Player Notes and Quotes: May 29

With the Colts busy preparing for the 2009 season, it's time to check in and see how some of your favorite Colts are feeling. Get updates from Dallas Clark, Mike Hart, Marlin Jackson, Donald Brown and more in this feature from Scout.com!

— TE Dallas Clark doesn't expect many changes to the Colts' offensive philosophy with Jim Caldwell now the head coach and Clyde Christensen calling plays.

"Clyde is a great man, great coach. He was the offensive coordinator down in Tampa when they were down there, so it's something he's done before and is comfortable with," Clark said. "He's a great replacement (for Tom Moore), he knows the system and he knows the personnel. He's had some time and been able to watch the team and how it works and I think he'll fit in really well."


— RB Donald Brown said that it didn't take him long to get used to having Peyton Manning as his quarterback. Brown admitted that the "Wow!" factor played itself out rather quickly.

"It already did. He's my teammate now. He's one of the guys," the former University of Connecticut standout admitted recently.

Brown added that his biggest goal right now is to become better acclimated with the Colts' massive offensive playbook.

"All the guys have been helpful. All the running backs have been helpful, Peyton's been helpful, (backup QB Jim) Sorgi's been helpful. All the vets, they've been helping me out," he said. "I've been in my playbook, watching film, just trying to learn the offense as quickly as possible.

"I've been in my playbook, watching film, just trying to learn the offense as quickly as possible."


— DT Ed Johnson, who missed most of the 2008 season after his arrest for speeding and marijuana possession, is happy to be back with the Colts.

"I'm very grateful, just happy to have a chance. I'm happy to be back. Just feeling truly blessed right now," he said. "I've been talking to Coach (Jim) Caldwell on and off since I had left. He was staying in contact with me; I was staying in contact with him. We had a relationship when I was here and he was just checking in to see how I was doing."


— C Jeff Saturday hasn't noticed a big difference on the offensive side of the ball with the possible temporary losses of longtime assistant coaches Tom Moore and Howard Mudd.

"I'll say this, I don't really know exactly what is going on, and so I probably will just defer (to coach Jim Caldwell). I really don't know what the situation is with all the staff changes. I know we have a new defensive coordinator and a new special teams coach," Saturday said.

"But other than that, I dealt with Howard (Mudd) and Tom (Moore) in the preseason stuff already, so while they've been gone for a few weeks, nothing has really changed for me up to this point."

Saturday doesn't foresee many changes to what the Colts do offensively or how the offensive line will be coached whether Moore or Mudd are back or not.

"I don't know exactly what's going to happen or what it's going to like. I'm sure Jim (Caldwell) will make it very clear, but understand from our side, I would not be dealing with coaches right now anyways. I come in and lift, run, do stuff with the strength coaches, and I may spend 10 minutes with a coach talking about different things we're implementing. So it hasn't been anything different for me because it's just been normal business," he said.

"Pete's (Metzelaars) been here maybe four or five years, he's been here with me forever. I know he knows the offense as well as any staff member. He knows football. He played 15, maybe 16 years up in Buffalo and different places around the league. There is definitely not going to be any issue of him not knowing our offense or football, he's as good as they come. As far as him taking over and asserting that role as the guy you look to, that's the only thing that will be different. Over the last couple of years, when you come off the field, you talk to Pete, you talk to Howard (Mudd). He's up on the headset, so he's pretty much communicating with you year round. So there's not going to be a whole lot of difference."


— CB Marlin Jackson and RB Mike Hart missed most of the 2008 season with knee injuries. Despite surgical procedures (for Jackson meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and knee surgery for Hart), they are ahead of schedule in terms of the rehabilitation process.

If they were able to get extended work during the Colts' organized team activities and minicamp, as well as in training camp later this summer, that would be a definite plus. It would mark a seven-month recovery period for a pair of knee injuries that usually take about a year to fully rehab.

"We had good surgeons," Hart joked. "It's just going to mean a lot of hard work. We've got a great staff in our training room that's going to help get us prepared to do something like that."


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