HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on Thursday morning's practice) Training Camp
"This was a very good day for us, probably the sharpest pre-game Thursday that we've had since I've been here. Very, very crisp, very few mistakes, and I think our guys are excited about getting ready to play on Saturday."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on rotations for Saturday's game) Training Camp
"We're going to really play our first group and really get them going. We'll probably get our offense out a little sooner than our defense. We'd like to have a good, crisp first quarter and then start to substitute."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on playing time for the first defensive unit) Training Camp
"I would think that our defense is going to play a little bit longer than our first offense, and then some of the younger defensive players will play even more than that. Obviously QB-Peyton (Manning), WR-Marvin ( Harrison), RB-Edgerrin (James), and OT-Tarik (Glenn) and some those guys are not going to play as long as some of our younger starters will play on defense. And then, offensively, we may leave some of that first group in. TE-Dallas Clark might play a little bit more in some situations. We're going to play it by ear, but we'll figure out who needs to play what to get ourselves ready for the regular season."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the importance of performance in preseason games) Training Camp
"I think for all of our guys who are trying to crack that lineup and get more playing time, the better you play in the games, the more practice reps you get and the more you play in the following games. So, all the young guys, it's important to them. We have some thoughts on how we think guys are going to play based on what they've done in practice. If they reinforce that, then they get more time the next week. That's what the game is all about."
HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on the difference between the Colts' average kickoff distance and the league average when it comes to keeping a second kicker) Training Camp
"The difference is that we don't want to be the league average. We want to be in the top five. We think that's important. Whether we have better coverage guys, whether we get there by kicking more touchbacks, there are a lot of ways to get there. Then what is the expense of getting there? If you're top-five in kickoff-drive start, but you suffer in another area because you're carrying an extra kicker and only dressing 43 other guys, you have to weigh all that out, too. But the big thing is that we want to be better on kickoff- drive start."