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Head Coach Tony Dungy Post-Practice Quotes

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(general comments) 1/12/05 “Well, it was fun today to get started on the football side of it, preparing for New England. They have a great football team and it’s going to be a big challenge.

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(general comments) 1/12/05

"Well, it was fun today to get started on the football side of it, preparing for New England. They have a great football team and it's going to be a big challenge. I think this is the part we all enjoy, actually meeting and preparing and game planning and practicing. I thought our guys were into it. I think we're very excited and looking forward to the challenge."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on what impresses him the most about the Colts receivers) 1/12/05

"Probably the number one quality with our receivers is they all catch the ball. They have outstanding hands. They take a lot of pride in it and they have very, very few drops. They are all quick guys, they all understand football and they know what you're talking about when you make adjustments in routes in different coverages they're going to face. They're very smart guys and they all love to play the game. But if there's one quality they all have, it's the ability to catch it."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on WR-Reggie Wayne's development at receiver) 1/12/05

"It's just been a matter of practicing hard and playing hard and getting that experience. My first year here, he had a good year probably in the high 40s in terms of catches. We just thought after that year and from what we had seen, he could be a 70-catch guy and should be. He's just come on every year with a little more confidence and is playing well week in and week out. He's just developed like you hope players do."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on WR Reggie Wayne's ability to get yards after the catch) 1/12/05

"He does. He's a big guy, he's a good runner and that's one of his strong suits—that ability to run. He's able to break tackles and has done that. Also, he's caught the ball so well, deep balls and balls in traffic. He's just turned into a really, really good player."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on the pressure on QB-Peyton Manning to win in New England) 1/12/05

"I think there's a lot of us in that category, and it doesn't fall just to the quarterback. I know he wants to go up there and win, not just to have a win in Foxboro or to add something to his resume, but to keep us going. And I think that's (everyone's) goal right now. Whether this game was against New England, whether it was in Foxboro or here, we have to win to keep going. Obviously having not won up there, that's what the record is. But it really doesn't matter this weekend if we had won eight straight up there, we still have to go up there and win this one. And that's the important thing."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on possible bad weather and field conditions) 1/12/05

"It doesn't matter. It's not going to be a factor. Jacksonvillewent up to Green Bay, and those couldn't have been the best conditions for Jacksonville. They went up and outplayed them and won the game. Jacksonvillecame home the next week, where it's supposed to be good for them, and didn't win because Houstonoutplayed them. So, those are things that we talk about as a team that aren't going to be a factor. It's how we play, how we take care of the ball, how we execute our offense and defense and special teams. The field will be the same for both teams. The weather will be the same for both teams. The officiating will be the same for both teams. Those are things that are going to be nonfactors."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on turnovers standing out in the series) 1/12/05

"(We have to) go out and play aggressively and not turn it over like we've done in a lot of our games. You can't just say, 'Well, it's going to be New England, so it's going to be different.' They do a good job forcing turnovers. That's part of their game, and part of the reason we've turned it over has not been because we've tried to. It's because they've forced them. So, that's part of it, but we have to go up there and do what we're supposed to do and I think we'll be in good shape."

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