Quoting the Indianapolis Colts | What they’re saying about the New York Jets . . .
Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning . . .
* On AFC Championship Game experience: “I have always felt that experience is your best teacher, as long as you use the knowledge that you gained from the experience. I think that is important. We have a lot of young players, a lot of rookies that are playing prominent roles for us this year; I know they will be excited. But I think all the veteran players, guys that have been in this game before, will be equally as excited. It’s just a great opportunity.”
* On the season: “It has definitely been a different type of season because of so many changes that we had. Obviously with a new head coach, but certainly with personnel. It has been a change. There certainly was a lot of unknown to start the season. Certain guys looked good in practice, but you just don’t know how certain players will respond once you get into game situations. It is one thing to look good in training camp, but do you look as efficient once the lights turn on? We had a number of young guys that really stepped up. The game never seemed too big for them. That was critical when those guys were called on to make plays for us and to fulfill some critical roles. You have to kind of go through the experience to see how they are going to respond. They have done a good job all season. They have gotten better. They have learned a great deal in their first season or second season. So from that standpoint, it has been gratifying to see these guys mature as players, become better football players, and to see how the veterans really helped those young guys come along.”
* On Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan’s defenses compared with his defenses as coordinator in Baltimore: “Any time you are playing a different team, different players, that is the film and that is the defense you need to worry about. You have to be very careful of comparisons to where other payers were on other teams, where other coaches were. This is the 2009 New York Jets, they have their own identity, they have their players that allow them to do certain defenses. So that is our focus is and that is where the preparation is.”
* On durability: “I have had good fortune, good protection. I have had the same offensive line coach, Jeff Saturday as a center for the majority of my career, Ryan Diem has been at right tackle, [Ryan] Lilja has been at left guard for a number of years. There has been enough veteran presence to bring some of the younger guys along throughout the years, guys like Charlie Johnson. Like I said, I have had good fortune, good protection. Obviously you have to have some ‘want to’ to be out there. I have always felt a real accountability to be out there for my teammates at practice every day. Not just on game day, but to be there at practice, in the offseason. I have been fortunate. I take a lot of pride to be out there for my team every Sunday.”
* On if he was surprised to start 14-0 this season: “Absolutely, there is no question about it. Certainly with the young people we had, and [especially] if you look at our games. Look at some of the games we had, we were fortunate to win a number of those games. We had a number of come from behind victories. We possessed the ball for I think 14 minutes against the Miami Dolphins. To me you earn the breaks. You still have to go out there and make the plays. With 14 minutes of possession we still find a way to make the plays to win the game. Guys have made the critical plays at critical times, and different guys have made the plays all year. I don’t think anybody saw that coming, and I certainly didn’t.
* On a fourth MVP: “I don’t factor that into this season. Although I do accept that as a team award, because so many guys worked hard this year to do their job at a high level and bring along some of these younger players. So I am very grateful for the help that I have had from all of my teammates and grateful for the work ethic of these younger guys and obviously I have had some excellent coaching throughout my years and certainly this year as well.
* On not pursing 16-0: “It is old news in my opinion. It is something we addressed at the time, and we have truly moved on from it. I think it is one thing our team has done a good job of this year is putting the past behind us no matter what happened – whether it was a huge come from behind win like we had against New England, but as soon as it happened it was over with. With regards to your question, It was a number of weeks ago, we have moved on, and that is something that has served us well throughout the season and hopefully will again.”
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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.
* 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
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.
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