Head Coach Tony Dungy Press Conference

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments) “Always disappointing when you lose at home.  That’s something that no team wants to do.


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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments)

"Always disappointing when you lose at home.  That's something that no team wants to do.  You get in this situation, you want to protect that home field.  We weren't able to do that yesterday.  It's especially disappointing when you lose a fourth-quarter lead.  That's something that we've worked really hard at not doing, and we did yesterday.  We gave up 14 points in the fourth quarter, and that hurts anytime that happens.  Our team is very disappointed.  I think we have to give a lot of credit to New England and the fact that they kept coming as we knew they would.  They have some championship-caliber players over there and a championship-caliber team that made the plays when it counted.  And that was really the bottom line of the game; when it was to be decided there with eight minutes to go, they made some big plays offensively and defensively.  We had a chance to do that and didn't do it when it counted.  We kind of lost the field position battle in the first half.  We out-statted them offensively, defensively, but we're starting from our 10-yard line, 15-yard line and they're starting from the 35.  That makes a difference when you're playing a great team like that.  We didn't cash in in the red zone, had some chances, and they stopped us.  We had to kick field goals, got a field goal deflected, and those kinds of mistakes you can't make against a team as good and as potent as they are.  So, it was disappointing all the way around, but what we have to do now is see if we can start another streak, go out to San Diego and play well and get ourselves back on a winning track."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he looked at the game more of as the mistakes the Colts made or the good things New England did)

"I think they're a good team.  I liken them to back when UCLA was playing basketball really well.  You have to do everything right, and they are so fundamentally sound, they force people into mistakes.  We had seen it the first eight games that we watched, and we said if we just didn't give up unearned runs, we'd have a chance.  But because of the way they play and the type of performance they have, you have to be on top of everything, technique sound, and when you aren't, you're going to make those errors.  That's what happened.  We just weren't as sharp as we needed to be, kicking game, offensively and defensively."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the status at WR)

"I don't really know.  I know whoever goes out there will play well.  Hopefully, they're all ready to go.  Our guys seem to bounce back pretty quick, and I know they're anxious to play, Marvin (Harrison)'s anxious to play.  Anthony (Gonzalez) went back in the game and finished the game, so I think we'll be okay, but whoever ends up out there, we'll expect them to do the job."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the status at LB—Freddy Keiaho and Tyjuan Hagler)

"Hopefully they will be back.  We're certainly going to need more linebackers this week.  We kind of envisioned going with a lot of nickel and dime packages (vs. New England) because they were so heavy three-wides, but San Diego I know runs the ball with LaDainian (Tomlinson) so we're going to need our linebacker corps

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