Tony Dungy Press Conference

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on LaDainian Tomlinson and his ability to throw the ball and where that stresses the defense) “You never know when they’re coming.  You have to prepare for them.

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on LaDainian Tomlinson and his ability to throw the ball and where that stresses the defense) * *

"You never know when they're coming.  You have to prepare for them.  He's an excellent thrower and he's done it well.  It's part of their offense.  As much as you want to get around him and surround him and pursue, you have to really read your keys and be careful.  It puts an added threat in there."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the status of the passing game)

"It's certainly not where we like it to be, and it wasn't last week.  We like to be very efficient, and we have been, we've had a history of that.  When the guys come in in different jobs, they have to get that done.  It's tough replacing Marvin Harrison, but that's the standard.  That's what we expect and that's what you have to do.  Whether it's coming in as a backup offensive lineman or a receiver, you have to be able to function.  Really other than that, there's nothing to do but continue to work at it."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on going with three wide receivers vs. New England)

"A lot of our guys are interchangeable, and you have to use the tight ends some.  So whoever is ready to go, we'll expect to have our passing game in good shape."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how a safety's job changes when facing a great receiving tight end)

"It's certainly a different way that you're going to go in and play.  You're going to try to take away the other team's best weaponry.  I thought New England had a good plan with Rodney Harrison and many others covering Dallas Clark.  And it was smart.  It was a good plan and it worked pretty well.  You certainly are going to have a different plan going against (Antonio) Gates or a (Tony) Gonzalez than you are against a team that is running the ball and not using their tight ends in the passing game.  Hopefully we'll do some things and take him away.  We watched Minnesota.  They didn't do a whole, whole lot different, but they did a good job on Gates in limiting him to one catch, which is hard to do."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on TE-Antonio Gates being more than a tight end)

"He's a guy that is really more like a slot receiver.  He plays inside, and that's tough, because those guys have both ways they can go on you.  They can move him around, get him in motion, get him in different places.  He is a tough matchup for anybody."

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content

Single Game Tickets Available Now!

Single Game Tickets Available Now!

Join us at Lucas Oil Stadium for every exciting matchup this fall. Tickets are available now! Find your games below.

Advertising