July 30, 2003
LB-ROB MORRIS (on Coach Ron Meeks)
"Coach Meeks can be intense, and he also knows when to have fun. He's more of a player's coach, if you want to call it that. He's not the dictator type that gets down on you a lot. He builds guys up and that helps a lot."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on when DB-Donald Strickland will be able to take the field)
"I would say that it would be more than a week, but we will see. He's here now and able to get treatments every day and hopefully it comes along a little faster than that but we're not going to rush him into it."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on practicing red zone drills)
"Today was the first day in the red zone and we're just working in different situations so they're prepared for it. There is a different thought process, the intensity picks up and down in the zone, there is not as much margin for error."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on which side of the ball did better this morning)
"Defense was a little bit ahead. They were just a little bit more aggressive and the offense just took a little while to get into gear, and that's not what where looking for offensively."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on how he would assess where the defense is now compared to when he came in a year ago)
"We're ahead of last year. Obviously, we have more guys who know what we're doing, Dwight Freeney, Larry Tripplett and Joseph Jefferson were just getting on board last year and now they have more confidence and are playing more aggressively. We're still not quite where we need to be and we'll continue to work at it."
DB-DONALD STRICKLAND (on signing)
"I am extremely happy that we got everything taken care of and now I can just concentrate on football."
DB-DONALD STRICKLAND (on his injury)
"I honestly don't know how long it is going to take to heal. We are going to take it day to day and see how it goes. It is a little bit frustrating, but I am going to get out there as soon as possible."
OG-BRAD SCIOLI (on practice the last few days)
"We are making good progress on both sides of the ball. I think it is very competitive this year. The offense may have an edge. They came out tonight and put a hard effort in."
OG-BRAD SCIOLI (on Montae Reagor)
"I think Montae is a great addition. This year we have at least eight guys that we can play and rotate in. He will also add depth on the defensive line."
TE-MARCUS POLLARD (on his personal rating as a blocker on a 1-10 scale)
"I'm about 5 on a good day. This year so far, I've been about a 3 ½."
TE-MARCUS POLLARD (on why he was frustrated last year with his catch total)
"It was the opportunities that bothered me the most, not necessarily the numbers. I was doing more blocking, than getting down the field like I should have.