Tony Dungy Press Conference Highlights

Tony Dungy gives an update on the team, his thoughts on Tampa Bay and their wide receiver Joey Galloway, Indy's special teams, and Colts linebacker Rocky Boiman!

General comments...

"A big game this week. Obviously for us, we want to stay in first place going into our bye. We're playing a team that is pretty hot. They haven't given up a point in the first half since Week 1. So, they're playing well, doing a lot of the fundamental things well that you need to do to win. It should be a good game."

On how much of his defense he still sees in Tampa's current defense...

"Not as much on defense. They're doing some different things, some new coverages since I was there, but I think the basic philosophy is the same on defense, to run and hustle and hit and have a lot of active, fast players. So that part is still the same, but they're doing a few things differently."

On how well Tampa's defense is playing...

"They're playing pretty well. Nobody's really moved the ball in the first half on them. That's a sign of a good team. I think they're well prepared when they come out to play. They have some new defensive linemen that have played really physical. I think their two safeties have hit, done some real good things. So, it's pretty impressive watching them."

On WR-Joey Galloway moving around a bit...

"They move him around trying to get big plays to him and create some mismatches. He's their speed guy. They haven't thrown the ball a lot, but they have gotten some big plays to him that have broken open some games. So we have to be aware of where he is and what they try to do with him."

On he game in 2003 and where does that rank among birthday presents...

"That was one of my better birthday presents, for sure. To win that game the way we did, down there, the first time back in Tampa, it couldn't have been scripted better. Saturday is my birthday this week, so we'll see how the game goes."

On how, or if, things will change with LB-Rocky Boiman in the lineup replacing Rob Morris...

"They won't change. The same group that was in there at the end of the game, we had Kenton Keith and Aaron Moorehead and Bryan Fletcher and Rocky Boiman and Matt Giordano, and we outplayed Denver with those guys in the game. And that's what we're going to have to do this week if it comes to that."

On if Rocky Boiman and Rob Morris play the same way...

"Similar. Rocky knows his assignments. He started one game (at Tennessee) for us and played well that we won, and played a lot in that game. We really don't think about changing things when different guys come in the lineup."

On the kickoff coverage and if Adam Vinatieri is doing anything special kicking off …he has had a lot of deep kicks...

"Not really. I think we rested him in training camp and we didn't over-kick him, which I think was good. He is kicking probably half of the balls into the end zone. We've had very good coverage on most of them. We let two balls get out this year. Otherwise, we could be close to leading the league. But again, that's the thing about special teams, especially our kickoff coverage, we're going to kick off a lot and you have to be on it every time."


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