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The Quote Machine: 2010 Colts Training Camp, Day Six

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (8/6/2010)

On offensive line coach Pete Metzelaars:

I think it’s certainly early to answer a question like that. You’re talking about a guy who was here 12 years and a guy who’s been the offensive line coach for a couple months now. I have to say though I think it is kind of a one, two punch. You know Ron Prince who is the assistant offensive line coach is going to kind of play a role, and Coach Caldwell has given him and Pete certain kind of assignments and I think the two of them together is going to be different. Anytime you have a different coach in any capacity there’s going to be a change there, but I think the lineman are getting used to working with those two. I know I certainly am and it’s up to the players to make it work. We still have to do what the coaches tell us to do, but those guys are into it and working hard. It’s a great opportunity for them and it’s important for us to make that transition work.

On change of offensive coordinator:

Like I said, you can’t say it will be the same because it’s a different guy calling the plays, different guy running the meetings every day, and Clyde’s been extremely involved in the past year in our office. He’s really been in charge of our third down and red zone, so Tom (Moore) has given Clyde a lot of freedom and has given him the ability to have input. Now that Clyde will be calling the plays it will be different, but he’s ready for this opportunity and Tom’s going to be here as a resource for him, but it will be Clyde’s show. Once again it’s up to the players. The players have to go out there and execute the offense. If the players can’t go out and complete a third-down conversion, you can’t say it’s the offensive coordinator’s fault. The players have to go out and do it. It’s always been the players that have to be accountable and go out and do what the coaches tell us to do, but training camp is a great time for the coaches to get to know Clyde as a coordinator and in that leadership role. He’s working hard and all the other coaches have to do their parts as well.

On Commissioner Goodell attending the Blue and White scrimmage:

All I know is we have a scrimmage in the morning. We’re trying to simulate the game. It’s always good to get the feel of the game coming from the sidelines and making those adjustments and that’s really what tomorrow is about. I know we’re going to meet with the commissioner before the scrimmage so we’ll see what he has to say.

Colts running back Joseph Addai (8/5/2010)

On what he is personally trying to accomplish at this camp:

In camp I feel like you have to come in and work on your fundamentals. You start playing football at a young age so you know how to play football, but you work on techniques and along the guys on the side of you to gain a relationship. You want to build that togetherness with the players and that’s what you have got to do with guys coming in all the time. I think that is the biggest thing, just really getting to know everybody and working on your fundamentals.

On how the offensive line is coming together:

I feel like it is a different attitude. Everybody is trying to get the job done. We all go to the same meetings together. We all have the same game plan. Everybody is trying to get the job done. It is still early. We have a long way to go, but I feel like we are heading in the right direction.

Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney (8/5/2010)

On how good the defesne can be:

The thing is we have been together as a group for a few years now at a lot of the positions. So, that definitely helps out. Whenever you can have guys stay around, stay around the program, then you kind of learn how to do things, and things are working really well right now.

On Bob Sanders:

It is good to see Bob back out there. Bob has a lot of energy and is going to help our team this year.

On practice having a game-like atmosphere:

(It’s) kind of (like a game atmosphere). Other than the fact that they are only cheering for the offense, but it’s all good. (Laughs)