Head Coach Tony Dungy Press Conference Quotes

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments) “Reviewing the game, it was a good win for us.  It went somewhat like we thought it might.


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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments)

"Reviewing the game, it was a good win for us.  It went somewhat like we thought it might.  Washington played very well, especially in the first half and came out very fired up as we knew they would.  We got off to a little bit of a slow start.  I thought offensively we were just a little bit off.  We had some plays that we made in the second half we didn't quite make in the first half.  Defensively, we were actually pretty good on first down.  We got them into some second-and-longs and third-and-long, which is usually where we like to get people.  We didn't execute quite as well, but again, in the second half, picked it up.  Our special teams, we're a little feast or famine.  I thought our kickoff coverage was very good.  We had some chances in the kickoff return, and we had one of their punt returns we didn't cover as well as we should have and gave up seven points there.  So all in all, some things we can still work on, some things we can get better at, but it was a good win to get after the bye and I think we're looking forward to continuing to practice and continuing to improve."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if the defensive tackles will rotate similar to the Washington game)

"That's how it will go for a while, anyway.  Anthony (McFarland) and Raheem (Brock) started and Darrell Reid spelled them and Josh Thomas played in there in the nickel and that went pretty well.  We actually did a very good job on first down in the run defense.  Where we didn't do as well was on the second-and-longs, which is usually as I say, a little bit more of our strong suit.  So, all in all, though, I thought the tackles did well."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on DT-Anthony McFarland getting off to a good start with the Colts)

"It was a pretty good start for him.  He felt very comfortable in there and played well.  He's going to do a good job for us."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if it worries him when QB-Peyton Manning goes down, or if you have to accept QBs get hit)

"It really doesn't.  That's the nature of the position.  Protection is something that we've always been at the forefront of.  We put that first place in everything we do, designing our passing game.  We don't want our quarterback to get hit that much, but it's a fact that you are going to get hit.  We try to minimize it, and occasionally you're going to get hit.  Peyton is a strong guy, he's a tough guy.  He conditions and works at it.  He's ready to take hits.  He took a couple of good ones yesterday and came through."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on Denver's winning percentage at home and if they have a home-field advantage with the altitude)

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