Head Coach Tony Dungy Press Conference

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments) “As we looked at yesterday’s game, a lot of gratifying things out of it.  We certainly don’t take winning for granted, and when it was 10 to nothing, it wasn’t really very pretty.

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments) * *

"As we looked at yesterday's game, a lot of gratifying things out of it.  We certainly don't take winning for granted, and when it was 10 to nothing, it wasn't really very pretty.  But I thought our team kept our poise and I thought we had a lot of guys that had to step up and play, make big contributions.  That's really gratifying as you practice and you get your first group ready.  You're always telling guys that they have to prepare, and when you know guys do, it makes a big difference.  We had Bryan Fletcher, Aaron Moorehead, Kenton Keith, Matt Giordano had to go in for Bob Sanders, Rocky Boiman again.  When they go in and play really well, it gives you a lift, and you realize that you can make some things happen with other guys in the lineup.  I think that's going to hold us in good stead down the road.  Once we got through the first part of the game, Denver had a little different attack—some goalline formations out in the middle of the field, some tight formations, two tight ends—different ways to attack and run the ball, and we were a little out of sync.  We went back to a little bit of some of the things we did last year of just trying to guess and not really take care of our own responsibility.  Travis Henry is a good back.  They controlled the ball the first quarter, but after that I thought we played better defensively.  Once we got the ball, we played sharp offensively.  And our special teams, really, we won the field position battle, and that was a big part of it, too.  They ran the first kickoff back to the 36.  After that, they started really at their 20 or inside the 20 every time, and to go 80 yards is tough.  So that helped us.  We got some good field position with kick returns and had a shorter field to go.  All in all, I think it was a good team win against a good team, and it put us in good shape after the first quarter of the season."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on ball security and no turnovers the last two games)

"It's not easy to do.  It's something we emphasize.  It's our goal every week.  Our guys do a good job of it.  They know how important it is to take care of the ball, our people that handle it, putting it away, tucking it in traffic, our offensive line protecting so we don't have bad throws, we don't have sack-fumbles, those kinds of things.  We've been good at it.  I think we've turned it over less than anybody the last four or five years, and that's going to help you win games."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if there are any updates on injuries)

"We always have our medical meetings Monday evening after we get the results back from the MRIs and a lot of the testing.  I really don't have a lot to offer at this point."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the response to injuries being that the next guy must step up)

"It really is, and they did (vs. Denver).  That was the gratifying thing yesterday.  We come out, it's 14-13, we're up, and (Associate Head Athletic Trainer) Dave Hammer comes to me and says Marvin (Harrison) won't be back, Rob (Morris) won't be back, Bob (Sanders) won't be back, (Ben) Utecht won't be back.  And other guys, you sit down and say, 'Hey, Bryan (Fletcher), you're going in, Aaron (Moorhead), you're in, Rocky (Boiman) and Matt (Giordano), and here's how we have to roll.'  And they did a great job."

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