Colts Press Pass: Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy talked to the media this week about the Colts' quarterbacks and running backs, kicker Shane Andrus' progress as an NFL kicker, and his thoughts on the importance of Bob Sanders getting some preseason work under his belt.

On kicker Shane Andrus...

"The thing that Shane understands is things do happen. Adam didn't kick in three games last year, so even if he doesn't make it, he has a chance to impress us. People that have kicked in our camp end up kicking for other teams, like Martin Gramatica is kicking in Dallas now. So, he knows he's going to get a chance to kick and he has a chance to impress not only us but also the other 31 teams. He's very professional about it and he's good. He's good enough to kick in the league, no question about it."

On Andrus taking a majority of the kicks in camp...

"It happens, and I think most kickers have been through that. They kick really well and they kick 90% of the time in practice and they don't make the team. They say, ‘How could this happen?' Many, many guys have gone through that process. I was with Nick Lowry in Kansas City and talking with him, he said that it was his 13th or 14th team that he finally ended up making, and he ended up being a Hall of Fame type kicker. So it happens. And those guys just have to keep plugging until the right team comes along."

On running back DeDe Dorsey feeling 'hyper' on the field...

"Well I think everybody is. I think that is part of it when you come back and you've had a couple days off, bodies feel a little bit better, and so much of the game is mental that you have to understand that it's thinking about what you do, being on top of your assignments, being on top of the details. So, that is part of the learning process as well."

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On running back Kenton Keith...

"Kenton did pretty well for his first time back. He stayed with it mentally and he was doing very well before he got hurt. So, hopefully he can stay healthy and continue to play well."

On players working to impress the coaches...

"Well, that is the way that you look at it. You are impressing the coaches every day, and that's what we tell those guys, that we evaluate how they are in the meetings, how they correct things, whether they get things corrected, what they do in the drill work, and it's not necessarily what happens in the games. So, you do have to really focus in on every practice and every period."

On needing to see safety Bob Sanders in the preseason...

"Well, it is not necessarily needing to see him, it's a certain amount of work to get yourself ready to go and for him to feel comfortable and get into the groove so you're not getting your timing down in the regular season. Everybody is a little bit different, but it's hard to come in and just go in and play. He did that a little bit last year and it was really remarkable. It is much better if you get that good amount of work in."

On only having two quarterbacks on the roster again this year...

"You know, that's been the way we've done it the last couple of years and it seems to work out for us. We get to keep another position player, so going in you probably have to think that, but every year when we get down to those last cuts we make that decision. But I would say going into it, that probably is the thought process."

On the importance of backup quarterbacks getting game reps...

"Well for Jim [Sorgi] and Josh [Betts] it's the time that they know they are going to get in the game. The time they get to show everybody else what they can do. And they get their timing in. The back-up quarterback is a tough position because once you get into the regular season, you don't get that game activity to keep yourself sharp."

On the dismissal of quarterback John Navarre being an indication of confidence in the other quarterbacks...

"It probably was, a little bit of both. We didn't really want to let John go at that time, but had some injuries on defense and Jim and Josh were doing well. It didn't appear that John was going to beat those two guys out. So, it was confidence in them but also trying to give John a chance maybe to hook on with someone else if possible- maybe, a combination of those three things."

 


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