Head Coach Tony Dungy Press Conference

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY


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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments)

"Obviously a good win for us and one that we're happy about.  It keeps us three games ahead at the turn and that was the big thing that we went up there for.  I thought our offense played really sharp and did things that we normally do.  It was good to do them up there for the first time.  Defensively, we did some things that are going to need some correction.  Giving them 21 points is not what you want to do.  You don't want to give up three touchdown passes.  We weren't probably as sharp as we needed to be, but we made up for that with some effort and some energy and a couple of big, big plays.  But we have to be a little bit sharper.  We only punted one time, but that didn't go well for us.  We had a great punt and didn't cover it all that well.  Just some things that we can work on, but to be 8-0, obviously, we're happy and looking forward to this week, a short week for us, but another division game."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how he deals with being 8-0)

"I think what you have to do is do what we did last week and really focus in on the opponent you're playing and focus in on the week and what it's going to take to do the job in that game.  There's going to be a lot of talk about things that happened in the past, things that could happen in the future, and you really have to just block all of that out.  I think our team has done a good job of that, so far, and they did a great job last week, of just watching the tape, realizing what we're going to have to do to have the best chance to win against New England and really putting that forward.  I think we have some guys on the team that will help us in that regard.  They know how to focus, they know how to concentrate and they'll pass it on to the younger guys."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if being undefeated can be a distraction if you allow it to)

"Well, I think it can.  It's really way, way too early to even think about that.  Guys just have to realize as hard as this has been, to win these eight, to do it again, you have a long ways to go.  And the way we won these eight was taking them one at a time, so I think we understand that.  I think our coaches have done a great job of preparing our guys each week for the task at hand, and we have some veteran coaches, too, so that helps you."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the undefeated record and what it means)

"You know, you get all of these stats that the last team to win eight and win nine, the last team standing undefeated goes to the Super Bowl 'X' amount of times, but really, it's just like the New England/Indy (series), it really doesn't mean anything.  What matters is how you play this week, this year, and if we continue to play and continue to win, we'll be in the playoffs, and right now, that's our goal.  We're three games up in our division.  We have to continue to win to stay ahead of Jacksonville.  That's the short-term goal right now."

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