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Head Coach Tony Dungy - Jan 12

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments) “Okay, since I spoke to you guys last at lunch yesterday we have had one practice and made it through pretty well.

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments)

"Okay, since I spoke to you guys last at lunch yesterday we have had one practice and made it through pretty well.   A lot of our guys that we were concerned about did well, Ryan Diem practiced the whole way and did fine, Corey Simon was good, and probably the only negative we had coming out of it was Kelvin Hayden spraining an ankle. He is not going to be able to practice today, but we will see how he is by the end of the week.  Ben Utecht is going to be back at practice today and feels a little bit better.  All in all, it was a pretty good day.  We were not quite as sharp as we would have liked to have been, but I think that will come as the week progresses and as we get more work in.  But, overall, I think we are in pretty good shape."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if the Colts practice well Wednesday, Thursday and Friday it is a sign of a good performance come Sunday)

"It is on the right track.  We practiced hard and practice tempo-wise was very good.  We are just a little bit off, first time really going, and some of the things you have to work on for Pittsburgh is a little bit different too.  I think we will be fine by the end of the week.  Our tempo was good and our energy was good."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how one player can change the tempo of the game)

"I think one player can help if he is a standard bearer and that is what Bob is.  Kirk Ferentz told us that when we talked to him before the draft when he was coming out, said that he really energized their practices at Iowa, he was a guy that made big plays and got the crowd into things, and he has been that for us.  We have a number of other guys that are the same way.  I think Marlin Jackson has a lot of that, Gary Brackett's been that way, but Bob is a tempo setter."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on trying to exploit what opposing teams let you do and whether that is a weakness)

"Well, we like to think that we can win games any way that is presented to us.  We don't try to run uphill, we don't try to run at people, we don't try to throw when they are in coverages that don't dictate us throwing it, we don't try to throw into double coverage.  We try to go the path of least resistance and think that we have enough good players that whatever that path is, we can do it very well."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on being two-dimensional at such a high level and other teams not having that capability)

"Well, I think a lot teams do, but not everybody wants to get into the idea of changing plays at the line of scrimmage and doing things that way, so they will call a play in the huddle and run them, and feel like we will execute better than the other team.  We do that at times, but that is not our basic MO.  We try to go to the line of scrimmage with options."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how offensively things can change series to series, quarter to quarter)

"It really can.  We go in with an idea of how we think a team is going to play us, but sometimes that changes.  We go saying, 'Hey, this is what we think we are going to get, these are the plays we feel we are going to run in these situations,' and all of a sudden it is different in the game, but our veteran guys have the ability to adapt to that."

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