Jim Caldwell: Our Veterans Keep Us In Line

August 11, 2009 – 8:15 am by Tas Melas

The meaningless games have barely begun and I’ve already had enough.  For some reason, I hate the NFL’s preseason the most of any professional league.  I’ve thought about it, and the only reason I can come up with is that I look forward to each and every Sunday during the regular season more than any day in the baseball, basketball, or hockey calendar.  So, to hear that the Colts are playing this Sunday, and then realize that their starters may only play for a quarter, well, makes me wanna go Lawrence Taylor on someone.  That being said, I am looking forward to seeing what Jim Caldwell can do with his first season as Indianapolis’ head coach.  Will it be a smooth transition?  It definitely seems like it at this point.  Caldwell joined JMV on WNDE in Indianapolis to discuss the benefit of having so many veterans, changes on the field this season, how he loves the fanfare of current day camp, and where he feels his team his at right now.

On where the Colts are at this point of training camp:

“We feel we’re right on schedule.  In fact, the great thing about it is that we have a number of veterans that do a great job of setting a terrific tone, and they’ve been doing a great job of keeping things in line.  We haven’t had a whole bunch of mistakes, we’ve had some, we’ve got a lot of work to do, but I think we’re moving along just fine.”

What will be different about the Colts this season?

“In two phases, I think you’ll see some slight variations.  A quantum change in terms of our special teams – Ray Rychleski is running our special teams now, so that’s a wholesale change, terminology, verbiage, strategy, the whole bit.  Our defensive scheme has not changed – we still have our basic 4:3 defense and based out of a cover 2 – but Larry Coyer is a bit more, kind of an aggressive style, so he’s gonna add a few wrinkles… Well, it may be the wrong choice of words ’cause our defense has always been highly aggressive in running to the football, but just in terms of scheme, where we probably didn’t blitz very much, we may come after teams just depending on the week, a little more than what fans have seen previously.”

On all the fans attending training camp:

“I think it’s a good thing; the guys enjoy it.  It certainly gives us an opportunity to make certain that they get focused because obviously it’s easy to get distracted when you have a lot of people out there and they’re making noise and those kind of things.  It’s great for us; we love to have the fans here because they get the opportunity to get close to our players.  Our fan base has been tremendous, and particularly down here.  I think people who made not ordinarily get to see us play can come out and visit with the players, and get autographs and things of that nature, so we enjoy this setting.”

Listen to Jim Caldwell on WNDE in Indianapolis with JMV

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