Quoting the Indianapolis Colts | What they’re saying about the New York Jets . . .
Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell . . .
* On the Ravens and Jets running games: “There actually are probably more similarities than differences. I think they both are real power-oriented, down-hill running games. They both employ their tackles sometimes as their tight ends. They’ll over shift and sometimes give you an unbalanced line. Those things are similar. (Jets RB) Shonn Greene is maybe one of the most powerful runners that we’ve seen. He’s a big, downhill back that can really do a tremendous job of carrying the load an entire game and gets stronger as the game goes on.”
* On the Jets’ defense: “They do give you a lot of different looks that you have to deal with. They mix it up quite a bit. They are a very good disguise team. They will show you one thing and bring something else. They really do, I think, tax your protections. But the caveat to that is they also have great personnel to actually execute those techniques. They give you quite a few problems in that area.”
* On criticism following the first Jets game: “Really, we’ve tried to focus in on the things that were in the best interest of our team and really stayed with it and took a look at who we were going up against next and right on through, to get us in the position that we are in now. That was the ultimate goal. That’s the thing about this particular business, not everybody is going to agree with you, that’s why it’s so popular.”
* On the difference in the public persona of he and Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan: “I don’t want to do any comparisons between the two because one thing about this game, I think it’s very important, you might try to draw parallels between (Jets head coach) Rex (Ryan) and I, or our two teams, in how they handle different situations. The great thing about this game is that it requires an immense amount of authenticity. So, you have to be who you are. These seasons are too long to pretend, the emotion involved in this game will strip away all that veneer and you are who you are. That’s who we are. That’s how we’ve always handled things. Maybe someone chooses to do things differently, but that’s because it serves them, and that’s what they feel comfortable with. In our particular case, our guys focus in on what we have to get done, and really what we try to get done is get ourselves in the best position to function great within those white lines.”
* On Jets CB Darrelle Revis: “He’s a great player. I’m not certain I’ve seen a corner play as well as he is right now. He’s special. He’s a guy that is a complete ball hawk with all the tools that you require to cover and cover well. What he does for them is that he takes one receiver and tries to eliminate them from the offense. They can take everyone else and concentrate on the other available eligible receivers. It’s highly unusual. It doesn’t happen often, but he’s good enough to do it.”
Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning . . .
* On success versus Rex Ryan-coached defenses: “I’ve never really looked at it that way. We’ve beaten the Ravens a number of times when he was defensive coordinator, but we’ve had great matchups against his style of defense. But I really don’t think that’s relevant to this game. This is a different team, in a different year, just like I think we are a different team. Certainly, the New York Jets have their own identity, and I think they do things differently than he did in Baltimore because of the personnel they have. It’s a completely different type of challenge, in my opinion.”
* On playing 3-4 defenses: “I can’t tell you what our statistics are versus a 3-4 defense versus a four-down defense. I don’t have an answer for you on that. I don’t know what the numbers say. And I can’t speak for years past of the teams that have played 3-4. The Jets play a little of everything – four down, three down. They have a good mix.”
* On Jets CB Darrelle Revis: “He’s an excellent player and he’s had an excellent season. He’s made a lot of plays and has defended a lot of passes. He seems to find a way to get his hands on the ball. He’s had, I think, two interceptions in these past two playoff games, which have come at pivotal times for their team. You can tell they have a lot of confidence in him, as they should, because he’s a highly talented cover guy. How that affects where we throw the ball, I’ll probably have to wait until Sunday to tell you that.”
* On Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan’s statements during the playoffs: “I can’t speak to that. I don’t follow it at all, to tell you the truth. I’ve spent my time since our game … obviously watched the TV game … you don’t know who’s going to win, but as soon as the game was over I started beginning my preparation from an Xs and Os standpoint on this team. That’s where I think the game is going to be played and decided, on the field. That’s where our focus is and that’s where my focus is.”
* On WR Reggie Wayne: “Reggie has had a great season on the field. But I think he and Clyde Christensen, our receivers coach, both deserve a lot of the credit for helping bring these young guys along. Reggie has been a great veteran leader and mentor for Pierre (Garcon) and Austin (Collie). And Clyde has done a great job of getting those guys ready to play. But Reggie receives a lot of attention, a lot of focus, and he’s received his share of double coverage throughout the year. He’s still been able to be a factor and show up at critical times. (It was) a huge play the other day against the Ravens on that touchdown, getting into the end zone. He’s certainly going to be a factor in this game for us. When you have young receivers, you like having that veteran on your side.”
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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