Head Coach Tony Dungy Quotes

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments) “Obviously, we are still on a high coming back from Baltimore.  It was a big game for us, a big win.  I thought a tremendous team win.  We talked on Friday night at the hotel in our last meeting that a lot would be made about their No.


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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments)

"Obviously, we are still on a high coming back from Baltimore.  It was a big game for us, a big win.  I thought a tremendous team win.  We talked on Friday night at the hotel in our last meeting that a lot would be made about their No. 1 AFC defense against our No. 1 AFC offense, but we talked that if we on defense outplayed their offense and our special teams outplayed their special teams, that could be the difference.  And I thought that's what happened.  I thought our defense really stepped up again, did a great job with the takeaways, with the third-down defense.  And our special teams, we punted well and covered well and in a field-position type of game, that was really important.  Obviously Adam kicked well and made the big field goals.  About the only thing we didn't do well was when Terrence (Wilkins) mishandled a couple of kickoffs and we didn't get that drive start lead on them.  Other than that, we really played well in those two areas.  Our offense did a good job of really moving the ball against them.  They're a hard defense to drive the ball on and even though we didn't score touchdowns, we had three long drives, 11-plays plus where we made first downs.  We used the clock.  We got the ball from our one-yard line and scored with it.  We had a seven-minute drive at the end of the game to really ice the game, and we were very close.  We just missed a couple of deep throws that you have to get against those guys to score.  It's tough to really move it and be methodical against them.  So all in all, I thought we played about as well as we could play and other than maybe the two interceptions, we did what we wanted to do and won the game."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the final offensive possession to score a field goal)

"It was really something.  You're sitting there, you're up six, we've been involved with Steve McNair many times, and you don't want to give him the ball back with a six-point lead and any time on the clock.  So we knew that we wanted to at least make two or three first downs there.  If you could get into field goal range, that was the ultimate, but we did, we made some third downs, converted a big pass to Dallas (Clark).  Dominic Rhodes I thought was outstanding in the second half running, keeping things going.  He made a couple of big third-down runs, and just using up that time and kicking a field goal with 23 seconds left, that was really a big drive against a great defense."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on RB-Dominic Rhodes closing the game and the run defense in the second half)

"Dom(inic) was outstanding and made some good power runs, ran in our short-yardage offense and did a great job.  In the second half, our defense, they didn't run it at us as much as we thought.  I think they only ran six times in the second half, but we really just played better once we saw their runs and what they were running, we were able to shut that down."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how RB-Dominic Rhodes has handled his situation coming in as a reserve)

"Really like a professional.  The big thing, I thought (RBs Coach) Gene Huey did a great job of explaining to him what we were doing.  It wasn't a demotion, and he understood that

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