Dungy: "It's a big game"

Colts head coach Tony Dungy acknowledged this week that Sunday's matchup is a "big game" for Indianapolis. Find out what he said about the Titans' running game, their trick plays, QB Vince Young and much more!

On a big division game...

"It is a big game. Early in the year, a division game, opening 1-0, the fact we split last year, I think all those things point to it being a great game, and we're looking forward to it."

On playing against so many former players...

"We don't really worry about that too much. I don't think Tennessee has a problem with knowing what we do. They've played us enough. They know what we do. We know what they do to a great extent, and usually the team that doesn't fumble the ball or doesn't throw interceptions, that kicks well and covers well and tackles well, that's who is going to win. So, again, it's not something that we've been really concerned with."

On if he takes it as a compliment that a division team would stock up with so many former players...

"I don't know that they're trying to stock up with our former players, but I think everybody is trying to get good players. They have a few good ones that used to play for us. We have one good one that used to play for them. Now, that's just the way football is. We've had lot of good players leave here, and several of them have ended up down there."

Dwight Freeney pressures Vince Young
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On what makes QB Vince Young special...

"He can do a lot of things. He's really a guy who is a winner. That's probably the biggest thing he's done for them, that when they're 14 points down or 17 down or they're 0-5, they still believe that they can win with him. And that is probably the biggest thing I think he has given them, is confidence, no matter what the situation is, that he can make it happen and they can win."

On if the Titans offensive rushing performance last week will change the way the Colts game plan for them...

"Not really. They had a couple of interesting formations. They got into some things that really gave Jacksonville some problems, but they have a good running attack. They have two good backs, a quarterback you have to deal with running the ball, too, so it makes it tough. But what we have to do is play aggressively, to get off the field on third downs, to stop them when we get the chance. That's what we didn't do last year in the second game really well. They converted a lot of third downs, and we have to look at how we can be a little bit better that way."

On the Titans running the ball under Jeff Fisher...

"That's their strength right now. They have at least two backs that can really pound it in there and run. They have a quarterback that they do some different things with that allow him to run. They've been a running team the whole time Jeff has been there, and they've had some really good backs in doing so. Whether it's the fact that he wants to be a running coach or the fact that they've had a lot of good runners, that is what they do."

On Tennessee and Jacksonville really slowing the game down against the Colts the last few times and if he expects to see that philosophy more...

"It's hard to say. I haven't really thought about how I would play us if I were another team, but that's what we're going to get. That's what New Orleans tried to do, and we were able to stop their run and get ahead. And that's what we have to do. In the games that we've stopped people and gotten ahead, that's the best way to take them out of that mode."

On how to counter that philosophy...

"I think we have to execute on offense, score when we get the chance. We have to make enough plays on defense to get people out of that mode. Again, we had some success in the playoffs. Baltimore tried to play us that way in the playoffs. Chicago did. We've had other games where it didn't work for people, but certainly the games that we lost, that was the M.O."

On watching for trick plays against the Titans...

"You do. You have to read your keys and you be on top of things and know that they could happen. Tennessee has not run many of them really since Vince Young started playing because they've been in games and I think they feel they can win the conventional way. But Jeff (Fisher) is a good coach. They're going to do what it takes to win. So, you always have to be on the lookout for those."


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