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Peyton Manning Locker Room Quotes

  QB-PEYTON MANNING (on how it was attending the funeral of James Dungy) “Well it was obviously a tough day, but it was great to see Coach [Tony] Dungy and his family.

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on how it was attending the funeral of James Dungy)

"Well it was obviously a tough day, but it was great to see Coach [Tony] Dungy and his family.  Coach Dungy was incredibly strong and just an unbelievable display of strength and faith, and in many ways very inspiring to a number of our players."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on how the last two weeks have been to deal with)

"I don't think you can tie in what's going on, on the field and off the field.  This team has been very supportive.  On the field we've been just trying to improve each week, and that's the plan this week.  Try to improve during the week and try to get a win against Arizona and try to get ready for the playoffs."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on how the mindset has changed over the weeks)

"Anytime you have different things that come along, I think handling it is key.  We're dealing with what has happened to our coach and his family.  The way [Owner and CEO] Jim Irsay has responded to the whole situation and the way our players responded, it really makes me proud to play for this team and to be associated with these kinds of people.  It makes you want to continue to work hard to win for this organization and that's what the team is focusing on doing.  Guys have everything in the right perspective, and hopefully we'll be in good shape for the playoffs."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on having so many good teams in the AFC playoff picture)

"This year's AFC playoffs are going to be a slugfest.  We have the bye which is good, but I look forward to watching wild card weekend.  There are going to be four really good teams playing and only two teams can win.  San Diego's missing the playoffs and they're a good team.  There's going to be two teams that get beat on wild card weekend that are two excellent football teams.  So it just shows you what kind of conference it's been this year.  It's going to carry over into the playoffs for sure."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on no matter who they play it will be a tough game)

"No question, it's going to be an outstanding playoff run and all six teams are going to be excellent.  The key for us is we want to get a win this week against Arizona and just try to put ourselves in the best position to win in the playoffs."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if it will affect them going into the playoffs if they have lost three straight)

"It's certainly not what we want to do.  We don't want to lose any games.  Hopefully we can take care of that this Sunday."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on how good the Colts are at turning it off and on)

"I don't think you ever necessarily turn it on and turn it off, but obviously the key in the playoffs is to make the plays at the critical times and convert the third-and-ones and be able to punch it into the end-zone down on the goal-line.  The idea has been to get ourselves ready all season long for the playoff games and to be playing at the highest level."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on why he thinks the Colts will be playing their best in January)

"We're working hard and we've got good players and guys are focused.  But there's no question that it's going to be a tough challenge."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on how important it is to get Head Coach Tony Dungy back)

"We look forward to having Coach Dungy back, but like our President Bill Polian said, Coach Dungy wi

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