Tony Dungy Quotes

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he is curious about how things will go Sunday) “I think you’re always anxious for that first game to see how your team does. You have a good feel coming out of pre-season how it’s going to go, but you don’t know for sure.


HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he is curious about how things will go Sunday)

"I think you're always anxious for that first game to see how your team does. You have a good feel coming out of pre-season how it's going to go, but you don't know for sure. You want to see how they're going to perform and you really don't know until the lights come on that first night. But, I feel good about our team, where we are, and I think we'll play well."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if the new no-force out rule will have an impact)

"I think it'll have a little bit of an impact on balls that you throw up around the sidelines and in the back of the end zone, fade routes. You have to be more conscious offensively of making sure you have enough room to catch the ball. I think that could show up, not many times, but in some big, big plays and big situations.

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the speaker in a defenders helmet)

"It's worked fine for us. The only issue you have is it is going to go out on some contact, some tackles if you have it on linebackers. It has gone out for a play or so, but for the most part it's been good for us."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on deferring on the coin toss)

"I would only see that coming into play if you had real, real strong wind one way or the other. Most of the time, I know for us, we're going to take the ball if we win the toss. I think most people feel that way. If you have a situation where you want to make them make the decision, 'Would I rather have the ball first or rather go with the wind in the first quarter?' That's a decision that happens in windy stadiums. In Giants Stadium I could see that being a factor, but most other places we play – I can't remember ever being anywhere other than Giants Stadium where I would have deferred."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if there have been any issues with the defensive headset)

"Not really. We've been used to having it on quarterbacks who don't get hit very often. Occasionally on the quarterback after a play it will go out. I would assume with the linebackers that'll be more, but how much more I don't know that anyone knows yet."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if the defensive headset has made communication clearer)

"Oh, it definitely helps you. You can wait a little longer as a defensive signal caller. You can talk, you can change calls a little quicker before you get to that 15 seconds, so it does help."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if there are any disadvantages to the defensive headset)

"There haven't been for us. People that use a lot of different packages and have different guys in and don't have one guy that's in there a lot, I think that you are signaling some and then talking some; that might be a little harder. But, for us, it's been good."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if it has taken so long to get defensive headsets because of rules favoring the offense)

"No, I wouldn't say that. Most people didn't have confidence that we could have a system that worked and they were worried how long it was going to hold up. If mine goes out, would you still have yours? That's a disadvantage. They always told us with the quarterbacks, 'If this guy gets hit, we don't k

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