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Colts TE Dallas Clark Conference Call

(on keeping the win streak alive week after week)

We try not to look at a streak or anything like that. We are just trying to focus each week at a time and breaking it down that way and just try to improve from week to week. Each week there just seems like there is always something else to work on and try to improve on. It is just kind of a constant battle to just try to keep improving each week. We have been fortunate enough to pull out some games here and having to rally to win. You know that is good.

(on whether their team references the game against the Titans earlier this year or if he looks at it as they are facing a different team)

You definitely look at it. You definitely don't sell out to one thing because with Tennessee they're a lot healthier this game than they were back then, defensively anyways. I don't know about the rest of the team. They have their corners back and things like that. They probably will be able to do a little bit more just personnel-wise having a few more guys that can play for them. We definitely have to prepare for things like that.

(on how many times Keith Bulluck has had him in coverage and what it is like facing him)

Every now and then it will happen, but it is never something that they sell out to or anything like that, like a nickel back would or something like that. There are times that they will be in two-man and they will get him on the tight end. He is very good. He has been around a while and he is very smart and very savvy. He knows how to read things really well. It is a great challenge for any tight end to go against him because he has been around the block a few times and you are not going to fool him too easily.

(on who has covered him in recent meetings)

It has been a while. Every now and then the nickel back. They haven't gone to anything we have seen in the past few weeks, with like a New England or Baltimore where they just have a nickel guy over me. They don't really do that a whole lot. It is nothing where it is going to be a big matchup between me and one of their guys. They mix it up with down and distance and where the ball is at and all that stuff. They stick to their game plan. They don't make a lot of adjustments towards a player here or a player there.

(on if Joseph Addai is rated unfairly compared to other feature backs that are asked to do more)

He is a very good back and we have a type of offense that is kind of this whole scheme. When you kind of play in this system, you kind of know what is going to happen. Joe has been a great player for us and has just done really well with the ball and making a lot of plays. I think the last couple of weeks he has done really well just making plays for us and making first downs and definitely has helped our offense.

(on the offense succeeding with young receivers like Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon)

There are a lot of factors, I think Peyton (Manning) has a lot to do with it. I think that is a big factor just making sure everyone is on the same page and really working with them during practice and having great communication with them and getting them on the same page as him. Also, it is a credit to those guys, to Pierre and Austin. Pierre had the luxury of last year, playing as a practice squad type player and sitting back and kind of going out there practicing every day and getting better, but also sitting back on game day and watching Reggie (Wayne) and Marv (Marvin Harrison) do their thing. For a guy like Austin to come in as a rookie, he has done a fabulous job and has really taken it upon himself to make sure he knows what is going on. He has worked very hard. He has made mistakes that is for sure and that is expected from any rookie, but what is good to see is that he has been making some big plays for us as well. You are not going to be perfect, but as long as you just keep working hard and not getting too frustrated or get too discouraged, you will be just fine. He has done exactly that.

(on feedback he heard after Jeff Fisher put on the Peyton Manning jersey)

I saw that on the TV. That was hilarious. I hope he didn't get too ridiculed for it because he is a tremendous coach. I would hope that the Titans fans know exactly where his heart is and where his agenda is and all that. I think things like that when you talk about charities, I think it is great for players and coaches to kind of show their personality. I think it is a chance to really support causes as people and not as players or coaches. I think that lightened the atmosphere, especially with Coach (Tony) Dungy being there. I thought it was brilliant.

(on if he would see Jim Caldwell in a Vince Young jersey)

You never know if he is introducing Coach Fisher or something like that. You never know. I think some people have to look at that and bring it into their bags of tricks.

(on if the team gave Peyton Manning any grief regarding the incident)

Not too much. I think everyone here was kind of under the same impression and just thought it was a funny gesture. I don't think we took it too overboard with it.

(on the question he gets the most about Peyton Manning outside the complex)

Being around here for seven years, you have been asked pretty much every question. It is tough to really narrow them down. I don't know. They range from everything. Everyone wants to know more about him. It ranges from anything and everything. I think the most popular question is that they are always asking about him whether it is this or that. That is the number one question. It is not going to be about Reggie (Wayne). It is not going to be about the defense. It is going to be about Peyton. That is something you get used to.

(on the love/hate relationship fans in Tennessee have for Peyton Manning)

I think it is with all great respect on both levels. I think it is great for the game in college. I think it is great for the game in the NFL. When you are a college kid and you go to the next level, you have no say on where you are going and how that thing falls, you never know. For that to happen like that, to have the rival in the same state as your alma mater, that is the way it works. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there that kind of have it the same way, but with Peyton it is on a different stage and different level obviously. People have to dig deep down in their roots and find out where they are loyal at. Is it the Volunteers or is it the Titans? That is their decision that they need to make.

(on winning the division with five weeks to play)

You never know how it is going to be. You obviously want to do it and once you do accomplish that goal you really don't care how it is done or when it is done. You are just happy that you are able to accomplish your first goal. It is one of those things where sometimes it is the last week, sometimes it is Week 13 or whenever. We are just happy that we were able to accomplish that goal and put ourselves in a good situation.

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