HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(general comments following Sunday's 23-14 win at Houston) 12/13/04
"It certainly feels good to be in the playoffs, and that's everyone's goal when you start the year, to win the Super Bowl, and to do that, you have to get in. And we're excited about being in. It was a tough game and one that was hard-fought. I think we needed one of those types of games. We didn't play our best, but we were still able to get a win. The encouraging thing is we made some plays in the fourth quarter to get that win. The disappointing thing is we had some penalties we don't like to have, something that hurt us that way and some mistakes. But all in all, I think it was a good win for us. It gives us a chance to now look ahead and see if we can continue to build on this momentum and get some things done against Baltimorethis week."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on the defensive play in the red zone) 12/13/04
"We're playing well in the red zone because we're doing our job, we're executing well and it gets tougher to throw against zone coverages down there. Yards can be deceiving because it depends on when you get them and how you get them. We're playing better than we were at the beginning of the year. Whatever the yards show up, we have done better and we eliminate a lot of the big plays in the passing game, which helps you keep the score down. If you make people have to work at it and earn it, have to score touchdowns in the red zone, you can defend pretty well."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on the pressure created by the defensive front) 12/13/04
"I think we have more than one guy who is creating pressure now, more than one guy that people have to worry about. Because we've been way up, it's hard to just drop the ball off, especially in the third and fourth quarter. The quarterbacks get a little bit impatient. They know they have to take the ball up the field, and that buys a little time for us. If the games are close and it's one scoreand we're playing a lot of zone coverage, then you can take those underneath routes and see what happens. But when you get a couple of scores down and you have to try to come up with some big plays, that really helps the rush."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on the defensive pressure up the middle) 12/13/04
"Raheem (Brock) has helped us. That's a move that we made just kind of out of necessity, where we slid him in (from defensive end). He's done a good job in there and he's become a real effective inside rusher. But the fact that Robert (Mathis) has come on and we're getting people now chipping and turning people towards him, we're getting a lot more one-on-ones inside and those guys are doing a good job taking advantage of it, he and Montae (Reagor) and Josh Williams and Brad Scioli, who has rushed well in there when he's gotten the opportunity. But, when people are fanning out and opening up off those ends and the quarterback is trying to step up to make sure he doesn't get too deep because of the outside pass rush, it does help those inside guys."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on DB-Jason David) 12/13/04
"Jason is a very confident guy and even when he makes a mistake or gets beat, it doesn't rattle him. He has ball skills, he has anticipation and he has hands. He's going to be a good interceptor in this league, and the fact that he's gotten to play down-in and down-out, he's really improving."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on if DB-Joseph Jefferson's time has decreased because of injury or the improvement of DB-Jason David) 12/13/04
"Joseph's still not 100 percent, but Jason has made big plays for us and is becoming a more consistent player. We would still like to get Joseph going. I think this is going to be a week that we're going to need Joseph, because we're going to see some big backs and we're going to need that bigger body in there tackling. But Jason really has come on and played well."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on DEs Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney being able to handle bigger offensive linemen) 12/13/04
"I tell you what, Robert and Dwight are leverage players, and they're strong guys. They're stronger than people think. Speed and quickness is their game, but it's not just speed and running around people. Dwight got one sack on a bull rush. When you have speed, you kind of keep people off balance. But we've never thought that playing against big guys has been that much of a problem. If you have really good, big players, Willie Roaf and people like that, they're good because they're good, not because they're (over 300) pounds. We've never thought that size was that much of a deterrent."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on what DL Coach John Teerlinck does different) 12/13/04
"John is a great defensive line coach. He teaches technique and he believes in getting to the passer. And he sells that to the guys, but they talk a lot about pass rush strategy and how we're going to get to the quarterback, how teams are blocking, how the quarterback is setting, where he's going to be in the pocket…there's a lot of strategy that goes into it. John is a good motivator and he's a good teacher, but he's also a good technician as a coach. I've been with him in two stints, and he's done a great job both places."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on what he believes the team got out of the Houstongame) 12/13/04
"You really get back in the feel of having to play a full game, having to play 60 minutes of being in there when it's tough at the end of the game, of having to convert some critical third downs, of having to get a stop at the right time, of making field goals. Talking to Mike Vanderjagt, it's been probably nine or 10 weeks since he had a really critical field goal to make. And guys know they can do that, but it's still nice to be able to do it and do it when it counts. This game was more like the games that we're going to face in the next five or six weeks, I'm sure."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on the next three games being like the playoffs starting early) 12/13/04
"They really are. I think we're going to be playing, and I think it's very important for us to continue to win and to get as high in the seeding as we can. So, we'll have a lot of incentive. The three teams that we're playing aren't in it yet, and they're all three good teams. It's going to be very emotional, it's going to be intense football and I think it's going to be just what we need to get ready."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on if Peyton Manning has made a big leap this year) 12/13/04
"I don't think he's really made a big leap. He's done pretty much what he's been doing the three years that I've been here. I think we're playing better, more solidly around him. We have a little bit better weaponry around him. Our receivers have been healthy pretty much all year. Edgerrin (James) has been healthy, and that's really helped our offense. And it just has been kind of coming together, everything just blossoming at the right time. He's prepa