Colts Postgame Quotes

Colts head coach Tony Dungy said the team wasn't as sharp as he had expected and that they'll have to play better next week against Dallas. Find out what else he and some of the Colts players told the media after the team's 17-16 win.

"Well as you can see there are no easy games in this league. Every week is tough. We found that out today, if you're not on your game it doesn't matter who you play, where you play, you are going to have trouble and today we wanted to get back to fundamentals. That was our thing all week. We played hard last week, we played with a lot of energy and effort. We made big plays but we weren't as sharp as we needed to be and I thought we would be a little bit sharper today. But the fumbles, penalties, things that can hurt you, but what happened was that they had a very good game plan. It wasn't anything we didn't anticipate. We thought they would take some chances on special teams. We practiced those plays. We thought they would try to shorten the game and run the ball on second and long and third and long. Our defense did a pretty good job, I thought, after the first drive and then we made some plays when we needed to. We got a couple of sacks when we needed to. We had to try at the beginning of the second half to get the lead and then we had to drive at the end to finish the game off. I wish we could have put it together a little bit better and been more consistent, but games are tough, so we got our ninth win, we know we have to play better next week and we will go to work on that." -- Tony Dungy

"I think we are just as talented (as last year). I think our offense in a lot of ways is playing better. We miss Brandon Stokley and I think our offensive game can still ratchet it up some when he gets back. Defensively we are not playing as sharp. Some things we are doing better on special teams and some things we're not doing quite as well. I think we had the same record but we are not playing as well last year." -- Tony Dungy

"...You never take a win for granted. The defense played excellent, put a lot on pressure on their quarterback and made some plays when they had to. Obviously, the first game really all season where we had some turnovers. Their system is similar to our defensive system where you are going to be somewhat basic in what you do and make the other team execute. When we scored points we executed and when we had turnovers we didn't execute. So when you do that it can be tough against a defense like that. Something obviously we need to improve on, but when we had to move the ball and run the clock at the end we did a good job of that." -- Tony Dungy

"You harp on the win, it was a good win. Obviously tomorrow we will go in and look and see. You like to avoid any kind of penalties that put you in second and long, third and long, that is a win for them. The turnover before the half is at least a 10-point swing, probably a 14-point swing because we were kind of in a rhythm, we were moving, had them on their heels a little bit and it was just a great play by them." -- Peyton Manning

"The pass rush was kind of back to what people are used to seeing around here. They made some critical stops. Certainly, they are always working to improve. No question we are injury-plagued on that side of the ball. All of a sudden Bob (Sanders) can't go, Monte's (Reagor) not here. There are some young guys stepping up and that is a real credit to those guys." -- Peyton Manning

"It was fun to go out there because the line was blocking great…I give all the credit to my lineman. I was feeling real comfortable out there today and I was having fun." -- Dominic Rhodes

"We watched a lot of film and looked for their tendencies and it helped. Coach (Dungy) does a good job of letting us know that every game is a game. On any given Sunday you can be defeated, so we have to keep our concentration and keep the hammer down." -- Robert Mathis

"It was good. We held them, I'm calling it, to two field goals. The one was just a great job holding them and the other was off the kick return. It was a good job. We got stout when we needed to. Like Tony (head coach Tony Dungy) says, this team knows how to win. There's something different every week and that's the NFL. That's what's different about this team from maybe other teams in the past." -- Rob Morris

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