Q&A with Colts TE Dallas Clark

Posted Feb. 03, 2010 @ 5:46 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Who dat? Colts TE Dallas Clark isn't really sure, but he said he'd rather not hear the Saints' favorite phrase too often on Sunday. Clark, who had a career-high 100 catches for 1,106 yards in 2009, met with reporters on Wednesday in South Florida and answered questions about the Saints' defense, comparisons regarding the only two head coaches he's had in the pros — Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell — and his evolving role in the Colts' offense.

Q: Are you familiar with the Saints' "Who dat" saying, and do you know what it means?

A: I have heard that. I have no idea what it means. (I have) no reason to care. That's not a good thing, I don't think. I'm sure that's a good thing for them, so hopefully we don't hear it too much. I don't know the story behind what that's about.

Q: How does Jim Caldwell differ from Tony Dungy as a head coach?

A: Yeah, that's been a tough question to answer because they both do a very similar job and yet they're different. It would be easier to answer if it were just a guy who was a little more boisterous or yelled, kind of a yelling coach. They really have a lot of similar manners; their coaching styles are similar yet different. It's really tough to explain. Both of them are just great quality men, great coaches, and you just love playing for them. You just respect the heck out them, and they expect nothing but your best. It's fun to work for a guy like that. There are probably more similarities than differences.

Q: How has Caldwell helped you improve as a player?

A: He's just done a great job of really allowing players to voice their opinions. He is very aware of what's going on and the feel from the team, and he's concerned about it. Anytime we have something, we can go to the captains, and they can go to Coach and get things figured out or change things a little bit. He wants to know; he really wants to make sure that we're fresh, that we're feeling good and all that stuff as a team. So that helps us as players to just be able to really go out on Sundays and just know that we are going to be as fresh as we can be and be ready to go. It's nice to have that from a head coach.

Q: Is it difficult having your involvement in the offense change from week to week?

A: It's not difficult. ... That's the way football is. We don't really get to choose when the ball is thrown to us and all that stuff or when we're going to be open and all that. It's one of those things that you just realize that sooner or later it's going to be your day, it's going to be your time that you're open. ... So you've just got to understand that if you're not getting the ball thrown to you, you're still some way helping everyone else get open or having an effect in the system. You don't want to get too in the tank about it and you don't want to be moping around. It's just one of those things, it just happens. Sure it'd be fun to just go out and catch seven or eight balls every day, but that's not real and you've got to understand that, and I think you do after a certain amount of time. Especially for me, I enjoy where I'm at now. My first two years, you know when I would get two catches, I would be thrilled, so everything else is gravy. It's kind of nice, it's not as hard. For a guy like Reggie (Wayne) he's used to getting the ball a lot, so it might be difficult for a guy like that. Plus he's a receiver, that's his job. I think we're all professionals and we all kind of understand. At the end of the day as long as you're winning, that's all that really matters. If you're losing, then it'd be a little harder. You want to help the team win and you want to be involved. Really, I think that you have a good understanding that it's not a bad thing.

Q: What are your impressions of the Saints' defense?

A: They can do a lot of different things. They have a good group of guys that can make plays, and they have a nose for the ball. Those safeties and those corners, when that ball is thrown, they come down with a lot of them. They pose a lot of threats with their different looks and different schemes of bringing different people and bringing pressure from different ways with different people. It changes, so you really don't know what's going to happen, how they're going to play it, so it's one of those things you just prepare for a lot of different things and different looks. Just kind of get a feel of how the game is going to go on and just kind of judge from there. They are not that vanilla team, 4-3 lineup you know where they are going to be. They've got a lot of different looks. So it'll be interesting to see. They always have a wrinkle there for different teams, so I am sure they will have something that we haven't seen before and we've just got to adjust.

Q: Has the Saints' success in forcing turnovers on defense surprised you?

A: No, I mean I don't think so. They have a lot of good veterans, a lot of smart players on the defense. I am sure that with a system like that, in my opinion, I am assuming that any defensive player from bringing in a guy who's going to apply a lot of pressure, bringing on blitzes. That's when defenders get excited, when they're going to start blitzing. So I am sure they have really appreciated and enjoyed that defense because they can fly around and raise a lot of havoc.


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