Head Coach Tony Dungy on K-Adam Vinatieri


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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on filling the kicker position with Adam Vinatieri and if he believes it is an upgrade)  Thursday, March 23, 2006

"Well, the thing for us is that it's just a great situation.  Mike (Vanderjagt) kicked tremendously for us for four years, the time I was here, made a ton of big kicks and was very consistent.  So, you're looking for the same type of thing.  If you go to a younger guy, an unproven guy, you really don't know what you have.  But getting Adam Vinatieri, you really feel like you've replaced Mike with the same type of person, someone who makes big kicks, who has been in big games, who has kicked championships kicks and has made them, so we're really excited and think we've done as well as we could do."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how he thinks K-Adam Vinatieri will fit into the Colts team)  Thursday, March 23, 2006

"I think he'll fit in well.  He's been in a championship locker room, which is a big plus.  He's a guy that plays hard, does whatever it takes, and has been a great team player from everything you hear and just meeting him.  So I think he's going to fit in right away and fit in well."

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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on making the organization feel good that K-Adam Vinatieri chose the Colts)  Thursday, March 23, 2006

"It is.  I think it speaks a lot about the organization that we have and the team that we have.  I know he has met a bunch of our guys at the Pro Bowl and felt very comfortable with the guys that he met and felt good about our organization from that standpoint, and that says a lot.  So we are excited.  When you can get quality guys, it's always a big, big plus."

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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on K-Adam Vinatieri being 'more than just a kicker')  Thursday, March 23, 2006

"I think he will be.  He's been a special guy in New England, and just judging from the reaction there, you can tell how special he was, not only as a player, but in the community, and we expect him to be the same way here.  But I think he is more than just a kicker, and obviously a guy who has played a big part in two Super Bowl wins, three really.  Even the first one, I remember the kick in the snow (vs. Oakland) that got them to the first one, which is maybe the most impressive kick in that situation when you're behind and you have to have it and it's in bad conditions.  That really got them going, and I'm sure people haven't forgotten that.  He's going to do a great job for us and as I said, we're thrilled to have him."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on K-Adam Vinatieri replacing Mike Vanderjagt)  Thursday, March 23, 2006

"Mike was tremendous for us, in the time that I was here.  He made some kicks that won divisions for us, t

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