Head Coach Tony Dungy Post-Practice Quotes

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on playing on a national stage on opening night) Wednesday, September 7, 2005 “You have to embrace it and relish it. I think our players do.

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on playing on a national stage on opening night) Wednesday, September 7, 2005

"You have to embrace it and relish it. I think our players do. It throws your schedule off somewhat playing at night, Sunday nights, Monday nights, Thursdays, and they don't count anymore in the standings, but it tells you what people think. All of our guys get excited about playing on national TV, as well they should. It will be a really exciting atmosphere, and I'm looking forward to it."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he believes the Colts are the favorites in the AFC South Division) Wednesday, September 7, 2005

"I've never believed in favorites at this time of year. San Diego probably wasn't a favorite last year in their division. I know Pittsburgh wasn't the favorite. So it really doesn't matter, and every year's a different year, and it's how that group of 53 plays. I like our guys, and we think we're going to be an excellent team and be there at the end, but you have to prove that in the 16 games that are coming up."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on his main concerns about Baltimore) Wednesday, September 7, 2005

"They run the ball very well. They're very physical. They pound it. They have a really improved receiving corps with picking up Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton and getting Todd Heap back full-time. Defensively, they do a lot of things. They have very good personnel and they're physical, so it's going to be a tough, rough game."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on RB-Jamal Lewis) Wednesday, September 7, 2005

"He's a horse, he runs with power and he has the speed to make people miss in the open field, but his yards after the contact is what is really impressive. He breaks a lot of tackles, he drags people, but yet, if he gets in the secondary, he has the speed to hit the homerun. So he's really a complete back. And Chester Taylor, in the preseason, was probably the best back of anybody I'd seen. I watched a lot of tape. Preparing for five (preseason) games, you probably see 25-30 games, and I didn't see anybody running the ball as well as Taylor."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on what Brian Billick brings to the table as a coach)Wednesday, September 7, 2005

"They're a very good organization, number one. You know he's going to be solid, they're not going to make mistakes and they're going to play very sound. Brian knows how to get his teams ready to win and he's going to play to his strengths. They've been a running team, but they're much better at wide receiver than they've been. If they have Todd Heap back full-time, they'll use him. He'll use his personnel really well and get the ball to those guys in places they can be effective with it."

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