Head Coach Tony Dungy Press Conference

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments) “Looking at the game and having the chance to take a look at it, I have to start and take my hat off to the Cowboys.


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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments)

"Looking at the game and having the chance to take a look at it, I have to start and take my hat off to the Cowboys.  I thought they played very physical, they played energized, they made the big plays, they kept us out of the end zone and the red area a good bit.  They did a really good job.  I think a lot of the credit for winning the game has to go to them.  We went in and had our chances but didn't play well.  We were disappointed, obviously to lose, but probably more disappointed in not doing some of the things that it takes to win.  I guess that's my focus, that we have to get back to that and make sure we're understanding what we do have to do.  I can safely say that it wasn't the 3-4 defense and the fact that they had four linebackers out on the field.  It wasn't that they had big guys on offense and they wore us down.  I think we can dismiss those things.  They had good players that played well.  We didn't play well.  We gave away some points and potentially gave away some more that they didn't take advantage of, and we're going to have to stop doing that.  If we do, I think we can be a good team.  If we don't, we're going to struggle like this week in and week out, and we're going to have to rely on big plays in the fourth quarter to win games.  At some point, we just have to start playing a little bit better fundamentally, but there's nothing that we need to change other than doing what we should do play in and play out, lining up right, blocking the right people, hitting the right gaps, catching the ball when it comes to us, tackling them when we're in the hole and have a chance to tackle them.  And when we do that, we're pretty good.  We did it in spurts yesterday, but not enough to beat a good team."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on with winning so may games in a row if you can get complacent and not pay attention to detail as much as you would like)

"That is a possibility, and right now, that's where we are.  We've been outscored in the fourth quarter this year, which isn't a good sign.  We've made more mistakes than I like to see us make.  We've had situations where it's hard to understand some of the things that we do, not lining up right and not just doing really routine things, not playing defense the way it's designed.  And when that happens, you begin to wonder a little bit.  But it's certainly nothing major that we have to do.  It's not a matter of people catching up with us or figuring out how to play us.  I think we just have to get back, in spite of the fact of being 9-1, and we can't lose sight of that.  We have to get back to doing little things the way we need to do them."

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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if it is easier to get the team's attention following a loss)

"You would hope not, but I think some of the things you talk about during the winning streak, when you see it happens in a loss and you see that it affects you; you say one turnover, one bad play, one dumb penalty can make a difference, and you show it in a game that you win and it almost makes a difference but you overcome it, maybe you don't look at it as critically.  But we certainly had our share of those yesterday, and any one of them could have been the difference in the game."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if the pressure of the undefeated record was getting to the team)

"No pressure, no.  I would like to see us play well.  I would like to see us win every gam

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