Quoting the Indianapolis Colts | What they’re saying about the New York Jets . . .
Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell . . .
* On WR Reggie Wayne helping young receivers: “The big thing is that he has been willing to share a lot of information. We’ve never been that way around here, but I’ve heard of places where veterans sometimes like to keep some information to themselves. They aren’t willing to freely give it out, but here, in this particular case, the guys do a great job of helping them. What I mean by that is that they talk to them about study help, they talk to them about taking care of their bodies, they talk to them about some of the nuances, just route-running, body position, leverage, breaks, things of that nature, you can see him talking to them constantly, particularly when they first arrived. I think it’s benefited both of them.”
* On the offensive line keeping up with QB Peyton Manning’s pre-snap calls: “It’s not easy, I can tell you that. His brain operates at a little different speed than most. He is one of those guys that kicks it into high gear. All of those guys up front are very intelligent guys. They have to be able to adjust and adjust quickly, but they also have to be able to work in unison with one another, so there is a lot of camaraderie between that group, as well. They have to be a special group, particularly when you’re lining up in front of 18.”
* On DTs Dan Muir, Antonio Johnson and Eric Foster: “The great thing is that they all improved. That’s the key. We’d still like some inside rush, but the key is to make certain teams just can’t run the ball down your throat consistently, and we get quite a few teams that attempt that, week-in and week-out.”
* On QB Peyton Manning changing plays as the playclock winds down: “He’s been around, and he knows how to manage that clock. Sometimes, he has to get quite a few things done in a very, very short period of time and nobody does it better. I think he’s demonstrated that time and time again.”
* On Colts LT Charlie Johnson: “Charlie has done extremely well. Charlie has been a guy for us that we’ve depended on through the years of playing numerous spots. He’s played guard for us, he’s moved around quite a bit, lined up at tight end. He’s an athletic guy who moves extremely well, that also is very, very smart. Hence, the fact that we’ve been able to move him around quite a bit. But he’s found a home there at left tackle, and he’s done a tremendous job for us. He’s fought through some injuries, played a very, very key role in a number of our victories. Charlie continues to work at it and continues to get better.”
Indianapolis Colts TE Dallas Clark . . .
* On mastering QB Peyton Manning’s presnap changes: “It’s tougher for the rookies. It’s one of those things, you adjust to it, you get used to it. It’s been seven years for me now, so it’s a little easier than the first couple of years. I think the younger receivers have done a great job of handling it, learning it, picking it up. They’ve really been able to be effective with it. It’s one of those things that you can’t sit in our position room, you can’t watch film. It’s things you have to learn by experiencing it through practice and through training camp and through the games. They’ve done great job in such a short time.”
* On WR Pierre Garcon: “He impressed everyone last year on the (look) squad. What’s great about Pierre is he knows he can play this game, he loves it, and he came into work every day trying to get better and improve even knowing he wasn’t going to be on the roster or be part of the game plan. He just tried to get better. Some guys come in here and if they’re not in the game plan, they just kind of take the day off and they just kind of go through the motions. He made an impression just by making plays and just running extremely fast, as he’s done this year for us. He’s a player who stands out; he knew he was going to get his chance sooner or later.”
* On Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell’s calm demeanor: “We love it. That’s kind of what we’ve been used to with Coach (Tony) Dungy. And it’s kind of been the norm around here … the coach is on the quieter side. But I think guys respond well. There are different coaching philosophies around the league. Wherever you are as a player, you just adjust. Throughout your career, you come across a lot of different personalities, a lot of different coaches, a lot of different styles. You just adjust. The transition from Coach Dungy to Coach Caldwell was pretty easy for us.”
Indianapolis Colts C Jeff Saturday . . .
* On preparing for the Jets’ multiple defensive schemes: “It’s extremely difficult. That’s kind of been (Rex Ryan’s) deal ever since he’s been a coordinator. He likes to create chaos and kind of leave guys open, where you don’t know if you’re blocking a guy or not. He plays a number of different guys at different positions. I think you have to be really solid on knowing who you’re going to pick up and what looks in which you’ll pick that guy up. You have to know that some are going to be throwaways. You’re not going to be able to block them up every time, every play. These guys are top in the league for a reason.”
* On dealing with QB Peyton Manning’s pre-snap changes: “It depends on each week, really, how much he’s changing and how much he likes to switch it up. That’s our offense. There’s no changing now. It’s what we’ve done to get here to this point, and it’s what we’ll continue to do. You either live by it or die by it. It’s brought us a lot of wins and hopefully we’ll keep winning with it.”
* On if Manning asks for other players’ input in the huddle:“Oh, yeah. Yeah, he’s not a Lone Ranger out there. He’s always asking, making sure we’re all on the same page. Do we all see it the same way? Do you feel you can get this guy if we call this play? He does that throughout the week and on Sundays as well. He makes sure we’re all on the same page and comfortable getting the job done. You don’t want to put a guy in a position where he’s not confident in getting his job done. We have a lot of that communication as we move through the week.”
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Reviewing Colts President Bill Polian’s weekly radio show . . .
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* 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.
* QB Peyton Manning. Here.
* Head Coach Jim Caldwell, C Jeff Saturday, TE Dallas Clark. Here.
* RB Joseph Addai, LB Clint Session, S Antoine Bethea. Here.
MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. ON THE HEALTH OF THE COLTS AND THE RB SITUATION. HERE
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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS OWNER JIM IRSAY SUPPORTED DECISION AGAINST JETS. HERE.
AN UNBEATEN SEASON THAT WASN’T: A FINAL LOOK AT AN UNRESOLVABLE CONFLICT. HERE
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TE DALLAS CLARK, QB PEYTON MANNING AMONG SIX PRO BOWLERS FOR COLTS. HERE.
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