Tony Dungy: Postgame Comments

After the Colts' victory in Houston, head coach Tony Dungy shared his thoughts on the Colts' performance in the red zone, their special teams and pass protection, the Texans' performance and more!

On today's game...

"Another typical AFC South game where we had to fight all the way through to get this one. We're excited this time of the season, we had a tough home opener and then two road division games. It's going to be difficult, but we came through with our objective and that was to get these two road wins. I have to tip my hat to Houston. They played very tough and played most of the game without their two best backs and their best receiver and they continued to fight back. We made enough plays when we needed them and had some veteran guys who stepped up and made plays in the fourth quarter. I wasn't happy about the two penalties that cost us 10 points in the first half, including the long pass on third-and-one that allowed them back in the game, but hopefully we'll learn from that and continue to grow and get better. It's obviously a good start though at 3-0."

On how the Colts played in the red zone...

"We marched down there and we got some touchdowns. We missed (WR) Marvin (Harrison) down on one in the second half that we would've liked to have had back, but we scored when we got down there in the end."

On the plays made by special teams...

"I guess we were offsides. I stand on the line every kickoff and watch and then one later they called us offsides. That obviously hurt us because we had to re-kick it and (WR Jerome) Mathis scored. The punt, Hunter (Smith) tried to blast it out of there and we outpunted our coverage and those are dangerous guys when they have open space. Other than that we followed (Jerome) Mathis pretty well. Those were just two big plays that special teams got."

On whether the Colts' pass protection is tighter...

"Our protection is better, and they've got some good rushers. They've put a lot of pressure on people that we saw the first two games and I thought our offensive line stepped up."

On the improvement of the Colts this week...

"We did some things a lot better and we played their running game better. Obviously, they didn't have (RB Ahman) Green or (RB Ron) Dayne most of the game so that hurt them, but I thought we controlled the line of scrimmage better than we did last year down here. They're a better football team than they were last year, so I think for us to get a win, they're definitely better."


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On the aggressive play of the Colts...

"We want to come away with points and we prefer to come away with touchdowns. We did score every time we got down there and we scored a bunch of touchdowns we had some chances for touchdowns that we'll get sharper on and we'll be fine. I thought we moved the ball well against the defense that held the first two teams down really well."

On keys to third down conversions...

"We kept them manageable for the most part. We did have one third and long that we completed to (WR Anthony) Gonzalez. Other than that they were just a few yards where you can throw all your routes and throw the ball quick."

On the injury during the game to Texans DT Cedric Killings...

"After the (Buffalo Bills TE Kevin) Everett incident, I think we're all sensitive to that. Everyone is hopeful and prayerful that he's going to be okay."

On the injury to Colts WR Roy Hall...

"Roy has a shoulder injury and it was a heck of a collision, no question about it. That was the only injury that got reported to me."

On why the Colts are unable to put teams away...

"Well, we're playing good teams, and that's what I told our team. Everybody is going to expect us to win these games by 10 or 15 points and it doesn't always happen that way in the NFL. These teams are going to win a lot of games, so the fact that we only won by six or we only won by two really doesn't bother me. The way we gave up points bothers me because we shouldn't have those penalties. The fact that we're playing good teams and we're not blowing them out, that's no big deal."

On the improvement of the Texans...

"I think they are more confident and they feel like they don't have to do spectacular things to win games. Even when we were ahead, they never came out of what they do, they just stayed with their game plan. They're talented. Their defensive line is number one picks. They've got speed, return men and a great kicking game. They've got a quarterback who they believe in and is keeping them in games and making plays. What I've seen today and what I've seen on tape, they're a much better than the team that beat us last year."


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