HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments) * *
"We're starting the second half of the season. The first drive coming out of the locker room is always important in the second half, and this one unfortunately is a tough one going to San Diego. I think they're in the same boat that we were in last year after the Jacksonville game. You look at a lot of tape and you see some very good defense. Then you look at one half and a great back and see what doesn't seem like good defense. I'm sure they will get pounded about the number of yards they gave up and what happened. I think we're going to see a team very much like we were after the Jacksonville game. We'll see their best, and their best is pretty good. So we have to be ready. We're trying to bounce back after a loss also, and hopefully we'll take that same attitude out there."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the team at this same point this year compared to last year) Wednesday, November 7, 2007
"I think we're doing a lot of things better, some of the things that we really stress in terms of protecting the football and taking it away, not giving up big plays. We're running the ball better than we were at this time last year. We're defending the run better than we did. We haven't given up a lot of big passes, so there are a lot of things that we are a little bit better, but I think the league is better around us. I think our division is playing better. The records say that they are. So we're going to have to continue to improve."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how the last month of games will effect the Colts)
"I think we're a team that pretty much goes along and takes the challenge of the week that comes, whatever that is. And this week it's facing a really good team with some explosive offensive players and a great front seven on defense. I think we'll step up to the challenge. We have had some injury issues, and that's given our young guys a chance to get in there and play, and they've done a good job when they've gotten the opportunity."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on not having WR-Marvin Harrison vs. New England and if not having him cost the Colts because they were able to defend Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark)
"Well, with eight minutes to go, there wasn't anybody in the game that we didn't need. Everybody who we needed was there to play to defend that lead. We played well enough without him to get a 10-point lead with eight minutes to go."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the status at WR position and the possibility of adding a receiver if WRs-Marvin Harrison and Anthony Gonzalez cannot play)
"Craphonso (Thorpe) is on the active roster and ready to go. We didn't dress him last week. We thought we had enough receivers to make it, and (Anthony) Gonzalez got hurt on the first play. If Anthony can't go, then Craphonso would be the next guy.