Colts Postgame Quotes

Tony Dungy and the Indianapolis Colts players had plenty to say after a well-earned victory over Denver. Find out what he said, along with comments from Peyton Manning, Marlin Jackson, Dwight Freeney, Dallas Clark, Raheem Brock and Joseph Addai!

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY

"I was joking watching these games, I said it is tough to get wins, but it really is. People don't realize how difficult it is to win every week. We are excited. We don't take any of them for granted. We got off to a little bit of a slow start, but I think a lot of that was due to Denver. We know they have a good running scheme and they have a really good back in Travis Henry that kept us a little bit off balance in the first half and kept the ball away from us. But when we got the lead in the second quarter, we felt pretty good. We felt like we hadn't played our best game, but we are one point ahead and we are getting the ball. I thought we did a good job of getting that first drive and taking it down in there. They were trying not to let us get big plays. We had to run the ball. I think Peyton (Manning) did a great job of running it and going to some of the other receivers. We have a tough offense to take everything away. They took a few things away but Joseph (Addai), Kenton (Keith), and Luke (Lawton) came in and ran the ball well. So it was a good team win. One we are excited getting."

On Denver's game plan...

"We had to kind of figure out what they were doing. We knew it would be a little bit different. Once we got a chance to look at the pictures and everybody got comfortable and we got in our minds we're going to have to run the ball, we did, and Joseph (Addai) got us going there with some runs. That helped us. And then we had to get the ball back for our offense. They held it a lot in the first quarter. We figured that would be there thought. It was just the way they were playing. They basically used Bly (Dre) and Bailey (Champ) on the outside guys and the backers were playing a lot of man coverage. We ran some play-action passes early and the guys were just turning their backs, running with our inside receivers. We knew at that point we were going to have to make them honor the running game. And that's when Joseph (Addai) got going."

On Colts' injuries...

"I really don't know what the status is yet. I haven't really talked to anyone. I hesitate to even think. Last (year), Dallas Clark had an ACL and was going to be out for the year and he was back, so we had a couple of knees, don't know extent of them. Joseph was actually ready to come back in the game and I told him that if we can hold them, if they don't score, we will keep you out and that's what happened. But it was a physical game."

On Dallas Clark's performance...

"He was on a lot of guys. They tried some different things. We had a little bit of a new formation, and we wanted to get Bailey and Bly on one side and then see who they put on Dallas (Clark) and they had a linebacker on him, they had safeties at times, they kept Bailey on him at times. We were looking at how they were aligned whether we wanted to run or throw."

QB-PEYTON MANNING

On the Colts' September success...

"I think every offseason we have put the previous season behind us. I mean, it is a testament to the way Coach Dungy's schedule has set up. It is a real credit to him that our team has come out and played so well early in the season. Obviously the key is to keep it going. He talks about the season in quarters. This was kind of the first quarter, so it sure was a good one."

On the 4-0 start three years in a row...

"They have been hard-earned wins. Guys have done a good job preparing each week, getting ready for each opponent. We truly take them one game at a time around here. You never take winning for granted. Wins are hard to come by. This is a good win today against a good football team."


QB Peyton Manning
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On the Colts injuries...

"You just hope and pray theses guys are going to be okay. Certainly today it seemed like a lot, lot of new faces in there. Coach Dungy always says guys have to be ready to step up and step in, and we did that. But you hope we can get some of these guys back. You don't like seeing those guys leaving the game due to injuries."

On more reliance on the running game today...

"Obviously they were playing a lot of double safeties, deep safeties and a real challenge this week was, the past two weeks, we have seen a lot of similar looks and haven't had a run over 12 yards. With the safeties deep like that, that really shouldn't be the case. So that was the real challenge today to finish some longer runs, hold our blocks downfield and create some holes. Offensive line did a great job. Joe and Kenton and Luke all ran well, but I thought the receivers and tight ends did a good job and we really answered the bell on that challenge from our coaches this week."

On not starting the game quickly on offense...

"That is two weeks in a row we have been down early in the game, and certainly it is not a panic situation, but there is a sense of urgency to go and try to get the lead. One of our goals was to try to get the lead on these guys, to put them in a one-dimensional phase and keep them from just running the ball and running the clock. It took us a little while to get the lead, but we finally got it there at the end of the first half."

DB-MARLIN JACKSON

On Colts defense...

"In the beginning we didn't tackle as well as we usually do. We had to weather through a storm today and I think we did that. It was a good test and I think it showed a lot of character and that we have the ability to be good, but we still have things to work on. They tried to break our will running the ball and we knew what they were going to do, but they came in and did it anyway and did it well. They had a game plan and they wanted to stick to and break us down, but we didn't break, we kept on fighting and made stops when we needed to."

On his interception...

"I just recognized the formation, he had a wide split and I just anticipated him running a slant and I jumped in front of it."

DE-DWIGHT FREENEY

On Colts defense...

"They came out with a great gameplan. They go out there and they gave us all kinds of stuff in the first half. We just had to settle down and figure out what they were doing. We finally figured out what they were doing."

On Colts injuries in the game...

"This is the game of football and unfortunately bad things like that happen. We just hope that those guys are not injured too bad and we can get them back for next week and then get some rest over the bye week."

On his sack in the fourth quarter...

"I thought they were going to take it away, again. You just keep working and you never know when it's going to come. They finally drop-back pass in that game. We waited all game for that."

RB-JOSEPH ADDAI

On adjustment of team to injuries...

"The backup players have to be ready. They have to learn like I did last year. I never started, but I was ready to come in and do my thing. Backup players have to know that they're one play away. You have to be ready to go out there and play when your turn come."

On success of running game today...

"It's really just understanding what's going on and working well with the offense. The offense has been doing a great job this season. You just need to keep playing games and getting more comfortable. The offensive line is doing an excellent job and we need to understand what they've got going on."

DT-RAHEEM BROCK

On bouncing back from slow start...

"They had a good game plan. We just weathered the storm, went into halftime and made some adjustments and came out and played good defense."

On setting tone in 3rd quarter...

"We always want to do that. We know that the game can break open at any time and wanted to keep our composure. We did a good job of weathering the storm in the first half and then coming back and playing Colts football in the second."

TE-DALLAS CLARK

On success of running game today...

"It was great to see the linemen take full pride in that. That's what helps us get the offense going, is getting the running game going, getting some big runs, moving the chains with the runs and getting some first downs. When you can do that, it takes pressure off the passing game and you just have to find different ways to do that."

On his alignment in offense today...

"I was outside a lot, which I wasn't expecting today. I knew we were going to try it a little bit and see how they adjusted to it. I think with some injuries that we wanted to go back to it just to see how it worked and we were able to get some things going."


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