HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments) * *
"It was good to get back into our regular season routine yesterday. It was like a Wednesday practice, of course. It went well, and got our first preparation in on New Orleans. I know our guys are excited to play. A tough test, a big challenge, but I think we'll be ready."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if the two franchises mirror one another, starting with a great offense and bringing their defense along)
"I guess you could look at it that way. I know these guys, New Orleans, really did a great job on offense last year and they made a concerted effort this year to help their special teams and defense. They brought in some veteran guys on defense that are good special teams players, brought in some defensive backs, signed Olindo Mare, really doing a good job kicking off now. I think they have made some efforts to strengthen the other side of the ball, and it looks like it's paying off in the preseason."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the Saints bringing in DB-Jason David) Monday, September 3, 2007
"Jason was a good player for us, a guy that started for three years, really, and has that experience, playoff experience, and really a good cover man. So, I think that's what they were looking for when they signed him. We watched them play against Cincinnati and he did a great job on Chad Johnson and (T.J.) Houshmandzadeh. I think they're getting what they thought they would."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on why he is confident in the Colts defense)
"We have a group of guys that are playing hard right now, playing fast. We have been very aggressive. We have tackled well, and that's always the key for us. I think we have some good tackling players out there. We have pretty much kept our approach simple and basic, and I think if we do that and just play hard, we're going to be in good shape."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he believes he has a good mix of veterans and young players)
"It's about like it always is. I always look at those (team) pictures in (the hallway) and see who was not here before the year before, and it's usually 14-16 guys every year. I think there's a little more emphasis on us this year because we won the Super Bowl and people say, 'Well this is different and that's different,' but it's pretty much the same as it is every year. And I think it is good to have those new players in because the veteran guys understand that they have to help them out and they have to get them going. It keeps everything fresh I think."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on RB-Joseph Addai and his performance last year) <