Head Coach Tony Dungy Post-Practice Quotes

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how today went) Training Camp “Well, I thought we were a little bit better today, especially on offense as we got into the practice.


HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how today went) Training Camp

"Well, I thought we were a little bit better today, especially on offense as we got into the practice. It got a little sharper, and that's what you need to do, to bounce back and get the concentration going after a day that wasn't quite as good.  Really, our last day to just focus on fundamentals.  From here on out, starting tomorrow, we will start to prepare for the Bears.  Next week, we are going to be back in Indianapolis with kind of a dry run with how we do things for the regular season.  So, you get out of the fundamental work and into preparation, and it has been good I think.  We have gotten a lot of foundation established and I think we are in pretty good shape." 

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on what he told the team in order to improve off a bad practice yesterday) Training Camp

"Nothing, really, other than the disappointment of yesterday.  That, hey, if we are going to be a winning team, if we are going to be a championship team, you have to be good all the time.  You can't afford to have off days, and I think the guys understood that."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on it meaning something to be back in the RCA Dome the first time as defending champions) Training Camp

"It will.  It definitely will.  I am looking forward to it.  We haven't been there since the AFC Championship Game which was a very emotional moment, leaving there.  I guess we were there the day after the Super Bowl, which was another emotional moment.  But getting back, playing at home, getting back in front of our fans, and you have to be a good home team to make the playoffs.  So, we want to defend our turf and get used to that again."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on P-Hunter Smith) Training Camp

"First of all, he's a very stable guy and I think a good teammate.  Secondly, he does his job very well.  It's tough being a punter here because again, you are not looking at punting eight or 10 times a game, you are punting maybe one or two situations and usually they are critical.  So, being able to do that and maybe punting in the first quarter and not punting again until the fourth quarter, that's not easy.  And he's done that well.  He's also held extremely well and I think that is something that maybe doesn't get noticed as much.  You had two really, really accurate kickers that have had tremendous years between Mike (Vanderjagt) and Adam (Vinatieri), and he is the common denominator."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the low number of punts per game for Smith) Training Camp

"Yes, it has been a long time since he has gotten that kind of rhythm [from punting 8-10 times a game] which is the way we want it, but people don't realize how difficult that is.  I remember in the playoffs, we went a couple games without punting in '03, and then you have to come in and hit one (in) a critical situation.  And that is a talent in and of itself."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the improvements in LB-Freddy Keiaho) Training Camp

"He is getting to play more.  He understands what we are doing a little bit better.  He's still a little bit hyper and still very reactive out there, and we're trying to slow him down.  He knows the defense much better.  He's a very smart player.  I think being able to have that knowledge to use his smarts has really helped him and is going to continue to help him."   

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