Tony Dungy Quotes

  HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments) “It’s a little bit different routine for us, and we have to get going. (Tuesday) morning we got off to a good start.


HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments)

"It's a little bit different routine for us, and we have to get going. (Tuesday) morning we got off to a good start. It's a little tough coming back and practicing after just one day off, but I think our guys will handle it well. We have a lot riding on the game, obviously, so I think our concentration level will be there and be great. We're actually going to alter things a little bit, go at a little bit more of a slower pace, do a little bit more walk-through-tempo stuff and cut down our practice a little bit. Other than that, everything's going to be normal in terms of our time and preparation and we'll try to get one more workout in (Wednesday) before we fly out."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the toughest part of a short week)

"It's probably mental, pushing yourself to be able to concentrate. Both sides have the physical problems. You don't have as much freshness and energy. You'll get through that, but you have to push yourself to concentrate. It's a little easier knowing that we've played them before and they've played us so the preparation is not like investigating a new team, so I think it's going to be OK."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the team's injury status)

"It's a little hard to say, but we didn't really have anything happen in the game (Sunday vs. Detroit) that we have people banged up that shouldn't play, so it's just more wear and tear. (C) Jeff Saturday, I think, is going to be OK coming off his, but only having three days in between rather than a week may be a little bit tougher. Right now, there's nobody new that's ruled out."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if DB-Bob Sanders and RB-Joseph Addai will play)

"I think so, yes."

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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if DTs-Keyunta Dawson and Eric Foster will play)

"I think they'll go. They're going to practice. Keyunta feels very good. Eric Foster, they're working him with some different pads and we'll see how that goes. Right now, I would look for both of them to play."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if players sometimes make the Pro Bowl a season or two after they should and then continue to make it a season or two too long)

"That's the biggest thing I've seen. A lot of it is name recognition, and the hardest thing to do is go the first time. There are so many guys who deserve to go based on the year they have and they don't get to go that year. If there's anything disappointing about it to me, it's that. The baseball All-Star Game kind of has the same question. Should it be the people that the fans really want to see or should it be the guys who are having the best years? Should it be the teams that are winning? What about a guy like (Jacksonville RB) Fred Taylor who's had tremendous years playing in a small market and maybe on teams that weren't in the championship? You have to take the Pro Bowl for what it is. It's individual awards, and it's nice. I know it means a lot to the players, but hopefully they don't get too wrapped up in it."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on Jacksonville RB-Maurice Jones-Drew)

"I just like the way he plays the game. He attacks the game, he takes every carry like it's meaningful, he returns punts and kickoffs, he does whatever it takes for his team to win and he plays with enthusiasm. You couple that with a guy that has tremendous ability and you have a great player. He has punch, a lot like some of our guys. (RB) Dominic Rhodes is similar, (DB) Bob Sanders is similar. He's not very tall, but he's a powerful guy."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if the Colts looked at drafting Jones-Drew)

"We liked him a lot. I can't speak for (President) Bill (Polian), but my sense is if Joseph (Addai) had not been there, that's the guy we probably would have taken. Everybody liked him. Everything that he's doing now, you saw him do at UCLA."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on Jacksonville running the ball well vs. the Colts)

"They have. (Jones-Drew) and Fred both have broken a lot of tackles. A lot of the runs that we look at that are long runs, it's not that they fooled us or that we weren't ready for it, it's that we have a guy free that can't make the tackle on those guys and they end up being long gains. The times that we've played them well and tackled them, we've gotten a lot of guys to the ball and that's what you have to do."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how a team keeps Jacksonville from running well)

"You have to be aggressive. You have to hit those guys, but you can't assume that one guy's going to get them down. You have to stay on your feet, you have to hustle and you have to swarm to the ball. That's what we're going to have to do Thursday night."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if DE-Robert Mathis and TE-Dallas Clark are having their best seasons)

"I don't think Robert has had his best season. I think Robert has done some things. When we were playing him more he did some phenomenal things. We might have had some other guys having more flashy seasons, but Robert's been spectacular from the time he's been here. Dallas is probably catching more balls, but again, I don't know that this is his best year. Both of them are certainly deserving."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if the Colts have to tackle Jacksonville's RBs before they make their cuts)

"That's where they've hurt us, cutting back against the grain, getting us overanxious, overflowing and then cutting back. They both do a great job of that. I don't know if I'm glad that we're not going to see Fred Taylor because he's hurt us so much, but that probably means more carries for Maurice, so I don't know if that's good either. We just have to do a good job. Some games we have and we've held those guys down, and other games we haven't."

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