Head Coach Tony Dungy Press Conf. Quotes

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments) “Let me start off by saying that I don’t anticipate us being able to hold Jamal Lewis to 12 carries for 25 yards.  He’s too good of a back for that, and we’ll see what happens.


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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments)

"Let me start off by saying that I don't anticipate us being able to hold Jamal Lewis to 12 carries for 25 yards.  He's too good of a back for that, and we'll see what happens.  That worked pretty well last week, so we'll see.  This is going to be a great challenge.  They're playing very, very good football.  They've been hot.  They have an outstanding defense that is really tough to move the ball and score on.  I think they've put their team together in such a way now that they really have the complimentary pieces to that defense.  They have a quarterback that's been in the Super Bowl who really knows what he's doing and has given them a lot of confidence.  They have good receivers who catch the ball well and can run after the catch.  They have the running game and a big offensive line, and they take time off the clock.  And when you get behind, it just really becomes tough.  Then, on special teams, they have a great kicker and a good punter and they have Pro Bowl special teams guys.  So they understand that with their defense and the way they play offense, field position becomes important.  They have the total package, so it's going to take every bit of energy that we had last week and more, and we have to play sharper.  We made some errors in our game against Kansas City, penalties on special teams that hurt us field-position wise, turnovers that you're not going to be able to survive against Baltimore that way."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if the way they Baltimore plays defense is taxing mentally on the offense)

"It really is.  They put a lot of stress on you.  They give you different looks.  They move around.  They don't show you what they're going to be in.  They have interchangeable parts, guys who can rush and drop and safeties who come and defensive linemen who drop into coverage.  So, they really do tax you.  Last year, I thought that was probably the best game that Peyton has played since I've been here, and it wasn't really an outstanding statistical game, but to not get sacked and not have the negative plays against that defense, it's really hard to do."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he would rather have a great defense or great offense)

"I think you prefer to have a great defense and a great offense and great special teams.  It is what it is.  I think the other units probably will go as far in determining the game, our defense, their offense, and both special teams.  You have a great offense playing against a great defense, and both sides are going to make plays.  Last year, our defense held us in there.  It was 0-0 much of the first half.  We made our kicks and things that you have to do in a game like that, and that's how you have to play Baltimore.  You have to play a complete game to be able to get a win in there."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how he has seen QB-Steve McNair change through the years, or has he?)

"I think he's the same guy that he's always been.  He's ultra-competitive, he doesn't run as much anymore as he used to, but he runs when it's necessary to make those plays.

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