HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments) Thursday, November 1, 2007
"I thought we had a good day yesterday getting ready, the type of day we needed. It looks like we're going to have good weather today and be outside again, so that will be good for us. We're preparing and getting ready."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on what he views as the key matchups) Thursday, November 1, 2007
"I don't know if this game is really about individual matchups. I think you're going to have to play well in all areas. I think the special teams will be critical. They got a couple of good kickoff returns on us last year, and they're doing well in that area again. I think in close games, special teams and field position are always important, so I think that will be part of it if we can keep their returners under control and see if we can do a good job returning. And I think protecting the quarterback, on both sides. Both teams do it very well. The quarterbacks are tough to get to. We're a little different, we don't blitz that much. They have a lot of different people that you have to pick up and keep away from your quarterback. So I think that will be the challenge for both teams."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the defensive line making it a priority this year to play the run better) Thursday, November 1, 2007
"I don't know that we've had necessarily a philosophical change, but just the way people have played us, and we've gotten more runs and we've gotten more runs in passing situations. We probably are a little bit more aware of it, but our style hasn't really changed too much. I think we're just doing a better job of being where we're supposed to be."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the media attention about the Patriots running up the score on opponents) Thursday, November 1, 2007
"Everybody has their perception. I think people's job as a coach is to put your team in position to win. That's what you get judged on. Everybody does it differently. I think that's what you have to judge at the end of the day. They're getting themselves ready to go and getting ready to try to make the playoffs. We're doing the same thing. I think every team in the league is. Everybody has an opinion. I think that's what makes football fun."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on WR-Reggie Wayne's numbers and if that can be attributed to Marvin Harrison being banged up or his development as a receiver) Thursday, November 1, 2007
"I think maybe a little bit of both. Reggie has gotten better every year that I've been here. He has developed into a really, really good player. The fact that Marvin has been out a little bit probably gives he and Dallas (Clark) a chance to get more balls. We've done more things with them, moving them around trying to make up for Marvin being out. But I just think Reggie's improving every year and he's a quality receiver."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if it's a better situation being chased in the division or being like New England and almost having it clinched this early in the season) Thursday, November 1, 2007
"That's a tough question. I think from our standpoint you always wa