Head Coach Tony Dungy Press Conference Quotes

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments) “Again, it’s always nice to be talking after a win, and the way things went yesterday in the league, I guess we can count ourselves pretty fortunate to get a win.


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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments)

"Again, it's always nice to be talking after a win, and the way things went yesterday in the league, I guess we can count ourselves pretty fortunate to get a win.  Looking at the tape, there are a lot of good things that went on and a lot of positives overshadowed by a couple of mistakes that made it tough.  That's what life is like in the NFL.  One play, when you're going into score, they knock the ball loose, pick it up and run it in for a touchdown, changes the whole chemistry of things, and that's what can happen.  So, you have to be on top of it and make sure that you're making those plays and not giving them up.  We have enough to work on to keep us busy this week.  I thought Buffalo came in with a really good plan and executed it well, made us be sharp and we weren't quite sharp enough to pull away from them.  But all in all, we're happy with being 9-0, happy with getting those AFC victories.  Now, we have a couple of NFC games coming up and teams that we don't know quite as well that we'll have to go to work on.  But we're pretty happy where we are and hopefully we can continue to progress."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the Nov. 26 game vs. Philadelphia being moved to 8:15)

"It's much better being at home, that's for sure.  The night games on the road are tougher on you.  It's a good thing, I think, the fact that TV wants us and it's going to be a national game.  I think we'll be ready for it and I think our players will embrace it."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on having close games this year as opposed to last year)

"What happens in most games in the NFL, you're in the fourth quarter and you have to make some plays to win the game, offensively, defensively, special teams.  And that's what happens.  So, to get yourself ready to know that that's the way it's going to be and to do it gives you confidence when you get in that situation again, 'We've been here before.'  And it's usually a matter of doing what you're supposed to do, not doing anything spectacular, but being able to do what you're supposed to do.  Fortunately, we've been able to do that most of the time in the fourth quarter this year.  We'd like to not put ourselves in that position.  We'd like to do some things a little bit better in the first three-and-a-half quarters, but if we get there, we have a lot of confidence.  I think that's going to be good for us down the road."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the decision to play DB-Antoine Bethea in the box on defense instead of Marlin Jackson)

"It was just a better way to practice this past week not knowing if Bob (Sanders) was going to play or not.  We've kind of put Marlin in a tough situation.  He's practiced at about four different spots, at corner, nickelback and now at both safeties.  We didn't want to practice him places where he wasn't going to play and then by the same token, we didn't want to put him in places where he hadn't practiced.  So, it was a little easier for Antoine to do it this week with all of the dynamics of who may play and who may not."

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