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Tony Dungy Press Conference-Oct. 24

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments) 10/24/05 “After watching the tape and looking at the game, it’s satisfying in a lot of ways.

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (general comments) 10/24/05

"After watching the tape and looking at the game, it's satisfying in a lot of ways.  Our number one goal was to get to 7-0, and we did that.  We wanted to play a complete game, and we didn't quite do that.  We had a little lull of about 7 or 8 minutes and that was disappointing.  We had a 14-0 lead and a third and long situation where we probably could have put the clamps on those guys, we let them out of the whole and gave them a score and then had a turnover and another score.  You really hate to have that, but the other 50 minutes was really pretty solid and pretty sharp in a lot of ways.  We played hard.  I thought we played very efficient on offense.  Edgerrin had another very, very good day.  Defensively, other than that eight minute span where our run defense was just a little bit out of kilter, the rest of the game was sharp and that's what we wanted to do.  Injury wise we made it through with nothing major, so all in all it was a good day for us."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the frustrations of the kickoff unit) 10/24/05

"That was disappointing.  We had a couple of new guys playing.  We had one situation early in the game when they ran the counter return and got it out and that really should have been stopped.  We had a couple of guys just not play that properly.  Because of that we got hesitant in covering from there.  We were looking for counters again and gimmick plays and not really being aggressive going down there.  So credit some of it to their plan and some of it to a real good return man, but I think it's something we can get straightened out and I don't think it's a personnel issue at all."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on being so good at something one week but bad the next week) 10/24/05

"Or one minute to the next minute.  That's a lesson that we have to learn, especially our young guys.  When you do make errors or you're not quite aggressive, or you are playing at 98% instead of 100 for whatever reason, everybody in the NFL is good enough to take advantage of it.  They had a return man that was good enough when we broke down a couple of times to give us some problems.  We saw the same thing last week on defensive.  When you play really good players, you've got to be on top of your game for 60 minutes.  I think that's a teaching thing that will help us down the road."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on RB-Edgerrin James) 10/24/05

"He's running really well.  I think we're doing a good job of blocking things up front.  I think [QB] Peyton [Manning] is putting us in the right situation to run the ball and be successful. He's running where the defense dictates us to run, and Edgerrin's making it happen.  We're getting blocking on the outside and everyone's a part of it.  That's the way our offense should function.  Edgerrin's been great, 800 yards in seven games is very, very good obviously."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if teams will start to not let RB-Edgerrin James run for over 100 yards each game) 10/24/05

"I don't think they want to do that.  I think they're just looking at the options and our three wide receiver set does a lot of things.  It brings extra defensive backs into the game, and puts people in a mode where they're kind of on their heals.  Houston came at us a little bit with blitzes and we got some one on one throws.  It's good when it's working like this.

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