Dungy: We Are Going To Play To Win

Colts head coach Tony Dungy says he's not sure what the Colts' exact gameplan is yet, but you can be sure of this much: the Colts will play to win. See what Dungy has to say about preparing for a "meaningless" game, RB Clifton Dawson, QB Peyton Manning, what mindset he's expecting from Tennessee, and more!

General comments...

"I know the big thing that seems to be on everyone's mind is what we're going to do. I have gotten a lot of suggestions, but don't know exactly what we're going to do other than we are going to play to win. We're going to try to win the ballgame, we are going to play everyone. We would like to do what we did last week, which is play a little better than the previous week, win the ballgame and get a lot of people in. So that's the way we're going to approach it and hopefully we have another good week of practice."

On if he has received suggestions from the city of Cleveland or Cleveland Browns personnel...

"No, I haven't really. When I was in that situation the last time I was in it, you kind of realize that you have your opportunities and when you have to depend on other people, it's not a good feeling. So we're going to try to do the best we can, but really with our team in mind and our future."

On the last time he was on the other side of this situation...

"It was in 1998. We needed to win in Cincinnati and we needed someone else to beat the Arizona Cardinals. We won our game and we're flying home and we're about 40 minutes from Tampa and we heard that Arizona kicked a field goal in overtime to win it. And that knocked us out of the playoffs. Our thought at that point was we had a lot of opportunities—we had eight other opportunities—to win some games that year and we didn't, so you really can't blame anybody but yourself."

On how important it is for the young guys because they will be playing against Tennessee's first unit in a meaningful game...

"I think it will be a very good test for us. We were playing a team that was hot last week and had a lot of reasons to win. This will be like a playoff game because basically, for Tennessee, if they win they keep playing and if they lose they go home. So that's playoff atmosphere and I think it will be great for a lot of our guys to get in that and we'll see how some of our young guys do."

On RB-Clifton Dawson...

"Cliff's done a good job. That was one of the things we hoped last week, was to get he and Devin (Aromashodu) some work with the first group, and we were able to do that. And they showed that they can play and they belong. We always thought that, but it's good to see it verified out there on the field. Cliff has done a good job from the very first day of training camp when we had one-on-one pass protection against the linebackers. Everything he's been asked to do, he's done it, and it was great to see that show up on Sunday."

On QB-Jim Sorgi and having to maximize opportunities when he gets the chance to play....

"I know I had two starts in my lifetime in the NFL and they were when we had clinched the playoff position. We just happened to win both of those games, so I like to think I had something to do with it. But you look forward to it. When you are a backup player and you're going to get a chance to play, however that comes—you don't want to see people injured, that type of thing—but you want to play. And I think we'll have some guys that will play very well and just may surprise some people."


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On if he would like to get players like WR-Marvin Harrison and RT-Ryan Diem back for the last regular season game much like Dallas Clark came back last year...

"That would be ideal. I think that would be our best-case scenario. If it doesn't happen, because of how these two guys are and how much they've played, it's not as critical as maybe if it were an Anthony Gonzalez or someone like that. But in the best of all worlds, we would love to have them play a little bit."

On if he is confused by WR-Marvin Harrison's injury and situation...

"I'm not confused at all. That's what it is (a bruised knee), and when they say he can come back and will have no further or greater risk of injury, then that's when he'll be back. Now when we get to the playoffs and the games mean a little bit more, he may be able to play with the same condition that he hasn't been able to play with during the regular season. I didn't think it was confusing at all."

On there not being many long kicks in the last few weeks and if he would like to get K-Adam Vinatieri a long kick before the playoffs...

"That is one of the things, it's really been a strange deal. I don't know that we've even attempted very many. I would like to see him get a couple of long kicks, but again, we're not going to orchestrate it. We're not going to take a knee on 3rd-and-five so he can kick a long field goal. But it would be, again, in our ideal world, it would be nice to get one in."

On QB-Peyton Manning playing well of late...

"He's played pretty well. I thought other than probably the first 15 minutes of the San Diego game, I thought he's played well for the last 10 or 12 weeks. People can't really understand how difficult it is with the different guys we've had and moving our receivers around the way we have. He's playing very, very well."

On Tennessee playing with a ‘win and you're in' mentality or if he thinks they will approach it like another game...

"You play it like a playoff game, you certainly do. It is, because that's what the playoffs mean. If you win, you play the next week. If you don't, you go home. So there's that urgency that's there. I think that's one of the advantages they'll have, is they'll have that urgency and that motivation. We'll be a little bit looser I'm sure because if we win, we go on; if we lose, we go on. So for us, we'll be a little looser. We may see some of the things that (Titans Head Coach) Jeff (Fisher) has done in the past when it hasn't mattered."

On the victory vs. Arizona in the 2005 season finale and what it meant to win that game despite playing reserves for the majority of the game...

"You always want to win, and to see guys play hard and do some things that are going to help you in the long run, that's huge. Some of those guys are now playing bigger roles for us. Ben Utecht caught a touchdown pass in that game, and it was a portent of things to come. And that's kind of what you hope for."


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