Colts Postgame Quotes

Get postgame comments following Sunday's loss to San Diego, from head coach Tony Dungy, QB Peyton Manning, WR Marvin Harrison, FS Bob Sanders, and more!

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY

"It is always tough. You have a lot to look forward to and you come in with high expectations. You come in looking forward to playing next week and when you don't win the game, it doesn't turn out that way. There are a lot of disappointed guys in there including me. But you have to give a ton of credit to San Diego. They came in with real adversity. One of their big time players was hurt and slowed down a little bit, then (LaDainian) Tomlinson goes out, the quarterback goes out and they find the way to make the plays to win it. We said all week it would be a matter of moving the ball pretty well, we felt confident about that. We couldn't allow them to win the take-a-way battle, and we didn't get our points in the red zone. We got down there a few of times and had some give-a-ways and that is what they thrive on. You just have to give them a lot of credit. They made the defensive plays to win it when it counted. We weren't quite sharp enough. I loved our effort. I loved their effort and they just made a few more plays than we did."

On going for a field goal instead of touchdown...

"We thought about kicking a field goal, if you can get a stop, then you only need a field goal. We had a couple of plays we liked down there. Also my thought was if we can stop them from not getting the first down, then we get the ball back around mid field. They got a great punt. (Mike) Scifres is excellent and he got a good punt. We had to go a little bit farther then we had hoped. But, yes, I did think about it."

On Marvin Harrison...

"You have to look at the first time he catches the ball, he ends up fumbling it. It could happen. I thought he was ready to go. He played hard and, well, just his knee got fatigued at the end, so we got him out and got Devin (Aromashodu) in. But I thought he did as well as he could have under the circumstances. It was just one of those games where everyone gave everything they had."

On returning as Colts' Head Coach...

"Well this game won't really affect it at all. You are always disappointed when you lose the last game. We will analyze it as this coming week goes on. I will sit down with my wife and talk with Jim (Irsay) and we will come to a conclusion. I think we all are disappointed now and we are looking forward to next year and improving things."

On third down conversions...

"We didn't do a good job getting those guys stopped, no question about it. We did an okay job on the running game, but there were some big third down conversions for them. We had a big penalty on the third down stop and we didn't get them stopped on those screen passes. They had an excellent game plan and they played well."

QB-PEYTON MANNING

On not finishing drives...

"I don't know if you could summarize it quite like that, but certainly some truth to that. We did do a good job moving the ball. San Diego tightened up down there in the red zone. Of course, it's disappointing that we couldn't get it in there in the end. Got down there, did a good job getting it down there, just couldn't quite finish it and that was certainly disappointing."

On the disappointment of the game...

"It is certainly disappointing. I think that means it matters to you. It means you care, it means you worked hard and certainly we have put a lot into this season going all the way back into March. It's disappointing that it finishes with a loss, there is no question about it."

On the 14-14 start setting the tempo...

"Passing game was pretty effective. I felt like I was in a good rhythm. Protection was excellent. We were hitting some things, seeing some guys and spreading the ball around a little bit. It was certainly the way you want to start out the game on the first drive getting points."

On Marvin Harrison...

"It is hard for me to speak for anyone else. After the game he told me he did the best he could. That is all you can ask for in a teammate for a guy to do the best that he could. I think there towards the end the coaches saw something, it looked like he was kind of hurting towards the end, so I guess they made the switch and put Devin in there who made a couple plays. That is all you can ask for a guy to do the best he could."


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WR-MARVIN HARRISON

On knowing if he would play again this season...

"I never knew. The main thing was to work week in and week out and try to get better. At this point you ran out of time and you just had to make a choice to go out there and play and give the best you can."

Was he 100% for the game...

"I did what I could do, that's the bottom line. There's no percentage on that, I just did what I could do."

On not being in late in the game...

"It was a coaching decision. I don't know how it came down, but at that point in the game we were better off probably without me out there, which is probably the right call anyways."

On being confident about being back next year...

"I'll be fine. The end of this year there was no more time left and I've been out for a long time now, trying to heal, and it's been getting there but very slowly. Like I said, it was play now or never because you never know when the next game is going to be and today we made the decision to do it."

LB-GARY BRACKETT

On the game...

"Like Coach says, it ends abruptly. Obviously we didn't expect this. We didn't play as well as we should of. The Chargers had a good game plan and they won."

On the defensive performance...

"We didn't get them stopped. I don't think they punted all day. Third down conversions, either we got a penalty or we just didn't get them stopped. Anytime you let them stay on the field they start to figure out things offensively and they move the ball and that is what they did today."

On San Diego's injuries...

"Regardless of whose out there if we had won, it wouldn't have made it less of a victory. Regardless of who was out there, we didn't get them stopped and they did a good job executing and they won the game."

DB-KELVIN HAYDEN

On stopping drives...

"We could have done better on stopping third downs. That's the part that hurts. They had third and long and then make a key play, it was frustrating."

On next year...

"We'll be ready. We are going to prepare like we always do and be back next year."

On odd plays...

"Sometimes that's what happens in games like this. You just have to keep playing. We have a job to do. They have a job to do. You just have to play through it."

FS-BOB SANDERS

On team's performance...

"I think we did some good things and there are some things we did not do so good. It happens like that. They came in and they executed. They played better than we did."

On the loss...

"Anytime you lose it is hard, especially since we won the Super Bowl last year. It is tough. It is something we can learn from."


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