Head Coach Tony Dungy Post-Practice Quotes

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on the field conditions and weather not being a factor) 1/14/05 “It won’t make a difference. It’s the team that outplays the other team.

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on the field conditions and weather not being a factor) 1/14/05

"It won't make a difference. It's the team that outplays the other team. I kind of talked about that to the team today. If you were in Minnesotalast week, you would have heard that no 8-8 team has ever won and they had lost 20 out of 22 outdoors and this, that and the other, and Lambeau Field and Green Bay's record in Lambeau. And it doesn't matter, because you have three hours to determine everything. It doesn't matter, the temperature at game time, the field condition, who's injured, who isn't. It's who plays the best that day."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on New Englandhaving someone that will step up) 1/14/05

"They always do. Guys get hurt during games, and other people step up. It's not something that really is an issue. You have guys set to play, and they'll play. You can get caught up in that, too, and that can be a distraction. And that's one thing New Englandhasn't (done). It doesn't matter who plays, who doesn't, who's active, who isn't. Somebody steps up and performs, and for the most part, we've been that way."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on how Nick Rogers has practiced this week) 1/14/05

"Nick's done well, and we've asked him to do a lot, not knowing who was going to be able to go. He's practiced some at linebacker and some at defensive line. He's picked things up and is doing okay."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on what helps this team play on the road) 1/14/05

"We have a veteran offense, and that helps you when you can go on the road and play well and move the ball and control things that way. And I think we concentrate on the road. We know it's going to be tough, and we have some good veteran leaders that make sure we do concentrate."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on keeping the team at an even keel all year) 1/14/05

"I think it's your whole coaching staff and your veteran leaders and how you approach things. We have a good group from that standpoint. Guys know what the challenge is and they know it's a long season and you're trying to do well the whole year. We've had big games and we've come out and played well and won some big games and felt good about it. We haven't had too many bad games, but when we've lost, we've come back with a pretty good resolve. I think that's as much your staff and the way they handle it and your veterans as much as anything."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY(on the tough schedule this year helping the team heading in) 1/14/05

"I think it does. You talk about those things and the tough stretches and coming through them. And once you've gone through them, you realize that you are a little bit better for it and it does prepare you for this time of year. I felt that whoever ended up winning our division would be pretty battle-tested and would be ready for the playoffs. And I think we are."

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