HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments) 1/16/05
"Well, this is obviously a disappointing way for us to end our season. We came up here with very high expectations and just ran into a better team today. They outplayed us. They have beaten us four times in a row now, all kind of different games. But it is one thing about them, they find a way to win. I thought they were a little more physical than we were today, especially in the second half. We are sitting there 6-3, and they had a couple of long drives to really put the game away. Third down, they did a better job than we did: converted some third downs, kept some drives going. And you just have to give them a lot of credit. They played well. You know, they were missing some guys, but it didn't seem to matter to them."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if the weather was a factor) 1/16/05
"No, it really wasn't. It wasn't bad down there. The field was in pretty good shape. You know, we just got outplayed today."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the Patriots making good teams look bad) 1/16/05
"They are a good team. Obviously, they have won everything but two games in the last couple of years and they play well and they are physical, they are tough, they are smart and they play well. And today, I thought they outplayed us as much as any of the other games since I have been here."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on RB-Corey Dillon) 1/16/05
"He made some good runs and was bouncing off people and slashing. And he has obviously helped them, he and Kevin Faulk both. That is where they hurt us. They didn't hurt us so much in the passing game other than a couple of critical third down throws. But he ran well and he has given them an added dimension for sure."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if the Colts need a different type of team to take the next step) 1/16/05
"I don't think so. I think we just have to get to the point where in certain situations, we play a little sharper. And today, as I said, they outplayed us. But I don't think we need to over analyze it and say, 'Oh, we have to do this, and tear the team down and restructure it this way.' I think we can win with the guys we have. We just have to play better in the crucial situations."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how tough the loss is with the expectations) 1/16/05
"Well, they are all tough whenever you lose the last game. We are no different than the other 11 teams that are going to lose in the playoffs. You actually want to go one step farther than you go and you want to keep winning and you want to play well in four games to go win it. We played well last week. We got outplayed this week. But yes, they are all disappointing. I wouldn't say this is any more or less disappointing than last year."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how much rests on QB-Peyton Manning's shoulders) 1/16/05
"I don't think we can look at it that way and say, 'Oh, Peyton has to do this and do that.' We will look at the tape and we will see a lot of ways that we have to play better. I know that is what is going to be said and written, but you win as a team and that is the only way you can beat these guys, with a total team effort. And we came up a little short today."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the Patriots being more aggressive) 1/16/05
"I just thought that we had some chances in the second half, especially on defense where we have to make some tackles, we have got to get [Corey] Dillon down, and we weren't able to do that. We let them control a lot of the clock. And it really was pretty simple football. It wasn't a lot of -- the first half was four and five wide receiver sets and moving people around. But the second half was just two tight end running games that got them going and we didn't handle."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the direct snap to Edgerrin James) 1/16/05
"You know, I pride myself in knowing the rules. That's a rule that I didn't know, that the quarterback, what they say is that once you go into the center, if you move away from the center you have to be set for a second. I guess, it is a fairly obscure rule, but it is in there somewhere, I guess."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he wishes they had gone after their secondary more) 1/16/05
"Well, we tried to go after them. It's not like we said, 'Oh, okay, we are not going to try to go get them.' They did a good job and outplayed us with the guys that played."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the turnovers) 1/16/05
"It generally is important. We had some chances to get some defensively. We had our hands on some balls and couldn't get them. There were some penalties that were not very good penalties to take at that time. And we let them convert a lot of third downs to keep drives going. They had those two long drives and that was really the difference in the game."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on playing with the two tight-end set in the second half) 1/16/05
"Well, we wanted to see if we could get our running game going and then try to keep them in 3-4 and spread them out a little bit. And we had it. We just didn't convert our third downs as well as they did. We got in some third and fours, third and fives we couldn't pick up; and on their two drives they picked them up."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if it was a let-down to settle for a field goal before halftime) 1/16/05
"Yes. We would have liked to have gotten a touchdown there. We felt good coming into the locker room. We were down 6-3. We moved the ball pretty well the last two times we had it, and it was going to be a matter of us stopping them a couple times and trying to get the lead. And we felt that we could do that in the second half. We stopped them once, I believe. We came out and moved it and made a couple first downs, and then we punted it, backed up, and they got the long drive. And that was the tough point in the game."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on why there were no long passes) 1/16/05
"You know, I'm not sure. We tried to get them deep. They played some zone coverages. They blitzed us a little bit and played man to man, but we just weren't able to get them today."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if pinning them on their own 13 in the third quarter is what they were looking for) 1/16/05
"Yes. Your defense has to make a stop there, get the ball about around mid-field. We had a chance. I think we had a third and nine. They threw the ball to [Kevin] Faulk and made a first down. They get another first down we give them on the penalty to Nick Harper, and then we just had some third downs that we didn't stop. And that was the big thing. But yes, you are counting on your defense there."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how tough it was to watch the Patriots' long drives) 1/16/05
"It was difficult. And the fact that we had some chances to get them stopped and they were able to just run the ball…and when a team runs for 200 yards on you, which they were over 200 today, you are going to have a tough time winning."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on playing with a very light front seven) 1/16/05
"I don't think it was that. I th