Head Coach Tony Dungy Press Conference Quotes

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments) “Obviously, a disappointing day for us.  We had a chance to clinch our division and put ourselves in the playoffs and didn’t do it.


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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments)

"Obviously, a disappointing day for us.  We had a chance to clinch our division and put ourselves in the playoffs and didn't do it.  Probably more disappointing than that was really just not playing our best, and this is the time of year you need to do that.  I really have to take the responsibility for that.  We were not sharp in a lot of areas and didn't do what we normally do.  So, we're at the point now we have a four-game season, coming into the last quarter of the year.  This will be the time period that really defines us.  I think we'll either get our game back to where it should be and start playing really well or it will be a struggle.  But I think we'll play well.  We have everything at stake.  We've really lost our cushion now, our margin for error, and we just need to play how we're capable of playing and I think we'll do that.  Yesterday, we let the game get away from us, gave them a little bit of life and when they had the opportunity, took it and took advantage of it.  They did a good job, I thought, doing the things that Vince Young can do really well, put him in position to win the ballgame.  And he did that for them.  Then, we had some chances to make the plays offensively and didn't quite do it.  So, again, disappointing but we're at the three-quarter pole and still in first place.  So, I think we can safely say we still have things in our hands and we just have to come out and play the way we can play."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on it not being as bad as it seems)

"No, it's as bad as it seems, and what we have to do is do what it takes to get it back right.  It's not that far.  It's just a very, very little thing, but you can't say, 'Oh, everything's fine,' because everything isn't fine."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how sharp can the team be and can they reach that)

"I think that's what we'll find out this last month.  We certainly aren't as sharp as we need to be.  We have to be better.  I think we can.  We're coming into some very big games.  We're coming into a stretch that we knew we were coming into going back to our division opponents on the road where you have to play well.  We didn't play well yesterday, so we need to play well this upcoming week."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on just worrying about your team now instead of others like San Diego, etc.)

"That has to be our mindset, playing like we can play.  If we play like we can play, I don't think we'll have problems, we won't have to worry about anybody else or other people beating anybody.  If we don't play like we can play, it probably doesn't matter anyway.  I have confidence in this team.  I know we can play a lot better than we played the third quarter of the season, and we're going to have to."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on not having a stretch like this in a while, losing two of three)

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