"All in all, it was a good day for us," Colts head coach Tony Dungy remarked to the media at his press conference on Monday as he reflected on the Colts' 31-17 victory over the Texans.
The Colts hadn't played at home since their Monday night win over the Rams back on October 17th, so Dungy was pleased to get a division win in front of the home crowd in Indianapolis. But he noted that it didn't come as easily as some people outside the Colts organization had projected heading into the matchup.
"It seems like every time we play Houston we have a little bit of a struggle in there for a period of time and then we regroup," he said.
Most noteworthy amongst the struggles were the special teams incidents that provided the Texans with the ball twice inside the Colts' 35-yard line. Colts players were hit by short punts, providing Houston with fumble recoveries that led to 10 of their 17 points. But they weren't as high on the Colts coach's radar as the kickoff coverage.
"I don't really look at those two fluke plays," Dungy remarked. "We missed Rob Morris and Keith O'Neil for sure [on kickoff coverage] and we've got to tighten some things up there."
Additionally, Dungy said two punt protection situations, especially one that nearly resulted in a blocked punt, were a concern.
"We had two punt protection breakdowns, the one they get the roughing, that guy is assigned to blocked and he shouldn't even be close to us," he said. "Little things that can come back to haunt you."
Despite putting 31 points on the scoreboard, Dungy assessed his offense's day overall as "okay" when he looked at the bigger picture.
"We were sharp on three or four drives," he said. "We had more three and outs than we normally have, which we don't like to see and we had some penalties that we don't normally have."
Defensively, Dungy seemed pleased that his squad was able to force 7 punts on the day and gave up just one long drive for a score at the beginning of the third quarter.
"All in all not bad," he said.
The low-key praise by the Colts head coach was probably a mixture of general satisfaction with a performance that could have resulted in a much more lopsided outcome had his team been a bit sharper -- and an effort to keep his team focused on weekly improvement as he has done all season. Especially with the 7-2 Bengals looming this Sunday, coming off a bye week.
But as he ended his comments about Sunday's game, Dungy was quick to add an important point in regards to his team's overall effort.
"Coming back after a Monday night game and getting the job done, that was a positive," he said.
Dungy: "All in all...a good day for us"
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