the Jets played well in the playoffs and had to win two games to get to this point. So this is a very good team regardless of if people want to say, ‘oh, we let them get in.’ That was a what, 15-10 game? Who knows what would have happened in that game. Like I said… Good job for them, we are here at the AFC Championship Game. All the talk and all that stuff that happened in Week 16… We’ll see what happens.”
* On adjusting better without S Bob Sanders this season: “I think unfortunately we hadn’t had Bob here consistently. I guess the good thing about that is that the depth of our safeties got better and those guys got a little bit more playing time and now we’re comfortable with who’s back there. Now we understand where he is going to be. I think in years past, we didn’t know. It was kind of like, ‘who is going to be there? Is it going to Bob? Is it going to be whoever?’ Now, it’s we know who is going to be back there and we can all kind of gel together.”
* On the Jets’ offensive line: “The Jets’ offensive line is a very experienced line, a very good line. It’s a big difference between playing a line like that and then playing a line with rookies and first-round guys. You come into your own as an offensive lineman probably in your sixth, seventh or eighth year, and they have a lot of guys that have been here 11 years, 12 years. I think four out of the five linemen are either first-round draft picks or went to the Pro Bowl or something like that. It’s definitely going to be a challenge for our front four to really go out there and really establish the line of scrimmage.”
* On having won an AFC Championship Game in 2006: “I think it makes a little bit of a difference. I’m not sure how much. I think experience in the NFL plays a big role and a big part in certain things. I think some of the key positions on our team, we understand what it takes to get it done. I think that speaks a lot. I don’t know if it’s everything, it’s not the whole entire story and there are a lot of other things that need to happen, but I think it definitely helps. It doesn’t hurt us.”
Indianapolis Colts WR Austin Collie . . .
* On preparation for AFC Championship Game: “You have to try and take the same attitude you have had all year in terms of preparation and try not to let the pressure of the situation or the magnitude of the game get to you. You just have to do your job and just make sure you are not the guy screwing up or making a mistake.”
* On contributions of rookies this season: “To be quite honest I think it is the leadership we have in our locker room. They do a wonderful job of not letting us slack or take a play off. They are always behind us pushing us and pushing themselves. They have a great attitude coming into the office. Rookies like myself, Jerraud and Pat – we look at those guys and just try and follow in their footsteps, and they have done a wonderful job of setting those footsteps for us.”
Indianapolis Colts CB Kelvin Hayden . . .
* On the season: “Our plan so far has gone the way we have wanted it to. We are in the AFC Championship game. We just want to go out there and do what we do, continue to play fast as a defense and get off the field on third down.”
* On championship-game experience: “It is going to take everybody pitching in and doing their jobs. There is really nothing special, just to go out and play hard, and play harder – as hard as you can. Play fast and have fun in the process. You don’t have to do everything right, mistakes are going to be made, but we have to be critical in those mistakes and critical in the things we do. Guys are just taking it as a regular week, but come game time I think guys will be fired up and ready.”
* On not falling behind the Jets: “They run the ball extremely well. We don’t want to get in that type of game with those guys. I think the key is just to get off the field on third down, and help our offense get the ball back. We need to get out there and play fast and get to the ball. They have two great running backs who are capable of breaking tackles. They key is to run to the ball and get there fast.”
COLTS NEEDN’T REGRET NOT ELIMINATING THE JETS. HERE.
Reviewing Colts President Bill Polian’s weekly radio show . . .
* No apologies necessary. Here.
* Caldwell deserved Coach of the Year Honor. Here.
* Fans critical to victory over Baltimore. Here.
* Extraordinary season. Here.
Quoting the Indianapolis Colts . . .
* Head Coach Jim Caldwell and QB Peyton Manning. Here.
* WR Reggie Wayne and MLB Gary Brackett. Here.
* DE Dwight Freeney, WR Austin Collie and CB Kelvin Hayden. Here.
MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. ON THE HEALTH OF THE COLTS AND THE RB SITUATION. HERE
POPULAR OR NOT, COLTS EARNED RIGHT TO CHOOSE LATE-SEASON APPROACH. HERE.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS OWNER JIM IRSAY SUPPORTED DECISION AGAINST JETS. HERE.
AN UNBEATEN SEASON THAT WASN’T: A FINAL LOOK AT AN UNRESOLVABLE CONFLICT. HERE
FREENEY: PRO BOWL NEVER GETS OLD. HERE
TE DALLAS CLARK, QB PEYTON MANNING AMONG SIX PRO BOWLERS FOR COLTS. HERE.
DOES PEYTON MANNING GET TOO MUCH RESPECT? HERE
POLIANS’ CONTRACTS EXTENDED. HERE
COLTS FANS OWE RB JOSEPH ADDAI AN APOLOGY. HERE
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