Tony Dungy Quotes

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments) “After looking at the game on tape, surprisingly, there were some good things. There were some good individual performances.

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments)

"After looking at the game on tape, surprisingly, there were some good things. There were some good individual performances. Overall, we just weren't as sharp as we needed to be. We're not going to make excuses about it. We would have liked to have played better, but we were able to win the ball game and stay healthy. Now, we have to look ahead to getting our 53-man roster set, and getting ready for Cleveland."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how he will make decisions on the 53-man roster)

"You have a basic design of how the team is going to be set up. But we have some injuries now that are really going to play into that. There are some guys who might miss this week, maybe two weeks, and the biggest thing will be how we deal with that. To get some individual performances change your mind a little bit, whether we should keep receivers, extra running backs, extra defensive backs or extra linebackers. You take the basic format of the numbers at each position and you try to work from there."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on whether injuries play a factor in selecting the team)

"Injuries complicate things a little bit because you want to win opening day, and that is important. All in all, you still have to look down the road for the good of the team. You can't get to hung up on who may or may not play this week."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on LB-Gary Brackett)

"He's got energy and gets to the football. He is a very smart player. He's been impressive from day one, and the fact that he's gone in and played with the first unit, and really hasn't had any major malfunctions, that really says a lot about a rookie."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how an undrafted free agent like LB-Gary Brackett can succeed)

"In Gary's case, it's just the tale of the tape. You can watch the tape and see a very good player, but people have a hard time pulling the trigger on a guy who doesn't measure up to the so-called standard height, weight and speed. I think Gary is an exception. But he's a good player, and he's a good player on tape."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on WR-Brad Pyatt)

"Brad is an interesting guy. He's got good hand-eye coordination. He has good burst. He can catch the ball well and makes good judgments in the return game. That's something that a lot of young guys don't do, and he has acceleration. He would be a returner and a developing receiver, and he has a chance to develop into a good receiver. He's got everything you need."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the high number of turnovers created by the defense)

"We have some guys who can put pressure on the passer. We have some explosive guys who can create some turnovers, and that's a good sign. I think we can continue to do that."

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