Head Coach Tony Dungy Post-Practice Quotes

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening post-practice comments) “Kind of a typical practice after a couple of days off.  We were a little sluggish to start with and we got going better as practice went on.


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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening post-practice comments)

"Kind of a typical practice after a couple of days off.  We were a little sluggish to start with and we got going better as practice went on.  I think we'll hopefully get used to this routine (of taking Mondays off following a win) and we'll be a little bit sharper on Wednesdays.  But all in all, a pretty good day.  We got a start on Buffalo and they're a lot like us on defense, which really helps.  And then offensively, we had to get a look at what they're doing."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on what stands out with Buffalo's offense)

"They have two good running backs.   (Willis) McGahee we knew about.  Anthony Thomas I haven't seen since he ran for a couple hundred yards on us when he was in Chicago.  But he's resurfaced there and running well, running hard.  They have some wide receivers who can get deep and have speed.  (Lee) Evans has world-class speed and Roscoe Parrish has a lot of quickness, so we had to get a look at some of those guys that we really haven't seen very much.  We haven't played them other than preseason in four years."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on being concerned with how you play instead of the other team being a reason for consistency over the years)

"That's what you have to do, and there is really no such thing as a trap game in the NFL.  We talked about where we are in the standings today.  We looked at where the whole league is, and you see that Miami was a one-win team and went to Chicago and won.  Our closest game of the first half was Tennessee.  So our guys understand that, that everybody in the NFL has capable people and it comes down to how you execute that day.  We are looking at Buffalo's strengths and what they do well and their pass rushers and receivers and their running back and their return guys.  There's a lot of weaponry there.  We saw the game opening day they should have beaten New England, no question about it.  So, we'll be ready.  If they beat us, it will be because they beat us, not because we're not ready for them."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on eight wins not clinching anything and if he discusses that with the players so they remain focused)

"No, they know there's a lot to be done.  We always talk about where we are, and I told them I was very proud of them the first half of the year.  We've played eight games, we've gone into four really tough venues on the road, we played Jacksonville here and we came through doing everything we wanted to do.  We're starting the first game of the second half of the year, so for us, it's kind of, 'Okay, we got our first-half goals accomplished.  Now we're 0-0.'  We really want to do the same thing the second half, improve every week.  You set your goals that way, and we don't really look at it like we're 8-0.  A lot of times, if you look at it that way, 'Oh, we have a lead here,' that can happen.  We're just really saying this is the first game after a break."

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