Colts Postgame Quotes

Get the postgame reactions to the Colts' victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday from head coach Tony Dungy, QB Peyton Manning, TE Dallas Clark, FS Bob Sanders, and WR Reggie Wayne!

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY

"We are very proud of our team. We talked a lot this week about what we wanted to accomplish. Winning the game was number one. We also wanted to do some things a little bit better and I thought we did. It didn't have a lot riding on it standing wise but the way we practiced and how we came and played, and with a lot of our young guys coming up and performing. It was really a good win for us. It feels good to get to 13. We want to defend our home turf. That is always important for you. There were just a lot of positives today. But more than anything, I was just really impressed by the way our team came out and played and the level of precision we had."

On red zone performance...

"We moved the ball on the first drive, got in the red zone, didn't convert on the third down, had to kick a field goal. Our defense getting the ball right back for us really helped. But we knew it was going to be the type of game where we were going to have to just take what was there. We had put a lot more emphasis on the red zone and executing and we got some of those balls in, a couple of catches, Dallas (Clark) and Reggie (Wayne) getting the ball in, Joseph (Addai) had a touchdown run from in close. That was a point of emphasis. It was good to see us get some things done in the red zone."

On today's performance...

"We thought we would get some chances to run the ball this week because of the way they played defense, and we did. When we got those opportunities, we ran it well. We thought it would be a major test pass protecting. They had put a lot of pressure on the quarterback the last couple of weeks. I thought we did a good job on Mario Williams (DE), who had been outstanding on the tape we had seen. So we protected better, ran the ball better. Defensively we wanted to play with energy, and the first drive, we really didn't have that. We had some mistakes, but after that we did a good job. We got the take-a-ways. All in all, all the way around I thought we played pretty well."

On holding out players next week...

"We will take a look at it. We still have some things that we want to do better. This was really the important game for us. We wanted to get that taste of not really playing our best game against Oakland out. And we will look at it. There will be some guys that we might hold out next week. Especially once we get the medical report. Anthony Gonzalez could have gone back in the game. We kind of kept him alive but wanted to keep him out. Joseph Addai could have gone back in the game and those guys are not nicked up too bad. We will have to see on (Ben) Utecht and Tim Jennings."

QB-PEYTON MANNING

On Dallas Clark...

"Dallas gets it done. He does a good job. He has been a good guy running after the catch since he has been here."

On Dallas Clark breaking Mackey's record...

"It is real special. That is a great record for Dallas. We are happy about that. I knew he was kind of approaching that. Great to see him get two touchdowns today, came at a critical time for us. That was a big lift for us. We got stopped on the first series down there and settled for a field goal. To get a couple touchdowns to him and like you said, John Mackey, arguably the greatest tight end of all time. Anytime you are mentioned in the same category as him is special and I am real happy for Dallas."

On what what was accomplished today...

"The main thing this week was we wanted to win. Certainly our execution was solid offensively, much improved from last week. We had a good mix of the run game, we had good protection in the drop back pass and the play action pass. We wanted to be productive there in the red zone especially. We got down there inside the 2 (yard line) with our goal-line offense, we slammed it in there. We got stopped a couple times last week. The main thing was the win which we accomplished, but also there were some things offensively we wanted to correct from last week and I thought we did that today."

On the two 92 yard touchdown drives and getting many guys involved...

"We did. We had a couple of long drives there. We really didn't have good field position, their punter did a good job backing us up. When you are backed up, your first thing is to protect the ball, try to get past the twenty to change field position. Anytime you can go the whole distance there it can be pretty deflating for a defense. Like you said, we spread the ball around, we had some good runs, and didn't really have hardly any third-and-longs. The main third downs were short-yardage situations and anytime you can stay in that kind of mode it means you are doing some good things on first and second down, kind of keeping the defense on its heels."


TE Dallas Clark
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TE-DALLAS CLARK

On former Colts TE-John Mackey...

"Yes, I was fortunate enough to meet him. I won the Mackey Award my last year at Iowa and at the presentation of the award got to meet him. A very great man, just hearing from Coach Dungy telling me how he played. The great thing about meeting him was seeing his passion, even at his age he truly loves the game of football. To be in the same sentence as to what he did to this position, I think really kind of revolutionized the tight end position, and to be in that category with him is a true honor."

On this game not having major significance...

"You never know how a team is going to respond when you pretty much, technically have nothing to play for and I think the coaches did a great job this week of really not reminding us of that. It was business as usual all week and it was never, ‘Hey, we are going to pull guys out.' Let's go out and play Colts football, and that is what Coach Dungy stressed all week. It was great to see and shows you the mindset of this team and the maturity of it to respond with that. Guys could easily have just kind of gone through the motions, but we went out and had a lot to prove to ourselves and just wanting to get better and I think that is a credit to the coaches down to the players."

On how the Colts will approach the Titans game compared to the Texans game...

"I don't know. I didn't really know how this game was going to play out with whether we got a lead or if we didn't get the lead. This week obviously it's a little different as it is one week closer to the playoffs. I am sure Coach Dungy and the staff will sit down and talk about that and come up with a great solution and great plan and we will be happy. If it's four quarters great, four plays, whatever. We just go out there and do the job until they pull the plug."

FS-BOB SANDERS

On the team's performance...

"Overall, besides that first drive, I think we played well."

On his interception...

"I dropped one, man. I let one get away from me, but the one I did get was a big play. We went down and scored right away on it. Three safeties had picks today, so all around it was a good game."

WR-REGGIE WAYNE

On his one-handed touchdown catch...

"However the ball comes it's just a natural reaction. It's my job to just make it happen, make the catch and that's what I try to do."

On the team's performance...

"There's no letup. We have the second seed secure, but there's no letup. We're trying to go out there, win games and play good football. We wanted to get some stuff established today with some new guys and we were able to do that."


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