Head Coach Tony Dungy Press Conference

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments) Tuesday, October 23, 2007 “Looking at the tape, it was probably more gritty and hard-fought than it was artistic, and sometimes that’s the way it has to be.


HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments) Tuesday, October 23, 2007

"Looking at the tape, it was probably more gritty and hard-fought than it was artistic, and sometimes that's the way it has to be.  Especially coming off a bye, probably not as sharp, not as technique-sound as you would like to be, and we had some things we had to overcome.  We had a few more penalties than we would like and some technique errors that showed up on some plays.  But we got great effort and contributions from a lot of guys on the team, which is what you're looking for.  I thought our special teams, with the exception of one play—some of our young guys assumed Maurice Jones-Drew was going to throw a ball on a kickoff return to maybe a lineman or someone—but other than that play, we played pretty well on special teams.  We won the battle of field position.  Defensively, I thought we tackled well.  Offensively, we did what we had to do to move it and overcome some of those mistakes.  So we got accomplished what we wanted to.  Our goal was to win these first three division games on the road.  We were able to do that, and it's gotten us off to a good start the first third of the season.  Now, our task today will be for our players to rest up, for our coaches to put in a long day and see if we can get prepared for an opponent we don't know a whole, whole lot about in Carolina."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how difficult is it to prepare on a short week) Tuesday, October 23, 2007

"It's harder.  It definitely is.  Normally, Monday would be a day where our coaches spend half a day looking at Carolina and formulating some ideas and then we'd come in today and start to talk about it.  We have to do all of that on a short time frame and it's not an opponent that we really know.  So that even makes it a little tougher, but we'll get it done."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on not harping on the short turnaround too much or it might create a negative vibe) Tuesday, October 23, 2007

"You can't turn it in to an excuse.  Two teams have to do it every week, have to come off Monday night games. That's just the way it is, so you know that going in and you prepare.  I slept all day yesterday before the game so I would be ready to go today, and I think most of our coaches did the same."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if splitting carries between RBs-Joseph Addai and Kenton Keith had to do with Addai's prior injury or if he was wanting to even the carries more) Tuesday, October 23, 2007

"Kenton has played well, and we want to get him in there.  I think we're developing more and more confidence in him.  Joseph just coming off, missing the week before, may have had a little something to do with it, but more and more I think having those guys go and keeping them fresh is going to be good for our running game."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if RB-Kenton Keith has done better than thought) Tuesday, October 23, 2007

"He's not more than we expected, but maybe more than a lot of other people.  We saw it in the spring, and again, he's a guy that has played professio

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