HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments) Friday, September 14, 2007* *
"I thought we had a pretty sharp end of the week and practiced well today, which was good to see. I think our players have a sense of what this game means and what we're going to have to do to go down there and get a win. Looking at them and the way they played against Jacksonville, it was very impressive, so I think that has all of our attention, and I was really happy with the week's work."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the announcement by the commissioner concerning the New England Patriots) Friday,
"Really a sad day for the NFL. It's another case of the 99 percent good things that are happening really being overshadowed by one percent bad. So, I think it's a really bad, bad situation for the NFL in total because, again, people aren't talking about our product, they aren't talking about all the great things that happened in Week 1. They're talking about a negative incident. I feel sorry for a lot of people involved. I feel sorry for some really good people on the Patriots that are going to be tarnished by this. I look at Tom Brady and Richard Seymour and Troy Brown. Those are guys I talk about to our team, the way you do things, the way you want to represent the NFL. We have two guys on our team, Adam (Vinatieri) and Dan Klecko, that are the same way, and they're going to be linked now with negative. And that's too bad. Every time I talk to Bob Kraft, he presents the type of image I know he wants to present. And I feel bad for him, because he's going to have to answer a lot of questions. He's going to have to answer questions all the time, from here on out. When headsets go wrong—which they go wrong everywhere—headsets go wrong in our stadium, but when they go wrong up there now, he's going to have to answer, 'Is it something that just happened,' or 'Is this planned?' There's bad grass everywhere, but when the grass doesn't grow up there, he's going to be asked about it. And that's too bad. I feel bad for him. I feel bad for young people that have looked at this organization and said, 'Hey, these are people that won three Super Bowls. That's what we want to be like.' And I feel bad for young coaches. I hope they don't feel like this is what you have to do to win, because you don't have to do that to win. So, it's tough. Nobody wants to throw stones at anybody else. I'm certainly not throwing stones at them. But I think it's a very, very bad thing for the NFL, just another situation that we've had that isn't good for us, for our fans. And we have to be careful. We have to make sure we don't end up like some other sports where the negative headlines outweigh the positive."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if this is overblown or is cheating, cheating?) Friday, September 14, 2007
"I think we have to look at what it is. We're not talking about stealing signals or we're not talking about individual incidents. What we're talking about is breaking a rule. I think that's the thing that's different in this case, and that's the part that's too bad."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if this changes the way he feels about Bill Belichick) Friday, September 14, 2007
"No. As I said, it's too bad for the league. It's just one other negative incident that we really don't need."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he has ever had concerns pl