Head Coach Tony Dungy Quotes

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if teams making the Colts drive the field stems from the offensive success from 2004 and the long plays) “I think we have been played differently since ’04, that 49-touchdown pass year.


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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if teams making the Colts drive the field stems from the offensive success from 2004 and the long plays)

"I think we have been played differently since '04, that 49-touchdown pass year.  We got a lot of blitzing and people said, 'Hey, the way to play Peyton Manning is to get after him and come,' and that gave us a lot of, I don't want to say easy scores, but quick scores, because people came after you and they either got to you or they put themselves in a lot of one-on-one situations.  And we aren't seeing as much one-on-one.  We're seeing teams make us make throws and be patient and run the ball, and we've adapted to that and our offense has done a good job of taking what's available…People are definitely forcing us to play a little differently than they did two or three years ago."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the key when defenses are determined to make you have long drives)

"(The key is) To understand that we can function that way.  We can still put points on the board.  We can be successful, and I think our whole offense has grown into that mode that, if that's the way it's played, then it's just a matter of not having penalties, not having turnovers.  If we have to take seven plays rather than three plays, as long as we do our job, we can still move the ball and score."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on it taking a patient quarterback to drive the ball the length of the field consistently)

"It takes a patient team.  And it takes an efficient team.  If you feel like, 'Hey, if we have to run 10 plays, somebody's going to screw up,' then you get impatient.  When you have confidence in everybody, you don't feel like, as a back, 'I always have to break the big run, I always have to hit the home run.'  We can have 10-play drives."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if playing good teams is the reason it is tough to come back in the playoffs)

"I think it is.  You're playing better teams.  So, if you dig yourself a hole, it is tougher to come from behind.  If you're playing well and you have the lead, you don't feel like you ever should lose.  That's part of the process, that it's obviously much tougher to come back against good teams than it is the average team."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on QB-Trent Green and what he has seen from him since Green came back from injury)

"He's a good player.  We had Trent in the Pro Bowl a couple of years back.  He's a very smart guy, very accurate.  He knows their offense well, runs it well, very competitive.  The same type of hit he got in Week 1, he got one Sunday trying to make a first down, and that's the way he is.  I think he plays with a lot of passion.  He's their leader, so it didn't surprise me that he came back and played well after the injury."

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