"The big thing for us is we've got some new safeties playing, and those guys are just a little bit hesitant of going where they have to be," he explained. "So it's not so much that you're going to tackle more or you're going to tackle harder in practice, but as you're running your plays getting them to look at the reads that they get from the running backs, filling the hole in the right spot, going aggressively – what we call pulling the trigger – making sure you get there fast and to the right spot and turning the ball back to where your help is going to be. And those things -- if we do that better and play faster -- that'll improve our run defense."
Dungy also talked extensively about Ricky Proehl, provided updates on injured players such as Dallas Clark, Antoine Bethea and Bob Sanders, and how Joseph Addai is holding up physically and mentally at this point of his rookie campaign.
|Colts QB Peyton Manning (Getty Images/Brian Bahr)|
"We have to break out of that if we want to get to where we want to go," he said. "We're used to scoring 24 to 35 points. And we've moved the ball at the same rate – our yards are about the same every week, 410, 420.
"But we've got to take advantage of the scoring chances by executing on third down, by scoring in the red zone, by not coming up empty with the turnovers. And if we do that, we're going to be in good shape. But if we only get 17 points tonight, it'll be a tough game."
The Colts head coach said the team talked about their current situation as AFC South Champs during their team meeting Sunday night, and the importance of winning out to earn a first-round bye.
"It's like winning a playoff game if you're able to get that bye ….if we win our next three, we're in that boat, so that's the motivation for us tonight."
Listen in as Dungy talks about those topics in more depth, as well as the reason the Bengals are hot right now, what it's like to play against a Marvin Lewis coached team, and much more!
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