Quoting the Indianapolis Colts | What they’re saying about the Baltimore Ravens . . .
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne . . .
* On playing the Baltimore Ravens’ defense: “We need to play fast, play physical, because they are a physical bunch. We’re going to have to match their intensity. They beat a good New England team, so they are going to have a little swagger to them. We’re going to have to match their intensity, play the same way they play and may the best team win.”
* On the postseason: “We’re not ready to go home. We’ve been here long enough. We’ve had a lot of close games, a lot of playoff games. We just understand what a playoff game really is and what it really means, as well as a lot of guys on this team. So, we’ve got a lot of guys that have been through it before, and they can kind of relay that message to the younger guys and hopefully they can catch on like we did. It just goes with the territory.”
* On playoff experience: “Every year has its own identity. Each year you learn stuff, and you want to bring things you learned that year with you to the next year. There (are) also things you want to leave (behind) that you don’t want to carry on. I think you learn stuff from each year. I even learned stuff from 2001 when we didn’t go to the playoffs. I think you take every year that you get that experience and use it to your advantage.”
* More on postseason experience: “Just make sure that you show up. That’s the main thing. Don’t go out there and look like you haven’t played a game in six months. As long as you can just go out there and play football and play all four quarters, somewhere in there you’ll have the opportunity to win the game. Obviously, turnovers will kill you, so if you can minimize that and keep it as close as possible, you’ll have a shot at the end, and that’s all you can ask for.”
* On the Colts’ confidence when trailing: “You use all that stuff. We’ve won different ways my whole career. We’ve come from behind seven times this year. That’s good experience. We look at it as, no matter how many points you’re down, you’re never out, just keep fighting. Do what you can to give yourself the opportunity to come back, and hopefully get the win. Being able to win in all ways of the game is key, and we’ve been saying that throughout the year. We can use those instances where we had to come from behind to our advantage. It just shows the toughness and resilience of the type of team we have. Hopefully, we won’t need it, but you never know. If need be, we know how to use it and play along with it.”
Indianapolis Colts DE Dwight Freeney . . .
* On past bye weeks: “We are a different team. Every new year brings on new challenges. This year is definitely a new team. Obviously, we hope things are different. I think we’ve done a great job up to this point keeping guys as healthy as possible, so hopefully we’ll be flying around.”
* On the postseason: “For me, anytime I get on the field I’m excited to get after it. Obviously, this is a playoff game. It’s big game. It’s a pressure game or whatever you want to call it. This brings out the best in me, normally. I’m very excited to get out there.”
* On difference between Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell and former Head Coach Tony Dungy: “I think the biggest thing is Jim (Caldwell) does a great job of communicating to every guy. He’ll come up to veterans. I’ve seen him come up to rookies. I’ve seen him come up to the third-string guy. He just talks to you and wants to know how you feel. He comes up to me every other day. He’ll ask me how I’m feeling. He keeps the communication there. I think that is huge. That’s the biggest difference I’ve seen.”
* On added pressure on Caldwell: “I don’t really sense that. That is always a built-in pressure when you talk about the playoffs. Obviously, we know if we lose we go home. I think that’s already built in no matter what coach or team across the board. I haven’t sensed any added pressure.”
* On Ravens running game: “I believe that’s the strength of this team (Ravens). I think what they want to do is ball control. I believe they want to keep the ball in their hands and run and pound the ball. That will keep the ball out of our offense’s hands. If the score is close, anything can happen in the fourth quarter. I think they (Ravens) have some real good running backs. (Willis) McGahee and (Ray) Rice are both patient runners. They are also power runners. It is definitely going to be a challenge. I think we are up for the challenge.”