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Caldwell: We'll prepare as if we're playing Sunday

Colts head coach Jim Caldwell met with the media Monday for the first time as AFC Champion. He’s quickly changed gears into Super Bowl preparation mode, and says he plans to do most of his gameplanning this week.

“We’re going to try to get our guys prepared as quickly as we possibly can,” Caldwell said.  “That’s our intent, we’re going to prepare this week as if we’re playing them Sunday.”

Having experienced Super Bowl week once, the Colts know what a time commitment their media obligations will be next week.  The team will practice Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday this week.  They will travel down to South Florida on Monday.

Caldwell said he celebrated the victory over dinner with his parents and 17-18 others while watching the NFC game.  And then he got back to work. Learning a little more about Caldwell is one of the storylines we’re looking forward to in Miami.

We haven’t heard from the Saints yet Monday, but Sean Payton’s staff is among the few people actually working in New Orleans Monday.

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27 Responses to “Caldwell: We'll prepare as if we're playing Sunday”
  1. Chapnasty2 says: Jan 25, 2010 2:13 PM

    What Caldwell meant to say is: “Peyton will continue to prepare the team while I do nothing, like I have all season and get the credit for it. I learned this from Tony Dungy”

  2. Dawgsfan1980 says: Jan 25, 2010 2:15 PM

    Interesting that no african-american coaches had made it to the super bowl prior to 2007….
    Now 4 in the last 3 years.
    I’m sure it’s all because of the Rooney Rule…..

  3. dowens11 says: Jan 25, 2010 2:16 PM

    I think that before the SB coin toss, Pierre Thomas and Pierre Garcon should stand mid-field, donning white gloves, and one should slap the other with one of the gloves, and say “I challenge you to a duel!” in a french accent. Just a thought

  4. Chapnasty2 says: Jan 25, 2010 2:25 PM

    @ Dawgs
    I will say that the only attributed to the actual coach was the Bears and Lovie Smith. Tomlin took Cowhers team and Dungy and Caldwell rode in on the tail of Peyton Manning. I assure you the Rooney Rule had nothing to do with it.

  5. realitypolice says: Jan 25, 2010 2:27 PM

    dowens11 says:
    January 25, 2010 2:16 PM
    I think that before the SB coin toss, Pierre Thomas and Pierre Garcon should stand mid-field, donning white gloves, and one should slap the other with one of the gloves, and say “I challenge you to a duel!” in a french accent. Just a thought.
    Awesome. Or maybe they could just surrender to each other.
    This has to be our first two-Pierre super bowl, yes?

  6. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Jan 25, 2010 2:28 PM

    I am thinking we are going to get way more Archie Manning than anyone really wants….. As the big game gets closer, the Archie coverage will increase. I wouldnt be surprised to see him as an honorary captain, or maybe the guy who performs the coin toss……..

  7. 4ever19 says: Jan 25, 2010 2:30 PM

    So it was Peyton and not Coach Caldwell who brought in a new defensive coordinator, who revamped the defense so that it could shut down two of the best running games in the NFL in successive weeks? Hmm. Maybe he isn’t overpaid after all.

  8. The Real Shuxion says: Jan 25, 2010 2:31 PM

    So wait, that means they won’t prepare as if they are playing in 2 weeks.
    Speaking for everyone not in Indy….Go Saints.

  9. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Jan 25, 2010 2:32 PM

    I like the way dowens11 thinks.

  10. phailing101 says: Jan 25, 2010 2:35 PM

    Caldwell has had a monumental impact on the team. They are a very humbled group this year.
    Watching all the post-game interviews, the consistent message was “Great win but we need to get ready for New Orleans”. The celebrations were minimal.
    Hell, Peyton didn’t even care enough to lift the AFC championship trophy above his head! He just nodded and handed it off.

  11. johnnyhandsome13 says: Jan 25, 2010 2:40 PM

    I agree Dawg. This is what happens when you force the good ol boys to put away the racist shackles and give everyone a chance. It is now obvious BLACK coaches are superior.

  12. JoeSixPack says: Jan 25, 2010 2:40 PM

    I’m pulling for the Colts. It will be fun to hear all the Colts fans lament that they purposefully passed up the chance to make history as the first 19-0 team.
    Even if they win, they lose.

  13. redsquare says: Jan 25, 2010 2:41 PM

    Yes, let’s be realistic–the only Colts coach that matters is Peyton Manning. Dungy’s never had real success without him, and with a rookie head coach, loads of injuries, and a new batch of receivers, somehow they’re even better this year. Think Caldwell did that?
    If no one gives, say, Barry Switzer any credit for the Cowboys last SB win, and he had prior championship head coaching experience, then what business does Caldwell have getting credit?
    Peyton. Manning. End of story.

  14. slipkid says: Jan 25, 2010 2:43 PM

    “I fart in your general direction, Pierre”

  15. johnnyhandsome13 says: Jan 25, 2010 2:43 PM

    I agree Dawg. This is what happens when you force the good ol boys to put away the racist shackles and give everyone a chance. It is now obvious BLACK coaches are superior.

  16. pubobby2004 says: Jan 25, 2010 2:45 PM

    the Rooney rule is a joke. aren’t we supposed to be oblivious to the element of race? the rest of us aren’t guaranteed any interviews because of the color of our skin. just be the best candidate and you’ll get the job. winning is too important in this league, and in business in general to make your choice based on anything other than bona fide qualifications.

  17. ItMustBeJJ says: Jan 25, 2010 3:00 PM

    The Real Shuxion says:
    January 25, 2010 2:31 PM
    So wait, that means they won’t prepare as if they are playing in 2 weeks.
    Speaking for everyone not in Indy….Go Saints.
    …..Jets fan

  18. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 25, 2010 3:04 PM

    How did this turn into another discussion of the Rooney Rule?
    Agreed on dowens. Great idea.

  19. DeBoe says: Jan 25, 2010 3:24 PM

    Kind of the same argument in Minnesota this past year. Brett Favre was the real coach. Chilly got the credit and the nice extension.
    Favre goes out and throws that bad pick which would cost the Vikes the NFC championship, and Chilly has still got his nice deal. You live by Favre and you die by Favre. Peyton Manning is the better QB & Coach than Favre.

  20. eph521 says: Jan 25, 2010 3:26 PM

    I’ve lived in Indy 30+ years… and think I have a good pulse on the team, like most fans do for their hometown team.
    To say that Caldwell doesn’t deserve credit for what this team has accomplished … well, that pisses me off.
    You may not notice “it” on the outside… not be able to recognize the small, subtle changes he’s made… and perhaps you’re blind to the bigger, more in-your-face changes he made (think new D Coord)…
    Manning is an all-time great. And Caldwell is a damn good coach (better than Dungy IMO). Believe it or not – both of these things are possible and can co-exist.

  21. Adam says: Jan 25, 2010 3:34 PM

    Jets got beat by both of them, but Saints KILLED the Giants too…not sure who to root for, leaning towards Colts.

  22. Cornerdenizen says: Jan 25, 2010 3:48 PM

    @Chapnasty ( and all the other bitter little white bitches)
    Wow. So Florio didnt even have to dangle the raw meat known as the all evil “Rooney Rule,” to get all the racist dogs to come front and center. Since you brought it up..
    You don’t have to acknowledge that black men are capable of anything that you are. We all understand that guys like you are easily threatened by anyone or anything that isnt exactly like you and that doesnt reflect your hateful, simplistic world. But come on..
    Peyton Manning is great. But he didn’t overhaul the defensive coaching staff and improve the special teams.
    If it was all Peyton Manning, then the Colts would have won the Super Bowl while Jim Mora was coach, wouldnt they?
    I guess that means Joe Montana did it all by himself. Bill Walsh? Shit. He had nothing to do with it.

  23. anothersteelerfan1 says: Jan 25, 2010 4:01 PM

    This will be my first post on here. I’ve been following for a while now and I hate that racism seems to divide people on here a lot. My take on it is Tony Dungy did have success before coming to Indy with Tampa. I know people can’t stand him because of this “I do everything right” demeanor that he has. Peyton Manning didn’t have much success before Dungy. They won the championship together with Dungy’s and Manning’s leadership along with Moore and his philosophy.
    Tony Dungy was an excellent coach. Caldwell must have accomplished something since their season was basically in disarray before training camp started this year. Manning was basically pissed calling for the front office to do something.
    Mike Tomlin brought something to Pitt after a previous disappointing year. I would say that was Cowher’s team though but he brought something to us to get us over that hump. Gruden took a Tampa Bay team that had a Dungy like defense (Dungy’s Defense) and won the championship. It’s always a combination of things that win championships along with some pure luck. Sometimes a little change is all you need no matter what color they may be. Quit being so racist.

  24. dowens11 says: Jan 25, 2010 4:50 PM

    I like that some folks agreed with how to start out the SB! Hahahaha, I love this site, EVEN THOUGH: the writers tend to sensationalize (what media outlet doesn’t), some of the posters are such homers you’d think they’re on their teams payroll, and some of the insults and trash talk come off as cowardice or immaturity. All in all, this is heaven during football season, and I’ve realized since coming to PFT for the past 4 years that you miss the constant updates that go on in season.
    So I say to the inaugural 2 – Pierre Championship Showdown, Sacrebleu! (sp.) Hahahaha!
    Dear God:
    Please allow Mr. Al Davis to be hit by a bus. I hope he emerges instantly from the “accident” unscathed but with an epiphany that his distance from the Raiders is the best medicine.
    Thank you football lord.
    Your humble/faithful fan,

  25. slipkid says: Jan 25, 2010 8:46 PM

    frankly, i wish obama would quit saying he was fighting for me cause he isnt. since all his kind voted for him, lets stop all this racist white people criticism. what about you people? you are the ones who commit all the interracial crime. and vote for the commie racist obamasama.
    read up on it.
    from what i have seen, manning coaches the colts.
    and lebeau and arians coach the steelers. ben totally emasculated tomlin when tomlin tried to fire arians.
    and nobody coaches the freakin bears. or bucs. no. body.
    marvin lewis takes years off between decent DCs.
    i will give coach pants on the ground some credit. if we hated the same enemy, i could follow him into combat.
    despite that, black HCs dont make halftime or in-game adjustments worth a damn. remember ray rhodes and dennis green? discipline? forget that.
    facts. are. stubborn. things.

  26. Adam says: Jan 26, 2010 3:14 AM

    Peyton killed the Jets. He and Caldwell were very classy and spoke extremely well of Sanchez and the defense.
    It might be “destiny” for the Saints to win, but…Peyton’s not gonna let that happen. Caldwell knows what he’s doing, even if he’s a puppet.

  27. BigEasy says: Jan 26, 2010 6:54 AM

    Does this mean Caldwell will hold the majority of starters out of practice?

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