Head Coach Tony Dungy Monday Press Conference

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments) “Looking at our game, we were very, very fortunate to win the ballgame.  We’re happy about that, going into New York twice and getting two wins.

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments) * *

"Looking at our game, we were very, very fortunate to win the ballgame.  We're happy about that, going into New York twice and getting two wins.  I think we'll take that anytime we can.  We made it exciting, made it close.  Those guys, the Jets played 60 minutes and had some wrinkles and did some things that were good to do against us and could have won the ballgame.  But our offense is the veteran unit that we have right now.  They played really poised and had two big drives at the end of the game to win it.  Again, that's probably the good to come out of it.  What we needed to do to win this particular ballgame we were able to do.  We have to sharpen up a little bit.  We weren't pleased by all of the penalties that we had.  We had some situations to move the ball.  We were running it very well and getting in short third downs.  We didn't convert a couple of times there.  We were second-and-goal, I think, at the one and didn't convert that one.  Defensively, we let them off the hook several times with third-down penalties, third-down conversions.  We didn't really tackle very well.  We were a little bit banged up in practice, so we went no pads on Thursday.  I think we got our energy back, but we might have to do something to get our tackling back where it needs to be.  That's a couple of games now it hasn't been the way we'd like it.  So, just some fundamental things we have to sharpen up on.  It's always easier to make those corrections and get sharper when you're doing it off a victory, so hopefully we can learn from that.  All in all, it's good to get a win and we're looking forward to playing a little bit better in our division game this week against Tennessee."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the final play of the game, how he felt)

"At first, you feel like it's under control.  They have a long way to go and they have to get it in the end zone.  Then, they throw it across the field and it looks like (Laveranues) Coles maybe has a chance to go and then we have him hemmed in, and then once the ball hit the ground a few times, my thought was that at that point, it was pretty much over.  So, it's probably an exciting play and probably the thing to do, though, in that situation.  It's probably your best shot."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on his thoughts coming out of the game)

"I didn't feel good about the way we played.  I think we went in talking about playing good, fundamental football, and we did some things that would never show up to a casual observer.  Some things, missing coverages, not communicating, playing the wrong defense, 10 guys on the field, not executing things the way we had talked about them, really, it's hard to figure out, but we just have to be a little better in practice and a little more fundamentally sound."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he looks at the win or the performance and improving)

"I guess I've always been that way where I look at the game and how we play, more so than the score.  And I think we're at the point where when we play well, we have a good chance to win.  I'm always one that maybe is not as happy in victory as some other people are.  And there are some times when we don't win games where I think we played as well as we can play and it just wasn't our day.  But yesterday certainly wasn't one of those."

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