Caldwell: Each Week is a Different Challenge

Coach Jim Caldwell talked to the media Thursday as the Colts prepared to travel to Denver. See what the coach had to say about Joseph Addai, the decision to have Jerraud Powers return punts, the Denver offense, and more ...

On the defensive effort against the New York Giants and any momentum gained from that performance:

"It was pretty important for us. We weren't satisfied with the way we opened up the season. I think our guys have a lot of pride. The big thing is we did better than we had done the week before, and we played like we're accustomed to playing. Every week is a different challenge. That's the great thing about this game. You can do it one week, but in order to show that you're consistently good at what you do, you have to do it week after week after week. You have to prove it over and over again. We have another great challenge for us this week."

On if he talks to the players about handling stress:

"I probably don't get into it probably as thoroughly and deeply as some may anticipate or would like, but I do think our player programs director, I think they do a great job with the NFL programs they put in place. They talk about all those issues. They have seminars every year dealing with issues, dealing with stress and on and off the field issues, as well. I do think that is monitored. We try to talk to them about keeping things in perspective, obviously with faith and family and football. This game has a way of becoming all-consuming. It's in deep in our DNA, so it does become stressful. We try to set example for coaches that they get home at a reasonable time at night. We certainly try to stress family time when they can get it, although it's very tough during this time of the year. Nevertheless, we try to have a little balance, just in terms of carrying out our duties."

On decision to have DB Jerraud Powers return punts:

"It was a combination of a little bit of everything. He's done it before. He's very good at it. Even the week leading up to it we certainly didn't give any definite declaration of who was actually going to do it, so we worked several guys back there, Pierre Garcon, WR Blair White, WR Anthony Gonzalez, DB Jerraud Powers and KR Brandon James. We had a number of guys that still work at it. Obviously, we felt that particular day with the situation we were facing that he would do a great job for us and that carried over to the second week, as well."

On being worried about having a starter as punt returner:

"You'll find a great majority of our guys all participate in some form of special teams. Philip Wheeler plays a pretty extensive amount, Antoine Bethea plays, obviously Melvin Bullitt plays, you can go on and on. There are a number of guys that have a role to play. We think special teams is important. If they are important then that means everybody kind of needs to pick up the slack somewhere along the line here, so we get participation from a lot of starters. Our field goal unit is littered with guys that play on our offensive line. Our field goal block unit is littered with starters across the board. There are a lot of guys that participate in that, as well. For us, it's just a different approach, in terms of how we look at our special teams. We do not prohibit starters from participating in that phase. We try to be prudent about it, but it's not taboo."

On differences in Denver offense without WR Brandon Marshall:

"They are talented. They have a corps of receivers that can just flat go. They are fast, they have great ball skills, good size, very fine route-runners and a quarterback who is throwing the ball very well. I think they are equally as dangerous."

On the Colts running game:

"It's a week-to-week challenge. I do think that we work hard at it and made some strides and we've improved. I think the numbers will indicate that. But it's only been two games thus far. We have quite a few left to go. Right now, we're concerned about how well we can run it against Denver, how well our guys can manage the line of scrimmage against a good defensive front. So, we'll have to go out and see how good we are, but I do think we are making progress."

On RB Joseph Addai:

"There are not too many things that he does not do and do well. He's a well-rounded individual with unique athleticism. Oftentimes, you'll find a guy who maybe can run the ball well, but maybe he doesn't pass protect as well because of his size, or he can pass protect well but he doesn't catch the ball out of the backfield nearly as well, or that he may be limited in terms of his learning and things of that nature, the complexities give him difficulty. Joe is blessed with an abundance of talent where he's as comfortable in the backfield pass-protecting or running the ball as he is flanked on the outside running routes. He is a very good route-runner and he has very good hands. He is a multi-faceted guy that is very, very valuable to us."

On how RB Joseph Addai and former Colts' RB Edgerrin James compare in pass blocking:

"I would have to say that both of them are very, very good in that area, to the point where I don't think Peyton worries a whole lot about whether or not, when either one of those two guys were in the backfield, they were going to get their job done. They are very, very disciplined, very dedicated to making certain that they know exactly what is going on, true professionals in terms of their study habits and their play indicates that."

On RB Joseph Addai being able to recognize defenses and blitzes:

"He's a very smart football player. I do think that he has a real fine understanding of our system and he can adjust on the run as quickly as anyone. He does a good job in that area."

On DE Dwight Freeney and DE Robert Mathis taking rookie DE Jerry Hughes under their wing:

"I've seen probably more leadership by example more so than anything else. Neither Robert nor Dwight are big ‘rah-rah' kind of guys. They go out on the field and they perform and I think that is what Jerry has to do. Oftentimes, what we tell him is, ‘Hey, just watch the guy that is lined up in front of you. Just watch Dwight and watch Robert, pay attention to what they do and how they go about it.' There is no question that is the way in which they function, but they are not limited to sharing knowledge. I think that is one of the things around here that has always been part of our formula to get young guys ready is that the older guys will say, ‘Hey, listen, you might want to look at this or try that.' You can see Jerry talking to Robert or talking to Dwight once in awhile or those guys giving him a little bit of advice. I think that's healthy."


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\"It was pretty important for us. We weren't satisfied with the way we opened up the season. I think our guys have a lot of pride. The big thing is we did better than we had done the week before, and we played like we're accustomed to playing. Every week is a different challenge. That's the great thing about this game. You can do it one week, but in order to show that you're consistently good at what you do, you have to do it week after week after week. You have to prove it over and over again. We have another great challenge for us this week.\"

\"I probably don't get into it probably as thoroughly and deeply as some may anticipate or would like, but I do think our player programs director, I think they do a great job with the NFL programs they put in place. They talk about all those issues. They have seminars every year dealing with issues, dealing with stress and on and off the field issues, as well. I do think that is monitored. We try to talk to them about keeping things in perspective, obviously with faith and family and football. This game has a way of becoming all-consuming. It's in deep in our DNA, so it does become stressful. We try to set example for coaches that they get home at a reasonable time at night. We certainly try to stress family time when they can get it, although it's very tough during this time of the year. Nevertheless, we try to have a little balance, just in terms of carrying out our duties.\"

\"It was a combination of a little bit of everything. He's done it before. He's very good at it. Even the week leading up to it we certainly didn't give any definite declaration of who was actually going to do it, so we worked several guys back there, Pierre Garcon, WR Blair White, WR Anthony Gonzalez, DB Jerraud Powers and KR Brandon James. We had a number of guys that still work at it. Obviously, we felt that particular day with the situation we were facing that he would do a great job for us and that carried over to the second week, as well.\"

\"You'll find a great majority of our guys all participate in some form of special teams. Philip Wheeler plays a pretty extensive amount, Antoine Bethea plays, obviously Melvin Bullitt plays, you can go on and on. There are a number of guys that have a role to play. We think special teams is important. If they are important then that means everybody kind of needs to pick up the slack somewhere along the line here, so we get participation from a lot of starters. Our field goal unit is littered with guys that play on our offensive line. Our field goal block unit is littered with starters across the board. There are a lot of guys that participate in that, as well. For us, it's just a different approach, in terms of how we look at our special teams. We do not prohibit starters from participating in that phase. We try to be prudent about it, but it's not taboo.\"

\"They are talented. They have a corps of receivers that can just flat go. They are fast, they have great ball skills, good size, very fine route-runners and a quarterback who is throwing the ball very well. I think they are equally as dangerous.\"

\"It's a week-to-week challenge. I do think that we work hard at it and made some strides and we've improved. I think the numbers will indicate that. But it's only been two games thus far. We have quite a few left to go. Right now, we're concerned about how well we can run it against Denver, how well our guys can manage the line of scrimmage against a good defensive front. So, we'll have to go out and see how good we are, but I do think we are making progress.\"

\"There are not too many things that he does not do and do well. He's a well-rounded individual with unique athleticism. Oftentimes, you'll find a guy who maybe can run the ball well, but maybe he doesn't pass protect as well because of his size, or he can pass protect well but he doesn't catch the ball out of the backfield nearly as well, or that he may be limited in terms of his learning and things of that nature, the complexities give him difficulty. Joe is blessed with an abundance of talent where he's as comfortable in the backfield pass-protecting or running the ball as he is flanked on the outside running routes. He is a very good route-runner and he has very good hands. He is a multi-faceted guy that is very, very valuable to us.\"

\"I would have to say that both of them are very, very good in that area, to the point where I don't think Peyton worries a whole lot about whether or not, when either one of those two guys were in the backfield, they were going to get their job done. They are very, very disciplined, very dedicated to making certain that they know exactly what is going on, true professionals in terms of their study habits and their play indicates that.\"

\"He's a very smart football player. I do think that he has a real fine understanding of our system and he can adjust on the run as quickly as anyone. He does a good job in that area.\"

\"I've seen probably more leadership by example more so than anything else. Neither Robert nor Dwight are big ‘rah-rah' kind of guys. They go out on the field and they perform and I think that is what Jerry has to do. Oftentimes, what we tell him is, ‘Hey, just watch the guy that is lined up in front of you. Just watch Dwight and watch Robert, pay attention to what they do and how they go about it.' There is no question that is the way in which they function, but they are not limited to sharing knowledge. I think that is one of the things around here that has always been part of our formula to get young guys ready is that the older guys will say, ‘Hey, listen, you might want to look at this or try that.' You can see Jerry talking to Robert or talking to Dwight once in awhile or those guys giving him a little bit of advice. I think that's healthy.\"

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