8-14 Training Camp Quotes Tony Dungy

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the morning’s practice) Training Camp “We had a good start to our preparation. This afternoon we will have a second practice, which we haven’t had many of, where we are trying to really get some things accomplished and work on Atlanta.

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on the morning's practice) Training Camp

"We had a good start to our preparation. This afternoon we will have a second practice, which we haven't had many of, where we are trying to really get some things accomplished and work on Atlanta. We've got a lot of guys that are only practicing once a day, so it will be incumbent on our young guys to really step it up this afternoon. We will see how we respond, but overall it's been a pretty good week. I think we've been a little more focused than last week, and we would expect to come out and play a little bit better."

 

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the offensive line) Training Camp

"We're coming together, getting our new right guards incorporated into things and trying to pick up where we left off last year with the other guys. The big thing for our whole offense, we just have to shoot for a little more consistency and be sharp every time we go out there, whether it's five plays or 15 plays or whatever. We plan on playing them a little bit longer in this game to give them a little more chance to develop that continuity."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if small-school players have to get rid of the "awe" of camp) Training Camp

"That's part of it. And then, there's just a little higher level of competition, a little more sophistication in what you're doing. Some guys make the jump and handle it really well. (WR) Pierre (Garcon) has picked things up and done a good job."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on DE Curtis Johnson saying there were more people at a practice in Terre Haute than at his games at Clark College) Training Camp

"That's one thing that you do find with some of those small-school guys. It kind of amazes you when a guy will come up to you after practice and say, 'I think this is the biggest crowd I've ever played in front of,' and you realize where they've come from. For the most part, they know it's football, it's a 100-yard field and they are doing what they do for the most part. Curtis and (WR) Pierre (Garcon) have done a good job of that."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if the team will flip QBs Quinn Gray and Jared Lorenzen again against Atlanta) Training Camp

"I think we probably will. I haven't talked to (associate head coach) Jim Caldwell yet, but that was our thought process going into this whole year, that we would do that. Those guys have done a good job and been ready when called on."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the injuries to DBs Bob Sanders and Melvin Bullitt) Training Camp

"It gives the other guys a chance to show what they can do. Melvin has practiced well. He's doing what he needs to do on the practice field. We may get him in some playing time against Buffalo (Aug. 24). He's getting a smaller cast and splint every week, so it's coming along and he's doing a good job of just hanging in there mentally."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on RBs Kenton Keith and Chad Simpson) Training Camp

"They're doing well. All of our backs have done what we hoped. It's going to be a tough call because all those guys do a little bit of something different, but they are all playing well."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he has any concern the six PUP players will not be ready for the season opener) Training Camp

"Not really any concern. Everybody's on the schedule we thought they would be on. I think several of those guys will probably be back at the start of next week. (QB) Peyton (Manning) and (OG) Ryan Lilja are the question marks, but it was always that way going in, so we'll see what happens. Right now, everybody's where we thought they would be."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how much of a boost it will be to drop those guys into practice three weeks in) Training Camp

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