Head Coach Tony Dungy Post-Practice Quotes

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general post-practice comments) “Getting ready for Dallas, they present a big challenge.  They are playing well.


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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general post-practice comments)

"Getting ready for Dallas, they present a big challenge.  They are playing well.  We're kind of looking forward to the challenge.  A 3-4 defense, much like New England and that part of it, it's a little more familiar this time around.  Offensively, they've changed a little bit with Tony Romo playing, so we've had to work on some different things.  For us, trying to get our fundamentals down and do what we do and see if we can just play a little bit better than we played last week."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if the difference with QB-Tony Romo is that he is more mobile)

"No, he has given them a little more energy for whatever reason.  The biggest thing that he's doing is he is making plays when the design of the original play breaks down.  That's what they hadn't had, I don't think, is just things good for them happen when the original play isn't there.  That's what he's done really well."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if there is anything about the 3-4 defense that poses a problem)

"Not really.  It all comes down to personnel, and when you have good people, some of the 3-4 teams we have played have (had good personnel).  And that's probably the biggest problem we've had.  But it is a different style of rush and different things that you have to take care of, different calls with your offensive line.  So, we have to review that, but mainly it's the players that you're playing against."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if picking up the blitz is the most different thing about a 3-4 defense)

"Probably more so than anything because they have more guys that can come.  Usually, when you play a 4-3 team and a linebacker comes, it's a blitz and you know what's going on.  Here, they can bring different guys and drop guys and try to get mismatches in the pass rush.  So, there are a few more calls involved usually in the offensive line play.  Again, not something that we haven't seen before."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if the team is progressing the way he would like)

"We're progressing well.  We're doing a lot of good things.  Unfortunately, some negative things can really turn that around.  We're playing a game and it's going in pretty good shape Sunday (vs. Buffalo), we had a chance to make it 13-3 or 17-3 and we're going to get the ball to start the second half, so you're feeling pretty good.  All of a sudden, you have one fumble, they pick it up and run it for a touchdown, it's 10-10 and the game is completely different on one play.  That's the lesson that you're trying to teach guys, that every play is important and you have to execute every one.  But we're doing a lot of positive things and we're certainly happy to be 9-0."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on Dallas' receiving corps)

"They have some top-flight receivers.  Obviously, both their wide guys have been in the Pro Bowl, their tight end has been in the Pro Bowl and they can do some things.  Even Patrick Crayton, he's played well the last three or four weeks on the

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