Head Coach Tony Dungy Post-Practice Quotes


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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if the guys enjoy the hype of the game)

"I think you try to put it out of your mind during the week.  You really do enjoy the fact that you're playing a big game.  I know guys love to play on Monday night.  You're playing the defending champions.  Everyone would get excited about that.  It's good for football, when you have these kind of storylines.  These are the kind of games you want to play.  But you have to be able to still put it in perspective and know that it's still a game that's going to be decided in about three hours on Monday night.  It's still going to be decided by how you practice and how you prepare.  So, you have to try to not do things differently, but enjoy the ride as you go."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he feels as good about his team as he has going into New England)

"I've always felt pretty good going in against them, but I like where our team is and I like our health and the way we're practicing, so yes, I think we're as good as we're going to be."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if you can learn from past games)

"I think you can.  I think we've learned that when you play New England, you have to play well to win.  I think we've learned that the games that we've turned the ball over more than them we've lost, and the games that we haven't turned the ball over more than them we've won.  So that tells you a little something right there.  But more than anything, I think you know they're a sound, well-coached team that's going to play very well for four quarters and take advantage of any mistakes that you make."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how the Patriots are different from last year)

"I don't know that they're a lot different.  They're still doing the same things.  They've had to throw the ball a little bit more because they've been behind in some games, and they normally aren't behind.  They've had some running back injuries and maybe that's what's caused them to throw it a little bit more.  They've thrown it a little bit more than they have in the past, but everything else is about the same.  And the things that you've seen from them in the past, you still see from them, so I don't know that they're a whole lot different."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how a win would be good for the Colts' 'psyche')

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