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News » Indianapolis Colts Notes, Quotes 2009-03-17

Indianapolis Colts Notes, Quotes 2009-03-17

Indianapolis Colts Notes, Quotes 2009-03-17
--Indianapolis Colts Executive Vice President Bob Terpening will retire from the organization on June 1. Terpening, whose affiliation with the Colts dates back to 1970, has served in numerous personnel positions during his tenure. He played a key administrative role in the club's fortunes that included divisional titles in 1987, 1999 and from 2003 to 2007.

--First-year quarterbacks coach Frank Reich thinks his role of working with Peyton Manning mirrors what he did as a long-time backup to Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly in Buffalo.

"I still think I'm going to have to prove myself day in and day out. The fact that I've played for a number of years and had a little bit of success, certainly has helped me get here. But just proving it every day on the field and in the meeting room is really where it's going to be at. One of the things I appreciate about Peyton, he has a great respect for this game in general. I really think that's an important part for any NFL player, that you respect the game. I think that Peyton is a model in that regard. In the quarterback fraternity, you respect the guys that have played your position. Many people say it's the hardest position to play in professional sports."

--Reich has quickly made the move up the NFL coaching ladder from training camp intern in 2007 to assistant quarterbacks coach last season to now, taking over the role that current Colts head coach Jim Caldwell has had for the past several seasons.

"When I came here as an intern to do the training camp thing, sure you're thinking in the back of your mind the perfect scenario would be to do an internship then hook on to an entry-level quality control position then work your way up to be a position coach. Honestly, the way things worked out, it could not have gone any better on many fronts. First of all, organizationally this is just a great place to work for. Secondly, having an opportunity to work for two great head coaches obviously in Tony Dungy and Jim (Caldwell), and, thirdly, as a quarterbacks coach you get to work with Peyton Manning. I'm very thankful for those opportunities."

--New special teams coach Ray Rychleski talked about the differences between coaching on the collegiate level and in the NFL. This is his first NFL coaching job. "Football is football," Rychleski said. "I really do believe that. The biggest change is in the rules, and I'm definitely a rules guy. There are some different rules in the NFL compared to the college level. Actually, one of the NFL rules has come back to the college level for on-side kicks. A few years ago in the NFL, you could put as many guys on one side (of the kicker) as you wanted to, where in college you could only put six on one and four on another. Actually, the NFL has come back to that rule the colleges had. Another rule is on the punt team. Only two guys can go at the snap of the ball, where as in college, everybody can go if you wanted to. I think that's the biggest difference making sure of being up on the rules and how they affect the special teams as well as the overall game."

--Assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Clyde Christensen on what his new duties with the Colts will include: "Game day, I think it will be exactly the same thing (as he has done before). I think (head coach Jim Caldwell) may give me some different responsibilities on game day as far as just feeding him some information. I do think it's kind of a feeding-him-some-information type of thing. He may give me three things to get done. You know, 'Hey, let's have a discussion on this.' How much are people practicing in pads?' Then I will research that for him and do some of the legwork for him, just where we can have discussion on different topics that are out-of-the-box type of topics."

--Former Indianapolis Colts WR Troy Walters was recently named as the new offensive coordinator at Indiana State University. It's Walters' first full-time coaching job of any kind. He had done a coaching internship with NFL Europe during his time with the Colts. Walters also played with the Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I know as time goes on those things become a lot easier after you go through the first year or two. That's what I'm going through right now, although I think I am a little different than maybe a first-year head coach in this league because we didn't have to make a bunch of wholesale staff changes. I have a fairly decent feel for our building and the inner workings of it -- our owner, our general manager

Author:Fox Sports
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Added: March 17, 2009

Matt Giordano Name: Matt Giordano
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Age: 25
Experience: 4 years
College: California
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