INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 02: Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts watches from the sidelines during the NFL preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 2 2010 in Indianapolis Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Colts coach Jim Caldwell (9/8/2010)
On if he was distressed by Gonzalez’ comments on Monday:
Distressed? No. Probably the best way to sum it up would be this: In that locker room we probably have some of the most competitive men in the world that just have an obsessive desire to be on top. If you don’t have that kind of drive you do not last very long in this league, and I think that is something you have to consider. If there was anything in dealing with miscommunication that is strictly my fault. That is one of the things we have to make certain of that we communicate clearly so guys do understand their role. But we have a 53-man roster and it is a 16 game regular season, and that is a long time. Everybody on the team has a role to play, a significant role at that, and we need all 53 men to win. He is one of those men. Even though he may be disappointed about where he is located, I do not think there’s one guy that is happy about being anywhere but No. 1 at his spot. I think he will handle the disappointment like a professional, like he always has and we will be fine.
On Gonzalez returning punts:
He has been working at it and he is a guy that has good ball skills. We know he can certainly do something with the ball once he gets into space. So that is our rational. He’s got good hands, he can see it off the foot and he is good in space.
On the current state of the offensive line's health:
They are getting better. You always have concerns, but in this particular case I just think the guys are working at it, they are getting better and we will just see how it goes. These practices today and tomorrow will give us a pretty good indication of where we are.
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (9/8/2010)
On if he knows what to expect out of the offensive line on Sunday:
I know those guys are going to play hard. We have had some injuries that have kept some guys from playing, but whoever is out there is going to play hard. That room has always had a lot of pride in it and great veteran leadership from Jeff Saturday, Ryan Diem and [Charlie Johnson], so I expect those guys to be ready to fight on Sunday.
On if he is satisfied that they tried to address some concerns that he had with the umpire positioning:
I think all along they kind of admitted that it was a work in progress and they were still tinkering with it. It’s official now, we’ll factor the rule changes in and just go with it.
On the depth in the wide receiving corps:
That’s always been a good problem to have. We have a lot of guys that can make a play for us, and we’re going to need all those guys all year. If you look at our history through the years, it’s always been a number of guys that have played important roles in the passing game at receiver, at tight end, at running back and you never know whose day it is going to be. It could be anybody’s day on any day. All those guys are going to play an important role for us. The passing game needs to be productive for us because Houston’s secondary is solid, so it’ll be a challenge getting open on those guys.