Colts Q&A With Charlie Johnson

Every wonder what the Colts go through during their daily meetings and practice schedule each week? Offensive tackle Charlie Johnson fills you in and also talks about his experience starting against Titans' DE Kyle Van Bosch a couple of weeks ago.

Ed Thompson:  You got the start at right tackel against Tennessee a couple of weeks ago. Give us your impression of the Titans game…

Charlie Johnson: It was a tough game, unfortunately we lost that one, but it was good experience for me getting to start in that game and play against a good player in Kyle Vanden Bosch. And except for a couple plays here and there I think I played pretty well. It was a tough loss for us, but it was something we were able to learn from and it was a game I took a lot out of.

ET: What kind of challenges does Kyle Vanden Bosch put in front of an offensive tackle like you?

CJ: He's a great player. He's been to the Pro Bowl and I knew that going in. Probably the biggest thing with him is that he's a high-motor guy; he's not going to quit. If you're successful off the bat, he's not going to stop… he's going to keep working and keep trying to get to the quarterback … and that was a good experience for me to face a player of his caliber.

ET: How did you feel you fared against him?

CJ: I felt I played pretty well against him. There was only one or two times in the game where he got away from me. Watching the tape before the game, I saw a lot of tackles in this league have had problems with him. So I knew coming in that he was going to get away from me, but if I just stuck to my technique I'd be able to minimize the number of times, and I think I did that.

ET: You were back on special teams for the Jacksonville game … what was the mood of the guys on the sidelines during the game?

CJ: For me personally it was sort of a shock because that's the first time, in my short time here, that we actually played that way and got behind in that manner. I think that was the mood of the team, just kind of a shock because teams really haven't had that much success against us -- not only in my time here, but in the past.

Charlie Johnson and Peyton Manning(Getty Images/Ronald Martinez)

ET: On a typical week, especially after you've won and you have Monday and Tuesday off, how much time do you spend in meetings and what are you focusing on?

CJ: On Wednesday we have our special teams meetings from 8:15-9:00. And from 9:00-11:00 we'll have an offensive meeting with the whole offense and Tom Moore will give us the game plan and the plays we're going to run against the defense that we're going to face. Then we break up into our position groups. The offensive line goes in and we go over the plays again and how we're going to go about it. Then we put on some tape of the defense we're going to see and watch the different looks, watch personnel, and how they line up against some of our different formations. Then from 11:00-12:00 we'll go out and have a walkthrough. We do offensive and defensive walkthroughs or we'll just walkthrough some of the plays against the fronts we're going to see. And then we go to practice after that. What's different from Wednesday to Thursday is that on Thursday you watch the practice from the day before and then we install our short-yardage and goal line plans -- we see how they line up against our short-yardage or goal line formations and we'll install our plays.

ET: Is it strictly on the field work then on Friday?

CJ: Friday we'll have our meetings in the morning where we'll watch Thursday's practice and see what we did wrong or what we could do better. Then we'll do our special teams - punt and kick-off return - before practice starts. And then Friday is sort of a final "rehearsal" going over what we're going to do. It's slightly faster than a walkthrough, but it's not all out … it's just really focusing on all assignments and using good techniques.

ET: Do you also practice Saturday regardless of whether you're home or away?

CJ: Yes, but the Saturday practice is just another walkthrough where we fine-tune what we're going to do. That's also where we'll walk through what Coach Dungy calls "the last four plays of the game." If we're in a situation where there's only 30 seconds left in the game and we don't have any timeouts, we have certain plays we'll run to try and get us into field goal position if we need a field goal, or a Hail Mary pass or something along those lines where we have to get into the end zone from a good distance away.


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