Colts Postgame Comments

The Colts admit it wasn't ideal or pretty, but a win is a win. Get the postgame reactions following Sunday's victory in Indianapolis from Tony Dungy, Peyton Manning, Gary Brackett, and Adam Vinateiri.

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY

"They needed a win just as badly as we did. They came out and played hard. They had a pretty good plan, actually blitzed us a little more than I thought they would and came after us. We were a little out of sync on offense but we came up with a couple of drives when we needed them. I thought our defense held us in there. We got a couple of takeaways and scored enough to win. Good to get back in the win column and get ourselves going. We have another game coming up in four days that we have to get ready for and another one that we need to win. But it is good to get this one and it was good to have to fight our way through it."

On Adam Vinatieri...

"No, Adam doesn't need anything. This was the way to play the game, for us to win it or for them to have the ball backed up at the end. We executed today. We didn't quite execute last week. No, Adam is fine. I got that question about that inside, something was said on the broadcast, but no he is fine."

On the reviewed play...

"No, I didn't think he controlled the ball all the way down. Terry McAulay (Referee) told me that he had it long enough and then lost it. Just a difference of opinion."

On today's performance...

"We missed some throws that we normally get. They came after us a little more and we weren't able to run it quite as well as we would have liked in the first half. We ran it a little bit better in the second half. But we just have to get back in rhythm and I think we will be fine."

QB-PEYTON MANNING

On the fourth down play...

"You would have to talk to Coach (Dungy) I guess. He was the one that called it. He said to go for it on fourth. If we don't make it, we have timeouts. They will be backed up, one timeout, we get it back. Kind of like Jimmy Chitwood (from the movie Hoosiers) said in Hoosiers, ‘I'll make it.' Changed the play and gave it to the workhouse and got it in there. I said, ‘I can make it on the sneak.' Joe had done a good job of kind of piling it down there. I think we kind of got them, maybe we sort of did some little snap count there, kind of some fake snap counts making them maybe think we were going to draw them offside. I can't speak for them, but maybe got a little heavy in their stance thinking he is not really going to run it and then finally once we got it, we had a pretty good surge and got it pretty cleanly. And from there the right thing to do was to run the clock down and not give them a chance. Adam made a great kick there at the end."

On the offense not being in sync...

"I guess so. Certainly our defense did a great job holding their offense down. We didn't have to score a lot of points. We had a couple drives there where we hit some plays, but certainly we weren't as good offensively as we want to be."

On what he attributes the offensive struggles...

"Hard to say. It is probably the truth, and I can't exactly give you every single answer, maybe I don't want to give you every single answer, every single reason why. There is definitely, probably some truth to that. We need to start playing a little better offensively and being more efficient and not counting on our defense to hold their offense to ten points. Usually you hold the other team's offense to ten points, you feel you ought to win the game pretty soundly, not necessarily on a last minute field goal. You certainly take it, but we need to play better and take some pressure off our defense."

On the injuries...

"That is one thing that we don't use as an excuse. We have the old quote, ‘It is what it is,' and there are really no surprises as to who isn't going to play on Sunday. We kind of know all week who is not going to play, so you have time to practice and get some guys ready and you have to find a way to make it work with whoever is out there. That is something that we don't point to obviously. Every week you hope you get a lot of your players back just for the sake of getting them on the field. You would like everybody to have a chance to play. We still need to make it work with the guys that are out there."


Adam Vinateiri
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On Adam making the field goal after missing four in a row...

"Sure. I think everybody has seen that. Like I said, there was no hesitation there after we went for it on fourth to get the first down. Obviously it was coach's call, but that is what we were going to do last week as well, obviously. We got the first down and they (the referees) took it away. That is the correct football way to play it and Adam made a great kick."

LB-GARY BRACKETT

On getting the win...

"A win is a win. At this point, we just need to get back on track and start a winning streak."

On defense playing with injuries...

"It's tough. Throughout the year you're going to face adversity at times. You just have to fight through it. Guys whose numbers are going to get called are going to have to step up, and they did. (Dwight) Freeney brings a lot with his pressures on the quarterback. His pressures are definitely felt out there on the field. He's definitely missed. But Josh (Thomas) did a good job out there today and we have Simeon (Rice) coming in on 3rd down. So, I think we'll be all right."

On quick turnaround to Thursday's game...

"You get one day off, rest a little bit and enjoy the victory. Then you come back to work on Tuesday and get ready for Atlanta."

On defense only allowing one score...

"We still want to get better. We still had some breakdowns in the 3rd quarter. So, obviously we want to get better in that phase."

K-ADAM VINATEIRI

On the game-winning kick...

"Those are never easy, especially when the game goes the way it did. It's good to get a win, and that's all that matters. We'll move on and fix some things we need to fix. The win was hard to come by and it was interesting at the end."

On missing two field goal attempts...

"The first one got tipped and the second one I just missed. You start thinking about going faster and let your mind screw with you a little bit and unfortunately that doesn't help any time. You have to put those behind you and move on and hopefully get another opportunity later on."

On whether or not he's injured...

"Ten weeks into the season there's probably a lot of guys who are dinged up a little bit. We try to do everything we can to get back on the field and try to be productive and that's really all I have to say about that. I'm fine. The misses are because I missed, not because I've got anything that's keeping me off the field. I'm going to be out there doing the best I can to help the team win."


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