HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on today's morning practice) *Training Camp *
"We had a little rain, which helped us out. All in all, I was pleased with the way guys came back and ready to go. We have a short week so we are kind of tailoring it to get ready for the game. That's a little bit different; tomorrow we will get out of our training camp mode and do a little preparation for Dallas with what we know about them. All in all, pretty good."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on DT-Anthony McFarland's injury) Training Camp
"Anthony has a knee injury. It's the patella tendon. We don't know the full extent of it, if it's serious. I am a little hesitant because last year we had Dallas Clark ready to go on IR and then he ended up not having the operation and playing. It's something where he is not going to be back for the next three to four weeks or anything like that. It's a long-term injury. We have some other guys who will have to pick up the slack."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on his emotions going into a preseason game) Training Camp
"I am always excited when we play. You're excited to see different things. You're excited to see how some players are going to fit in the role that you have them that day. You're excited to see how your team is going to perform against someone else, so there are things that you're looking for and things that make the game a lot more fun than just a regular practice day."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the division of playing time for the preseason) Training Camp
"The first game, we pretty much do it the same way every year. Those guys [the starters] will get a couple series offensively and defensively. We have some guys that are second-team guys that we want to see against really good players, so we will ease some of those guys into it. Then we will probably have more of a mass substitution at the tail end of the first quarter. There are some things that we want to get accomplished with that first group and there will probably be 10 to 15 plays."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the rookies' playing time during the preseason, specifically WR Anthony Gonzalez and OT Tony Ugoh) Training Camp
"Those guys will play a lot, play in some different situations and they won't be limited to just 'You have five series here, you have four series here.' We will try to work them in some. We have guys on defense the same way, that we'd like to see them play with the first group."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on what he tries to get out of the preseason) Training Camp
"Just check my answers from the past nine years. You can use those. Obviously, there is the timeline and the change of tempos. You have the mini camp, then training camp when you put the pads on, training camp practices. Now you just got the games. You are seeing live action. Once again it goes along those same lines as trying to get as comfortable as you possibly can with any of your new guys. The quarterbacks are live, everybody's live, there is full speed hitting going on, so that always takes kind of getting used to again. It always takes a little work to get used to that again. Even after playing a number of years, I think it will be a good test going down there to Dallas. We will see some different defensive looks. It's a little bit of a challenge. You have no idea what they are going to do exactly. There is no previous film. So, probably a 3-4 defense, give you some different nickel and dime combinations. I think it depends on how much we will play, try to get some work. It will be a real good test for our young guys."