Quoting the Indianapolis Colts | What they’re saying about the New York Jets . . .
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne . . .
* On Colts‘ young wide receivers: “As far as the off-the-field situation, they are grown. They are young, but they are old enough to know what’s right from wrong, so I let them guide themselves on that pretty much unless they ask something. I can only give them so many female tips (laughing). As far as on the field, it’s just them taking their time not rushing into anything. Just (taking it) one play at a time and try not to do too much and to let the game come to them. At the beginning of the year, from training camp, I told them there was going to be a lot of things coming toward them at 100 miles per hour. Just being able to just sit back and relax… You are going to have your opportunities to make plays, and you will also have some times where you mess up. The times when you mess up, just don’t get down on yourself and just keep pushing forward. They’ve been able to do that all year, and it’s worked out well for them. They’ve really been doing some great things for us and helped us out a lot to get to this point now.”
* On being No. 1 receiver: “I just take it one day at a time. I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m the man here. I just sit back and just try to make plays when my number is called. As far as the pressure, I love it. I thrive off of it. My dad used to always tell me pressure busts pipes. I’ve had my basement flooded numerous times since my pipes burst, but I tend to just take on that challenge and want to make that play. On that third down, I want to be that guy to get the call and make a big catch to keep the chains moving. It’s kind of been that way for the last three or four years, and I look forward to it. One thing about it – On this team, it doesn’t necessarily have to rely on just my shoulders. We have a lot of guys that can make plays in key moments and stand up in big occasions such as (TE) Dallas Clark. (WR) Austin Collie has been doing a good job. (WR) Pierre (Garçon) has been doing a good job. We’ve got enough bullets in the arsenal to spread the ball around whenever need be.”
* On if he had as much double coverage in the past: “Not at all. We’ve had (WR) Marvin Harrison on the other side of me. He was getting a lot of the attention in the past. Now that he’s not here, a lot of that attention has focused on me. I guess they say, ‘be careful what you ask for.’ You want to be the guy, but at the same time, there is always something that comes with it. It’s not a free ride. This is definitely the first year I have seen a lot of the different coverages roll my way, but it’s good. I feel like if they are double covering me, that means I’m doing something right and I’m going to have to rely on the other guys to help me out and get the double coverage off me. It works hand in hand.”
* On if the perception of QB Peyton Manning not winning big game has changed: “I hope it’s changed. He’s won a lot of big games, I believe, unless you want to go all the way back to his college days when he couldn’t beat Florida (laughter). I don’t know about that. In my opinion, he’s won a lot of big games. I feel like he had to win that Super Bowl in ’06 to get some of the critics off his back… Kind of ease up. But even after he did that, there were still some people out there pointing fingers saying, ‘he can’t beat this team. He can’t do that.’ The only thing he can do is play the team that is on the schedule. Like I said earlier, we have to help him out and make him look good. I don’t think there is much more than you can say about the cat. He does everything he is asked to do. He’s come through in the clutch plenty of times. Every week, he’s breaking some kind of record. The only thing we can do now is to continue to build off of that and help him out a little bit. If we take care of this week then we will move on to the Super Bowl and hopefully we can get that done and that will be another accolade that he has tackled.”
Indianapolis Colts MLB Gary Brackett . . .
* On Jets’ running game: “They are a physical group of guys. Obviously, their offensive linemen are very savvy. Those guys have been healthy the whole season. They are leading the league in rushing, I think because they are not afraid to run the ball, no matter what the score is. It seems like they are still running the ball, so it’s definitely something we want to get stopped.”
* On if he is underrated nationally: “I think I’ve been playing long enough now, it depends who’s rating you. Obviously, because of our offense, a lot of our defensive players are under the radar. But I don’t think you win 14-15 games in a season without having a good defense. Across the board, our guys have been competitive; we’ve been getting the job done. Looking at statistics, we are 14th, 15th overall, but I think anytime there is a play to be made our defense steps up and makes it.”
* On difference in Colts defense now and when Tony Dungy was head coach: “I just think we have more coverages. We open up to how we do things. Before, we had about three or four coverages we draw on. Now, it’s anywhere from eight to 10 depending on the game plan. (Defensive Coordinator Larry Coyer) has done a great job of bringing us up to speed, in terms of putting different things in, giving our offense a different look, so to speak. We’re not the same scheme down-in and down-out. I think he has done a good job of mixing it up. And when guys they get their number called in the blitz scheme they are making some plays.”
* On the New York Jets’ confident attitude: “It is what it is. That’s their mantra. They get it from their coach. That’s his MO. But I’d be confident, too, if I won two road games. But every football team has a little bit of cockiness with them. Sunday at 3 o’clock we are going to see what happens.”
* On approach this season of first-year head coach Jim Caldwell: “Coach Caldwell, one of the things he has preached to us this year is that we are going to be the hunters. No matter what someone else has to play for, no matter what attitude, bravado, whatever it is they bring in here, we are going to be the hunters. Defensively, you’ve definitely seen that, with some of the aggressive things we’ve been doing, and even offensively. We are going for it more on third and fourth down and I think that comes with him. Being the hunters, being aggressive and wanting to set the tempo for every game.”
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* WR Reggie Wayne and MLB Gary Brackett. Here.
* DE Dwight Freeney, WR Austin Collie and CB Kelvin Hayden. Here.
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