"We'll I'll be looking at all of them. To me, it's a typical Baltimore defense, very active, very physical, create a lot of plays. I watched the TV copy of the game on Sunday against New England. They really just came out and made plays from the get-go. Their offense and defense fed off of each other. Their defense gave their offense great field position, creating those turnovers like they're capable of. OLB-Terrell Suggs didn't play in the first game, he's back and that's definitely a plus for them. They're playing well right now, and it will be a real challenge for us on Saturday."
On S Ed Reed:
"Well, you have to know where he is on the field. He has a great knack for the football. He covers a lot of ground. They said he was possibly injured before the game, you sure didn't see that on Sunday the way he was flying around. He can cover so much ground. You definitely have to factor in where he is on every single play."
On if the approach to playing Baltimore's defense is to be patient, but aggressive:
"I think that's a potential option. Certainly, versus any team, it's important to protect the ball, so I'm not going to say we're going to emphasize it more this week because that's going to act like we don't do it in other games. They do an excellent job of stripping the football. They seem to have tipped balls go their way, and that's due to their hustle and their efforts. They're physical, and mentally, they give you plenty to prepare for. I think you add all those things, that's why year-in, year-out, they are one of the top defenses. This year, statistically, I think they are number two in a lot of categories, but I've always thought, year-in and year-out, that they are one of the top defenses in the NFL."
On if you know going into the game that there will be some negative plays against the Baltimore defense:
"Once again, we certainly know that there is a potential for that. You're certainly hoping to avoid those, but understand that like any NFL game, those are possible. You hope the bad plays just don't get real bad. You hope they are a throw-away, or a punt, not a play that really puts the team in a tough position."
On pressure being part of playoff football:
"I guess it depends on the player. Certainly, the intensity is there. It's supposed to be there. It's an elimination game, but it's a unique opportunity. We feel fortunate to be one of the few teams still playing in the NFL right now. It's an opportunity that you want to try and take advantage of. I know our young players are excited. Our veteran players are excited. I'm sure Baltimore feels the same way. We're looking forward to going out there, playing at home, and hopefully finding a way to grind out a win on Saturday."
On if you don't have to be a big run team to win in the playoffs:
"A lot of people have asked me questions this year about trends in the NFL, and I just feel that I'm the wrong guy to ask. I can't speak for what other teams are doing, and how these teams are winning. You watched a lot of the playoff games this weekend, and you saw a lot of teams running the ball well. That was a big reason they were winning. Statistically, I know that we don't rank up there real high, but it's something that we always are hoping to do well every single Sunday. We try to establish it. We continue to work at it. We feel we have good backs. We feel we have good blockers. This is a team that is extremely difficult to run the ball against, but like any week, we go into every game trying to be balanced. We feel that is our best chance to win each week, to be balanced. That certainly will be the goal this Saturday night."
On C Jeff Saturday re-signing with the Colts last offseason:
"I don't know if I had a role in it. I certainly had an opinion as to what I wanted. I wanted Jeff back. He's been so pivotal to our team's offensive success. He's one of our great team leaders, one of our best locker room guys. Obviously, I've leaned on him a lot in the quarterback-center relationship through my career. I certainly wanted him back. Jeff knows, and I've come to learn, that the business side of the NFL is the business side. It doesn't get personal. So, Jeff and I talked and he told me some of the potential things that may happen. When asked by management, it's not something that they do often, but when they asked, I said, ‘Certainly, I want him back.' I've never told them that I didn't want a player back. Every player that we've ever not retained, believe me, I've never had one that I wanted to lose. I'm aware that the business side comes into play, but certainly glad that Jeff is still on the team."
On if he's ever had a guy he wanted to keep more than C Jeff Saturday:
"No, I put them all equal. Going way back, (TE Ken) Dilger was kind of the first one. I didn't want to lose Dilger, didn't want to lose (TE Marcus) Pollard, certainly didn't want to lose RB Edgerrin (James), didn't want to lose WR Marvin (Harrison). OT Tarik (Glenn), obviously, when he retired was tough because there is no greater friend probably than a left tackle. I'd put center probably number two, but that left tackle is probably number one. I'll be indebted to Jeff for the rest of my career and then after for what he's provided for our team, our offense and for me. I told him the other day, it's been an honor and a privilege to call him a teammate."
On if he thinks it's deflating for a pass rusher to think he's about to get a sack, but the ball is already gone:
"I can't speak for them. Certainly, we have a lot of respect, pertaining to Baltimore, for their pass rush, for their ability to get to the quarterback. (OLB Terrell) Suggs made a great play, sacking (New England QB Tom) Brady and causing that fumble on their first offensive series. That, right away, if you didn't already know, shows you what they are capable of. They are not a team that you can sit back and hold the ball forever against ... That's a great challenge. It's no secret, against Baltimore you want to stay out of the long down and distances. You get in third and real longs, that can make for a real long day."
On if he takes pride in being able to cover up a lineman's mistake by getting rid of the ball quickly:
"I always say that I'm not trying to put anybody through a test out there as to how long you can hold your guy in one-on-one pass protection. To me, it's not a ... maybe in class work you study all week, and we're going to see how you hold up. I know those guys are doing whatever they can to give me the best chance to do my job. I'm trying to help them do their job well by being on time, and it just depends on the pattern, you have your short patterns, you have certain patterns where the offensive line knows that you do have to hold the ball a little bit longer to let WR Reggie (Wayne) or WR Pierre (Garcon) get down the field. I think the play calling has a lot to do with that, as well, what (Senior Offensive Coordinator) Tom (Moore) does to give these guys a chance with runs, with drop-back passes, with play-action passes, trying to do whatever you can and once again getting back to that balance."
On the reaction around the country to the Colts pulling the starters out of the final two games:
"I would say maybe I'm not as aware of it as maybe some other people are. I don't feel like I have a pulse of the other NFL cities, or the nation, on what their reaction is to what's happened. All I'm really concerned with is how our team has responded, and I think we addressed it. It's been almost three weeks ago now. We've kind of put it to bed, and we've tried moved on since then. Nothing really surprises me anymore as far as a reaction to something on the field. I've just come to expect whatever happens and deal with it. I think that's what our team has been able to do and has dealt with that unique, different situation. I think our team has responded in the right way. All we've done is gone to work. We're glad to be playing at home this week, and I certainly feel like our fans, matter-of-fact I know that our fans, will be there rocking, ready to go on Saturday night."
On preparing for Baltimore:
"I feel like our team worked hard last week in our preparation week. I feel our team needs to work hard this week in practice. Our preparation is off to a good start. I think the key for us to playing well on Saturday is having a good week of practice this week. We certainly have a number of guys back that haven't been playing, from an injury standpoint, which is certainly a plus. I feel we really need to put it all together this week in practice and take that to the field on Saturday. To me, that will be the key."
"I really haven't thought about that. I really feel each team kind of takes on its own identity, and you have to be careful of comparisons too much. Joe has been a rock for us all year. What he does in pass protection sometimes gets overlooked, not by me or the team, excellent receiver out of the backfield, and I feel like at critical times he's made some critical runs that we've needed, either to get into the end zone or to get a key first down. Donald has battled through some injuries. I think he's really had a great experience in his rookie year that he can benefit from. RB Mike Hart has given us some good runs at good times. RB Chad Simpson has popped a few runs. Our running backs, we feel really good about the situation there and the personnel. We're going to need all those guys to play well for us on Saturday."
On K Matt Stover:
"Certainly, a great addition to our team. I would never use the word replace when it comes to K Adam Vinatieri. I think some guys just aren't replaceable. I think you adjust. When Adam got hurt, to be able to sign Matt, who is just the ultimate professional, truly has been a great addition to our locker room. The team has embraced him well. He has been very solid for us on the field. He's been in a lot of high pressure situations. He's the same everyday, whether it's warming up before the game or kicking a clutch field goal, and you like having a guy like that as a veteran on your team."
On OLB Terrell Suggs:
"He's an outstanding player. He's a smart player, and I think he's an excellent pass rusher, but he's athletic enough that they drop him back in coverage and have him cover tight ends and running backs. Much like us when one of our top players doesn't play, I think you're always better when you have your top veteran players. They are certainly a better team with him out on the field."
On LB Ray Lewis:
"It's a great challenge playing against Ray Lewis. You can see how hard he prepares. You can see that in the way that he plays. I'm not there in practice with him everyday, but I can just (imagine). He does a lot of film study. He communicates with those guys. They've got some younger linebackers, you can tell he takes those guys underneath his wing. The problem is there are 10 other guys around him that I think are good players, too. I mentioned Ed Reed, I think (S-Dawan) Landry is a good player, (CB Domonique) Foxworth has had a good year. Those guys are solid upfront. They are stingy against the run. It's the whole defense that you have to worry about, but playing against Lewis presents a great challenge."
On rookies having to step up in the postseason:
"There's no question. I kind of do believe in that rule that you are not really a rookie anymore at this point in the season. Those guys have played a lot of football games, (WR Pierre) Garcon, (OL Kyle) DeVan, (WR Austin) Collie, (RB Donald) Brown, (DB Jacob) Lacey on defense. I'm forgetting about some guys. It will be good to get (DB Jerraud) Powers back, who has been injured. There is no question that the experience they have gained has been invaluable. You almost feel like they are in their second season, if you will. There is no question that we don't treat them like rookies. We don't really say, ‘Hey, they are going to play like young guys.' We expect them to play like veteran players, and I feel that they will and I think they'll be ready to go on Saturday."
On OL Kyle DeVan:
"It's a great story. It's one of many not real popular NFL stories of how a guy's career and life can change over one year. I think C Jeff (Saturday) can relate, being an undrafted guy, having a job as a rookie and then going on to be one of the top NFL centers. Kyle has been one of our hardworking guys. He has a great attitude. I think he loves football. It always makes you feel good, as an older player, seeing a young guy like that, once you learn a little bit about his story and how he got to that point, it does make you feel good about it. We'll count on him in a big way on Saturday to play well for us, and I know he'll do a good job."
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