Dungy: Colts Can't Afford a Let-Down

Tony Dungy says he doesn't think the Colts will experience a let-down this week, nor can they afford one. Find out what he had to say about bouncing back from Sunday's loss, what he expects from the Chargers, their past success against Indy and more.

On if he worries about a let-down coming off a game with so much hype despite playing a good team on a Sunday Night...

"No, I don't think we'll have a let-down. I think we understand what's at stake, and really in losing (to New England), we can't afford a letdown because we have to get ourselves going and get back on the winning track. I think we'll approach it like we have every other loss. We've had some tough losses around here. We've had losses where people left us for far more dead than this, and we were able to bounce back from them. So I think we'll be okay."

On bouncing back from a loss…something they're not used to...

"For us, we had this same situation last year. We went to Dallas and had the lead in that game and didn't hold it against a good team. And we didn't think it was the end of the world, but we got into a stretch where we didn't play great ball. So that's what we have to avoid. Two years before that when we finally lost, it was really in a situation where we didn't have to win the game. So that probably doesn't apply. But this was the same thing as last year. You're playing a good team, you wanted to keep it going and we weren't able to. So we have to bounce back and do it a little bit better than we did last year."

On it being a tough month playing at Jacksonville, at Carolina, New England and at San Diego, and the emotional wear...

"We've had some physical games, we've had some very emotional games, and that's the NFL. Just about every week you have to play that way to win. To be honest, this one wasn't a lot different than us preparing for Jacksonville, even though maybe across the country it's seen that way. So I think we'll be okay."

On San Diego's defensive success vs. the Colts in the past...

"I always tend to look at personnel. Everybody looks at the fact that it's 3-4, whatever. They have some good rushers, and they get pressure on a lot of people. They got pressure on us the last time we played them, but they've gotten pressure on a lot of people. So we'll work on it and we'll see if we can get their guys blocked, and we think we will."

On what problems their pass rush poses...

"That's the key with the 3-4. You have four different linebackers that can come. They're trying to get mismatches trying to get those guys on backs, you're trying to get your backs out in the pattern. So there's a little bit of a chess match. And then even when you figure out who is coming, you have to get them blocked. Shawne Merriman and those guys are not easy guys to block even when you do get it figured out."


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On playing San Diego, who gave up an NFL-record in rushing yards to Adrian Peterson and if that will affect how they use RB-Joseph Addai...

"We're going to look at the tape and see how they got all of those yards. My sense is it's kind of an aberration. I have a hard time believing that San Diego is that type of defense from the way we've gone against them in the past. Peterson is a great back. We'll look at the plays Minnesota ran and try to get an idea if that's going to be helpful to us. Joseph is running well for us, and I know anytime you can be balanced and run and throw it, it definitely helps you. So hopefully we can have that same type of success."

On if he thinks they will get San Diego's best shot, trying to turn their season around...

"I think so. They're 4-4, which none of us expected at this point. They just came off a road loss. I know they play well at home, and the three games before this had played very well. So not sure what happened. We'll look at the tape and try to figure it out. But I know being a night game, we'll get their best shot. They're still in first place. It's not like they're out of it in their division race, so we expect to see that team that everyone thought they would see from them."

On the similarities between RBs-Adrian Peterson and Joseph Addai...

"They're both big guys, they're both slashers. I think probably if there was a knock on both guys it was that they didn't have a lot of carries in college. Peterson had been hurt a little bit and missed some time, Joseph was not really a three-year, full-time starter. But they're both explosive guys and they both can get in the secondary and make cuts and make people miss. Peterson is a special talent, there's no doubt about that."

On RB-Michael Turner...

"I'm sure we'll see him. LaDainian is a tremendous player, and everybody knows about him. Turner doesn't get the same type of notoriety because he doesn't get as many carries, but he's a tremendous back. They have a great one-two punch, and those guys know how to run the football, so we're going to have to be ready for both of them. Turner is obviously a guy who can make long runs when he gets in the open field and he runs with power. We're pretty familiar with both of those guys."

On WR-Chris Chambers...

"We've played against Chambers, and he's a great player, too, a guy who can, very much like (Randy) Moss, go up and take balls away from people, make catches in crowds. He has great speed, and he's familiar with their offense and terminology because of Coach (Cam) Cameron going to Miami. I haven't watched a lot of tape, but I know he's a guy that's going to help them."

On the status at WR...

"I don't really know. I know whoever goes out there will play well. Hopefully, they're all ready to go. Our guys seem to bounce back pretty quick, and I know they're anxious to play, Marvin (Harrison)'s anxious to play. Anthony (Gonzalez) went back in the game and finished the game, so I think we'll be okay, but whoever ends up out there, we'll expect them to do the job."

On the status at LB—Freddy Keiaho and Tyjuan Hagler...

"Hopefully they will be back. We're certainly going to need more linebackers this week. We kind of envisioned going with a lot of nickel and dime packages (vs. New England) because they were so heavy three-wides, but San Diego I know runs the ball with LaDainian (Tomlinson) so we're going to need our linebacker corps. Hopefully those guys can go, and we'll find out this week."


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