Head Coach Tony Dungy Post-Practice Quotes

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the message to the players about the bye week) “Don’t take it for granted.  It’s great, and we’ve been four times in a row, but it doesn’t happen all the time.

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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the message to the players about the bye week)

"Don't take it for granted.  It's great, and we've been four times in a row, but it doesn't happen all the time.  When you're here, you want to take advantage of it, and you want to keep working as long as you can."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he is concerned that the team will get complacent)

"Not really.  Sometimes, especially for the young guys, not realizing all the ramifications of it and just feeling like we're winning and we're supposed to be in the playoffs and this is the way it goes, but this is something they have earned.  You want to look at it that way, but also know that it's not this way for every team in the league."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on finishing practice early)

"We're done a little early.  We had good tempo today and guys were energetic and had a lot of pep.  We weren't as sharp as we needed to be, but I really liked the tempo.  We worked in pads and got a lot of things done."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if today was the beginning to a new season)

"I think it was.  We're not playing a game this week.  We're practicing and a little bit relaxed, but we know we have a job in front of us.  It was a good feeling being out today and we got some good work in."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if there is a different approach going into the playoffs a favorite)

"I don't think it's a different approach for us. I think you figure out and dissect who you're going to play and you go to work on them.  You always feel like you're the favorite in your mind, even if you're playing on the road.  It's really not different from last year."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on what winning Coach-of-the-Year would mean to him)

"It would mean a lot.  You would feel like it's an honor for your coaching staff because I view all of those awards as staff awards.  It would feel like you've done a good job getting your team to play as well as they can play.  Only one person wins that every year out of 32, and it would be a big honor."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if the secondary has met his expectations)

"They've pretty much done what we thought they could do.  We thought they were going to be physical group.  We thought they were going to play tough and explosive football and limit the big plays, and that's pretty much what they've done.  I think they've played better each month, and they really feel pretty cohesive right now."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on what he attributes the play of the secondary to)

"I think a lot of it is being able to practice together.  Ha

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