Talkin' With Tony: August 7

See what Tony Dungy had to say about Thursday's training camp practice at Rose-Hulman. Dungy talked about how the injured players are keeping focused, the possibilities at kick returner, his thoughts on the Brett Favre trade, and more!

On the morning's practice:

"We had a good day this morning. I thought our energy level was up, and I think our players sense that we are getting ready for a game. It was a good practice and we got a lot of things done."

On how the players on PUP keep up with things mentally while working out separate from the team:

"The biggest thing is staying involved in the meetings. They watch practices and put themselves in the situations mentally that they don't get to take in on the field. It's a challenge because these guys are highly tuned up and fired up and ready to go, so not being out there is tough on them. The good ones really put themselves in those situations and try to walk through it mentally as much as they can.

"We don't make a lot of changes from year to year, but there are some little details and fine points and they want to make sure they are on top of that. When they come out - you are going to still be rusty, not doing it physically, and not being out there, not reacting fast enough - those are things that can only get better when you are on the field, but so much of knowing what to do and knowing the assignments you can get done in the meetings."

On how big of a concern it is not to have a veteran behind TE Dallas Clark

"You'd always like to have veteran guys, but our young guys are a smart group, a hard-working group and I think they are going to be fine. We've gone into different seasons at other positions that way where we haven't had great veteran backups, but the guys get it and they are ready to go. Usually when they get thrown in they do a great job."

On DB Michael Coe and if he might be placed on IR:

"His surgery went well. It's going to be a long rehab, at least a couple of months. We are looking at probably eight weeks from now before he's ready to get back going.

"We will have to look at that (the possibility of IR) as we come down. We won't have to make any decisions now. When we cut down to 53 (players), we will have to see where we are and how we are health wise. It would be nice to be able to keep him (on the active roster). We will see what happens."

On if the offense is focusing on scoring more touchdowns in the red zone:

"We talked to our offense. They moved the ball (410) yards (vs. Washington), had a lot of long drives, but we only scored one touchdown and we got down there quite a bit. We went for it on fourth down a couple of times, didn't make it, and we kicked field goals. I think all of us on offense would like to see us be more productive in the red zone. That's one of the things we've talked about all through camp."

On the rotation of KRs Saturday:

"We will see Courtney (Roby) and T.J. (Rushing). We want to get Devin Aromashodu some kickoff returns. Pierre Garcon is not going to play so I'm not sure who the next punt returner is. We've got some guys we would like to look at – Chad Simpson, Sam Giguere – hopefully we get that many kickoff returns to look at all of them, but we will see. Devin is a guy we would like to get going this week though."

On DB Brannon Condren:

"Brannon really did a good job in the game (vs. Washington) in his first real extended playing time. He has a lot of tools to be a good player. He is working very hard. Last year he got most of his work on special teams and did a great job. I think he can do some things from scrimmage and he's growing into the role."

On Brett Favre as a Jet:

"It'll be different. I look at it, in my era, like (former Colt) Johnny Unitas going to San Diego or (former Jet) Joe Namath going to the Rams. It's going to seem strange and it's one of those things you probably wish didn't happen, but that's life in the National Football League. We saw (former San Francisco 49ers) Jerry Rice with the Raiders and (Joe) Montana with Kansas City so it's one of those things that in this day and age, with this system, it happens."

On players being traded after a long career with one team:

"You have a lot of guys who you'd never picture playing in another uniform but it does happen. Everybody's trying to get to a Super Bowl and you've got that caliber of player that you think can help you. Teams are going to do it. Players are very competitive. They wan to continue to play and I think that just goes with the territory."

On if the team will place K Adam Crossett back on the roster for Saturday's game:

"We would like to if we can. We will see what happens, very much like last week. We were able to (last week) right before the game, but we will see how our injuries stack up."


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