TENNESSEE *TITANS VS. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS POST-GAME QUOTES 12/28/08 *
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening statement) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"A little different feel than last year and a different situation. I told the team last night that every game has it's own identity. No matter how the games played out this year we've been able to find a way this last eight weeks to win them. It was the same thing today. We played well and we wanted to get off to a fast start with our first group and we did. Obviously they didn't have the incentive, like a playoff game. We had the whole crowd and a few things we were trying to reach individually and I think that carried us through. I was proud of our guys, the way they played, battling back, winning nine straight to go into the playoffs. It's good and now we have to sit back and see who we play and when we play. But I like where we are and I think we'll be ready next week where ever we have to go."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on letting players set individual records) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"As a former player, when guys have worked hard and they're within reach of things that really are meaningful to them, you'd like to see them get the chance to get it. And you have to keep in mind the team goals and the injuries and those kind of things. But I think it was good. We had a number of guys that had a chance to get some things and they worked hard and got them. I'm glad we were able to."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on WR-Marvin Harrison moving up to 2nd in all time receiving yards) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"It's been great watching him and coaching him and he's been phenomenal and it's well deserved. I coached Chris Carter and saw the work that he put in to get to that. Marvin passed him and it was very fitting."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on getting 12 wins for six consecutive years) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"Our guys wanted that. They really did. We talked about that all week. Something that hadn't been done before in the league, showing that consistency. And I think the guys that have been here the whole time, Raheem (Brock), Dwight (Freeney), Peyton (Manning), Marvin (Harrison), Reggie (Wayne), Hunter Smith. It meant a lot to them. They kind of carried the load at practice and set a great tempo. And our veteran guys knew they weren't going to play the whole way they wanted to win it. And it was important that they went out and got it."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the Titans beating the Colts the last two times they played) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"Obviously this game, if we play them again, this game isn't going to mean a whole lot. There wasn't much riding on it. You always want to come out and play well, you want to defend your home turf. And the fact that they had beaten us the last two... It feels good to win."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on momentum gained from the win) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"It was good. That was the plan from the get go. The main goal was to get the win today. I really didn't like what happened at the end of last year. We had the same situation and just didn't play as well as a team. Pretty good team effort today by all parts. We got a touchdown on the first drive and started making some substitutions and young guys came in, in different spots. Running backs did a good job and some of those young linemen did a good job. Defensively having the shutout is nice."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on the individual accolades achieved today) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"I always like to help other players achieve some goals. There is no question that for me personally I wanted Dallas and Marvin to break those records. Marvin's career, it's hard to put it into short words. He has been so consistent his entire career so it's nice to have that record broken at home. Dallas, breaking John Mackey, one of the all time great Colts and great tight ends of all time, to break that record; definitely Dallas' best year as a Colt and he has had a bunch of great years. It was nice for both of those two guys."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on Jim Sorgi's performance) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"I was kind of in his ear the whole game calling the plays into him. We were huddling which is something that is a little different so you kind of call plays a little differently when you huddle. Jim did a good job. We threw it a good bit, got him some good experience and they (Tennessee) were still blitzing, playing seven or eight man fronts depending on what our formation was. So it's not like they were just sitting back. They were blitzing and so some of the proper reads were to throw the ball and then obviously in the second half we did a good job running the ball."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on being ready for the playoffs) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"Like I said, we have no choice. We need to have a good week of practice. We'll find out tonight who we are playing. I think the biggest key during our win streak is we have had that good preparation. So the main focus now is having a good week of practice."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on winning 12 games in six consecutive seasons) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"You don't take for granted winning football games. To win twelve games this year, especially being 3-4, is a testament to our players and our coaches for grinding away, continuing to work and staying together. Obviously we want to keep it going."
QB-JIM SORGI (on his comfort level) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"I had my whole family here and my son here for the first time. He must be our good luck charm. I really felt comfortable out there. My goal was to go out there and look comfortable, even if I wasn't."
QB-JIM SORGI (on Peyton as play caller) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"He was good on the sidelines. He called some great plays. He got me in some great situations. You expect that from him. He is the best quarterback in the NFL. Hopefully, I did him justice today running the plays that he called."
QB-JIM SORGI (on Clark's and Harrison's record-setting catches) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"It's great to be part of Colts' and NFL history. They might not ever ask them who threw the balls that they caught for the records, but I will always know 50 years from now that it was me. I was happy for those guys. They deserve it. They play hard."
QB-JIM SORGI (on winning) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"It was sweet. When you realize that we won the game, it was a good feeling. This team is on the verge of doing some great things. I think if we get on a roll in here in the playoffs, we'll be good."
RB-JOSEPH ADDAI (on playing in the game) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"It always does something to you when you get on the field. Practice is one thing, but actually playing the game is a whole different experience. For our first group to just go out there and get a couple of plays in, it always feels good. I think just going out there, just getting back to game speed, I think will help us next week."
RB-JOSEPH ADDAI (on scoring a touchdown) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"That always helps. Understanding the situation, understanding that we have a lot of people able to get different records, (WR) Marvin (Harrison) able to get to second all-time (in career receptions), (TE) Dallas (Clark) able to do the single-season (franchise) record (for receiving yards by a TE), (QB) Peyton (Manning) able to get to 4,000 (yards for the season), so going into the game I understood that we were going to pass the ball a lot. Everybody was on the same page."
RB-JOSEPH ADDAI (on winning nine in a row) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"It feels good. You always want to have a good thing going into the playoffs. For both teams the game didn't matter, but it mattered at the same time. Getting wins, I think that just helps our confidence going into the next game."
RB-NAJEH DAVENPORT (on his performance) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"It's nice to be somewhere. Whatever I can do to contribute and keep this gravy train moving. I feel good sitting here with Dom, Chad and Joe and the offensive coaches really taking the time to give me the offense and simplify it for me as far as the learning process. Once you get everything down pat like that it makes it easier to play ball."
TE-DALLAS CLARK (on setting franchise record for most yards receiving by a Colt TE in a single season) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"It's amazing. I thought last year was going to be the best year I was going to have here and I wasn't even close to it. For that to happen, one, health was a big thing with it. You have to be healthy, you have to play all 16 games and I was in there for 15, and tat had a lot to do with it, but it's a tremendous honor."
TE-DALLAS CLARK (on the team's performance) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"When a game doesn't mean anything in the big picture you don't know how things are going to turn out, and it didn't mean anything for them either, but the focus the team had was just outstanding. Everyone just really stepped up and did their job."
OG-JAMEY RICHARD (on whether his touchdown celebration was planned ahead of time) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"Absolutely not. That was off the cuff. As soon as I got up I wasn't thinking of anything else except get out of the pile and put it down. It just kind of happened."
K-ADAM VINATIERI (on scoring 100 points for the 13th consecutive season) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"It's a compliment to the offense. You don't get to do that unless the offense is scoring a lot of points year in and year out. It's a small milestone. There are a lot bigger milestones. Between Marvin and Peyton and 12 wins for six (straight) years, mine is very in sequential."
K-ADAM VINATIERI (on the win) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"It was nice. Everybody went out and played well. We knew some of the starters were not going to play much or at all, and some of the younger guys came in and played real well and the running backs ran the ball hard. It's one game, but getting that last win and going into the playoffs with a win is a good thing for us."
K-ADAM VINATIERI (on the playoffs) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"You can only ask to get in, and we've done well enough and we've played well enough to do that. At this point, there are a handful of teams that have a shot at it. We have to go out there and play well every week. Now, every team that you play is a good team and they deserve to be there, so you have to play a little bit better."
DT-DARRELL REID (on the Playoffs) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"Going into the playoffs, we definitely have a lot to work on especially in our kickoff coverage team. We have taken some steps backwards (in kickoff coverage) toward the end of the season. We'll get that cranked back up. I'll make sure of that."
DT-DARRELL REID (on the Denver and San Diego as potential playoff opponents) Colts vs. Titans Post-Game Quotes 12/28/08
"It doesn't really matter who wins to us. We are happy to be in the playoffs and happy to get this victory today."