Head Coach Tony Dungy Press Conference Quotes

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments) “It’s certainly nice to be back to work and fun to be back knowing who we’re going to play and preparing for a game.  It’s very exciting for us and I think there are four outstanding teams left in it.

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments)

"It's certainly nice to be back to work and fun to be back knowing who we're going to play and preparing for a game.  It's very exciting for us and I think there are four outstanding teams left in it.  It should be a fun couple of weeks and hopefully we are there for a couple of weeks.  Looking ahead, Pittsburgh is a rematch of a month or so ago, and they're hot.  I don't know if they've lost since they left us, and they're playing very well.  They're playing physical, they're playing the style of ball we're used to seeing from Pittsburgh and they've gone on the road a few times and won, so everything is setting up to make it a great game.  I think we're going to be in good shape.  We're going to be as healthy as we've been in a long time, and I know our guys are excited to play.  It will be a fun time, a fun atmosphere and we're certainly looking forward to things."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the taunting that was going on during the first meeting between the Steelers and Colts)

"Well, I don't think there will be any intimidation, but obviously there is going to be high energy and high emotion.  We were disappointed in ourselves.  That was one of the things we did poorly in the first game.  We didn't keep our emotions in check, so we're going to have to have that energy and feed off the energy in the building but play smart and under control, and hopefully we learned from the first game."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on what is different with the Steelers running game since they played the Colts)

"It's not a whole lot different.  I think when you play well and do your job well, you get good results, and I think they're playing a little bit sharper and maybe with a little bit more resolve.  I think they made a commitment to run the ball when they left here and they're certainly doing it very well."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if the crowd noise was the loudest he's heard it against the Steelers on Monday Night Football)

"I think it was probably all of those Pittsburgh fans that got into the game that brought their noise makers inside those towels.  It's been loud in our building and we anticipate it being loud, but I don't think that's going to be much of a factor.  I don't think we can rely on the home-field, we can't rely on the fact that we've beaten them before.  We have to come out and play, and I think that's what our guys are anticipating."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the trick plays that Pittsburgh is known for)

"They are part of the game and part of their attack.  They've done them for years.  I remember when I was in Tampa and RB-Jerome Bettis threw a halfback pass on a big play and beat us down there.  They have guys that can do it.  WR-Atwaan [Randle El] gives them and added dimension, WR-Hines Ward is able to throw the ball.  They do a lot of things.  That's one thing, when you're a power team, you can keep people from pursuing with those gadget plays."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on RB-Jerome Bettis switching roles from feature back to a closer)

"It's rare.  Those guys th

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