We have, arguably, the greatest quote from Jeff Saturday EVER after the jump. Right now...
Colts head coach Jim Caldwell (8/3/2010)
On Jacques McClendon:
McClendon is a guy who’s obviously strong and athletic, but also extremely smart. He’s a versatile guy so he fits right into our system because of the fact that we have a number of guys who play multiple positions. So he’s getting his feet wet at both center, a little bit of guard as well he can play. So I just think that he’s our kind of guy.
On Kevin Thomas and if he is on PUP or IR:
At this point in time no, but nevertheless he’s been signed. He can’t practice at this point in time because he’s still rehabilitating, and his stats will be made more clear a little bit later.
On Kevin Thomas being on the roster:
That’s correct. Every different time in the year requires different adjustments, so this is one of those.
Colts center Jeff Saturday (8/3/2010)
On when he first got together with Manning:
I remember being nervous as all get out, man. (In ’99) I played mostly guard and I didn’t get to snap with Peyton then, Larry Moore would take all the snaps and occasionally we would get a few snaps. 2000 was when I started playing center with him and from day one on, we clicked.
And, the money quote...
On if you closed your eyes and bent over would you know it was Manning:
Absolutely. There is only one man’s hands that have been back there. That’s the way I look at it. If there is hands under there, they better be his.
On how much longer he will play:
(I’ll play) until they kick me out of here man. They are going to drag me out of here kicking and screaming. Whenever they are done with me they are done with me and until then I am going to keep on strapping it up.
Colts linebacker Gary Brackett (8/12/2010)
On giving advice to Phillip Wheeler on his trying to break through:
I think he came a long way from where he was last year at this time in training camp to where he is now. Obviously playing in those games helped him a lot, but I think he worked at his craft in the offseason and it shows. He is a smarter player and he is more confident whereas before he was out there and would not communicate with you, wouldn’t talk and just kind of lock in. Now he can relax a little bit, make some calls and help out a little bit. It just helps me out a little bit not being able to make all the calls, being able to make one or two and let him make one to the offensive line. The more guys that are out there and can communicate on the same page, the better you are going to be as a defensive team.
On being in pads:
Everyone looks good in shorts and helmets, but when you get the pads it really separates the men from the boys so to speak. It is good to be out there running around and getting hit, hitting people. That’s what football is all about.
On Pat Angerer:
I think he is still a young guy that is still learning the system. There is a lot getting thrown at him. We are a lot more than the three coverages we used to run for five or six years there. We are a little bit more exotic now. It is going to take a little while to learn things, but obviously you can see (it) in him; (he’s) athletic, got some fire in him and can explode as a tackler.
On defensive expectations under second year defensive coordinator Larry Coyer:
Obviously we should develop a little bit more in the system. I think Coach (Tony) Dungy was famous for saying it’s always the second year where you see the players really start to increase as far as their football IQ. I think the same thing with this system. Just learning things, knowing exactly what he wants out of us, and we know how to prepare and go out there and execute the game plan.