- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are some things that were actually said by coaches and coordinators around the divison this week that I can't help but react to...
Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker on the percentage of time he’s calling blitzes: “I’d care not to say for sure, but we do what we think we need to do to get the job done.”
Cynical response: Yeah, this is vital information and sharing it could be ruinous. I mean there is no way the Colts have any idea how often the Jaguars are blitzing. There in no one in Indianapolis who tracks such things.
Colts coach Jim Caldwell on Curtis Painter: “He may not have performed as well as we’d like to see him in the past ball game, but that doesn’t mean that he’s not progressing.”
Cynical response: Caldwell talked about how we only see the tip of the iceberg, because so much of a guy’s progress is made in practices. Since he and Bill Polian won’t be opening those up to Indianapolis reporters any time soon, I’m going to have to go by Sundays. And Sunday, Painter got pulled for Dan Orlovsky. To me, that means he’s not progressing.
Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison on Tampa Bay: "They’ve played some very good teams and they’ve hung in there and they’ve played them tough, so it’s another challenge, a good challenge for us.”
Cynical response: I know San Francisco frequently looks back on Oct. 9th and talks about what great resistance the Buccaneers put up in a 48-3 game.
Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray on Cam Newton: “If you want to win right now, take what he’s been doing for four years and let him go win again. And that’s why I think he looks like the MVP of this league as a rookie. Because there are not many guys out there that are doing what he’s doing right now.”
Cynical response: We’re lucky Gray’s not an MVP voter if he thinks the NFL's 12th-rated passer -- who’s got 11 passing touchdowns, seven rushing touchdowns, nine picks and two wins -- should even be in the conversation.