Head Coach Tony Dungy Rookie Minicamp Quotes

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on his initial impression of the first day)Friday, April 29, 2005 “Well, it’s good to be back. This is the first time that we’ve done a camp with just the rookies.

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on his initial impression of the first day)Friday, April 29, 2005

"Well, it's good to be back. This is the first time that we've done a camp with just the rookies. I think it's a much better way to go, and the stage that we're in now, these guys have to experience quite a bit and learn quite a bit about what we do. And I think it was good for them."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he had a chance to evaluate the rookies)Friday, April 29, 2005

"Not really. This is really more for getting these guys information and letting them understand what we do. But I don't think there's anybody that is out there that was disappointing and we said, 'Oh my goodness, this guy is not what we thought they were going to be.' But we certainly aren't evaluating at this point. We just feel like we did the evaluation process and that's why we drafted these guys."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on teaching different techniques)Friday, April 29, 2005

"All these guys are going through a little bit of that, where the technique that we use is a little bit different than what they did in college. They're all going to take a little step backward, but we think in the long run that it's going to help them. And most of these guys are good enough athletes, they'll adapt to it. We do some things a little bit different than they were taught in college, and that's part of the adjustment period of being a rookie."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on DE-Vincent Burns)Friday, April 29, 2005

"He's what we thought he was going to be. He's a slippery guy who's going to be able to play inside. I think we saw enough of that today to be confident of that. He has the body that we like. He's a shorter guy, a low center of gravity, with great speed and effort. We're excited. He and Jonathan Welsh both look like they're going to be what we thought they were."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the defense)Friday, April 29, 2005

"We're always emphasizing speed and we want to just continue to bring that. We also want to be a little bit more physical, and I think the defensive backs that we drafted, for sure Marlin Jackson, Kelvin Hayden and Matt Giordano, I think they're going to help us in that regard. We always want to be faster, and I think we've moved a step in that direction this year."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the goal for these three days)Friday, April 29, 2005

"The goal for this, they have two weeks until they can come back on the 16th of May, and we want them to be able to come back with a little bit of a comfort level and a little confidence. We want to give them information about how we do things, we want to get them in conditioning and lifting programs that ties them into what our guys are doing now and have them be able to come back May 16th and not be so intimidated by getting in with the veterans and being able to swim a little bit. And I think these three days will help them."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on DB-Marlin Jackson)Friday, April 29, 2005

"I think Marlin is going to be a complete corner. I think he is going to be able to cover people. I think he is going to be able to break on the ball in zone coverages. I think he is going to be able to tackle well and be physical, and I think that's what corners have to do. I think you're going to have to be complete players in most situations to play well. I think we have a complete player."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on DB-Marlin Jackson has a chance to be like other DBs from Michigan)Friday, April 29, 2005

"I think he does. Lloyd Carr compared him and that was my first question: 'Who is he like?' And he said he's a lot like Ty Law. So we're hoping that's what we get. You certainly can't predict that you're going to have a Pro-Bowl type player, but I think he's going to be the same style of guy, and I think he's going to be like our guys were down in Tampa, a guy who makes big plays and is very physical."

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