"Again, it's always nice to be talking after a win, and the way things went yesterday in the league, I guess we can count ourselves pretty fortunate to get a win. Looking at the tape, there are a lot of good things that went on and a lot of positives overshadowed by a couple of mistakes that made it tough. That's what life is like in the NFL. One play, when you're going into score, they knock the ball loose, pick it up and run it in for a touchdown, changes the whole chemistry of things, and that's what can happen. So, you have to be on top of it and make sure that you're making those plays and not giving them up. We have enough to work on to keep us busy this week. I thought Buffalo came in with a really good plan and executed it well, made us be sharp and we weren't quite sharp enough to pull away from them. But all in all, we're happy with being 9-0, happy with getting those AFC victories. Now, we have a couple of NFC games coming up and teams that we don't know quite as well that we'll have to go to work on. But we're pretty happy where we are and hopefully we can continue to progress."
(on the Nov. 26 game vs. Philadelphia being moved to 8:15)
"It's much better being at home, that's for sure. The night games on the road are tougher on you. It's a good thing, I think, the fact that TV wants us and it's going to be a national game. I think we'll be ready for it and I think our players will embrace it."
(on having close games this year as opposed to last year)
"What happens in most games in the NFL, you're in the fourth quarter and you have to make some plays to win the game, offensively, defensively, special teams. And that's what happens. So, to get yourself ready to know that that's the way it's going to be and to do it gives you confidence when you get in that situation again, ‘We've been here before.' And it's usually a matter of doing what you're supposed to do, not doing anything spectacular, but being able to do what you're supposed to do. Fortunately, we've been able to do that most of the time in the fourth quarter this year. We'd like to not put ourselves in that position. We'd like to do some things a little bit better in the first three-and-a-half quarters, but if we get there, we have a lot of confidence. I think that's going to be good for us down the road."
(on the decision to play DB-Antoine Bethea in the box on defense instead of Marlin Jackson)
"It was just a better way to practice this past week not knowing if Bob (Sanders) was going to play or not. We've kind of put Marlin in a tough situation. He's practiced at about four different spots, at corner, nickelback and now at both safeties. We didn't want to practice him places where he wasn't going to play and then by the same token, we didn't want to put him in places where he hadn't practiced. So, it was a little easier for Antoine to do it this week with all of the dynamics of who may play and who may not."
(on the Dallas Cowboys)
"Dallas has some unbelievable stats for a 5-4 team. They're way up in the league in offense. They're running the ball very well. Since (Tony) Romo has played, they've been really explosive in the passing game. They're tough in terms of yardage given up defensively. They have a big spread in yards gained and yards allowed. They have a pretty big spread as far as their points scored and points allowed. Yet, they're just one game above .500. So what it shows me is a very talented team that when they're playing well, they're going to be tough. It's a team we don't know a lot about. We haven't played them since Bill Parcells has been there, so our coaching staff will have a couple of days to catch up and then try to transmit that to our players on Wednesday. But I think we're going to see a big, physical team that's going to try to run the ball at us and run inside and then get big plays to their wide receivers. I know (Terry) Glenn didn't play last week. We're going to assume that he'll be playing. They have two guys that can make plays up the field, two backs that run hard inside and they have a 3-4 defense with big linebackers that we're going to have to get blocked."
(on how the team has responded to starting 9-0 consecutive seasons)
"I've really been pleased with the way we've responded. We've worked well, we've practiced well. We haven't always played as sharp as we can play, but week in and week out, we're ready. There has been no thought, I don't think, on our team of, ‘Oh, well, we'll just wait for the playoffs and see what happens in January.' We've worked hard to improve. I think our veteran guys have really set the tempo for our young guys, and our veteran guys have come up with crucial plays when we've needed them. So I think we're doing just what we need to do. I think we'll be a very determined team when we roll into December and I like where we're headed."
(on how mentally tough this team is)
"It's hard to say. I think our teams the last couple of years have been pretty mentally tough. We've been able to go on the road and play, and we were kind of joking about that in the locker room yesterday after the game. We seem to play better on the road. We know what the challenge is going to be and we seem to prepare for those challenges a little bit better. But the teams that we've had have been pretty mentally tough all the way through, and this one is, too."
(on with ratings and networks wanting Colts games, if he thinks the Colts may be ‘America's team')
"It's hard to say. I guess from our perspective, we still look at ourselves as still the Midwestern, small-town team. We have, obviously, some high-powered stars and guys that I would want to see play, but I don't think we have the personality necessarily of some of the other teams in the league. And we kind of like it that way. Hopefully, people like to watch us because of the way we play."
(on with starting 9-0 in consecutive seasons and the record the Colts have had the past couple of years, how do you not take it for granted)
"I don't take it for granted, and I stress it to them every week. I've been in the league a long time and been with some really good teams and some consistent teams. I have not been around a stretch like this. But I do appreciate it and I want our team to appreciate every win. People say, ‘You just beat Buffalo by one point, you just beat Tennessee by one point,' but just look at the league yesterday. It's hard to win week in and week out because you're playing against good competition, so many things can happen and finding ways to win is what the NFL is all about. So, I enjoy every one of them."
(on if he plans to see K-Mike Vanderjagt before the game and speak to him)
"I will see him and do plan to talk to him before, hopefully, and afterwards, just like with all of our others guys. I talked to Larry Tripplett after the game, David (Thornton), Marcus Washington. I enjoy all of our guys, and I enjoyed Mike when he was here. I used to talk to Mike a lot and Mike was one of my favorite guys. Mike spoke his mind. Mike was really not a problem here. We had one incident that we had to work our way through, and we did, and other than that, I had a great time with him. Mike kicked well for us. I always had confidence that he was going to make kicks, and he made a lot of big kicks for us. We've talked a couple of times since he's been down there. Mike's a guy that I've appreciated. He's been a big part of a lot of the wins that we've had here in the last four years."
(on what stands out about Bill Parcells)
"Bill knows how to win in the NFL. He's a guy that's won a lot of different ways, basically won with physical play and with few mistakes and playing smart football and tough football. But he can win a lot of different ways. He's been at different places with different quarterbacks, different styles of guys, but he gets people to buy into his way of doing it and he gets everybody to believe that winning is the important thing. And that's what they have going in Dallas and I would expect them to make a stretch run here. That's what his teams have always done."
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