Head Coach Tony Dungy Post-Practice Quotes

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on AFC South QBs David Carr and Byron Leftwich) 9/13/04 “I think they are going to be very similar to the two guys who are winning the awards. Peyton (Manning) was the first pick in the draft, I think Steve (McNair) was the third pick, and they have that type of talent.

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on AFC South QBs David Carr and Byron Leftwich) 9/13/04

"I think they are going to be very similar to the two guys who are winning the awards. Peyton (Manning) was the first pick in the draft, I think Steve (McNair) was the third pick, and they have that type of talent. David Carr and (Byron) Leftwich I think are going to be the same way. So, if they get to play in the same system like these two guys have, I think you are going to see the same results, and that's going to make it a really, really tough division."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he has seen a better Steve McNair over the past few years) 9/13/04

"Probably just more noticed. He's been doing that. The first time I played against him was 1998, and he was playing very similar. Then, they went to the Super Bowl the next year and he was really the main reason why. So, I guess for me, it hasn't been much different. I don't know how he was before then, 1996 and 1997, I really didn't get to play against him, but I've seen this for the last five or six years."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if you get used to QB-Steve McNair making the big play) 9/13/04

"Yeah, I think you do. Like our game last year, where they are down 16 and you feel like the game should be over, and it never is. And I think they believe that, and that's why they are tough to beat."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if QB-Steve McNair's ability to make his team believe is the definition of MVP) 9/13/04

"I think it is. When you lift your team and you make the plays that allow your team to win, and you lift the play of everybody around you…I think that's what he does and that's what Peyton (Manning) does."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if DE-Dwight Freeney is seeing more attention from opposing offensive lines) 9/13/04

"He is seeing more schemes and different things, and he's adapted to it pretty well. Really after the first year, he saw a little bit more, and I think that's going to continue. As you become a really, really good pass rusher, that's part of the badge of honor you get."

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