HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments) * *
"It's kind of nice. We're on our regular-season routine and back out here for a Wednesday and really looking forward to this week, for our young guys especially, to show them how we do things, how we prepare for a game. We're going against a guy that I know really well (in Lions head coach Rod Marinelli). I know how he's preparing his team. It's going to be a lot of fun. It should be a good week. We want to play a little bit better than we played last week, and hopefully having a regular-season practice routine will help us do that."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the young guys needing to know the regular-season routine)
"They really do. We're kind of working our way through it, scouting reports, what's on there, what they can glean from it, how we break down the tapes, what they can take home with them, what they can study, what all these things mean, and then the routine. The big thing for the young guys is there is a lot less practice time now. There aren't two practices a day now. They aren't going to get to run every play. They're going to have to watch and learn from watching other people. And that's something you have to learn to be a professional as well."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on what position he thinks is the most critical to assess against Detroit)
"We still are really trying to figure out who our second running back is. All of those guys have done some good things, and that was probably the biggest thing we wanted to get out of camp. I think we have some good choices. We have to see who that's going to be. We have some positions on defense, how we really want to look at our nickel package. I think Bob Sanders is going to be back, so where we stick him in that mix and how our corners shape up, those are issues. And then we have to get our coverage units a little more consistent on special teams."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he will consider putting DeDe Dorsey or Kenton Keith in with the first offense vs. Detroit)
"I think you'll see it a little bit. Our first group is going to play a little bit more, so we won't have Joseph (Addai) play 35 straight plays. We're going to do it more like we would a regular game. So, one of those guys I think will get a little action with the first group."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on what DB-Bob Sanders brings to the defense)
"He brings an energy and a physicality that we really like. We were starting to see signs of that these last two games without him being in there, which I think is really good. We saw some good, physical play from our secondary, some really exciting, high-energy play, and I think that he's going to add to that."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he will do anything to try to protect Sanders so he doesn't get banged up)
"I think we already have done that. We've taken it very slowly, bringing him back. I think just the fact that he's going to be ready to go and feeling good, we'll probably go as much as we can and do what we can to keep it as normal as possible from here on out."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the reason for still needing special teams' adjustments)