Titans-Colts Postgame Quotes

The Colts and Titans eased into the playoffs Sunday, getting plenty of rest for their stars as Indianapolis scored a 23-0 win. See what players and coaches from both teams had to say about the game, momentum going into the playoffs, and more!

Head coach Tony Dungy

"A little different feel than last year and a different situation. I told the team last night that every game has it's own identity. No matter how the games played out this year we've been able to find a way this last eight weeks to win them. It was the same thing today. We played well and we wanted to get off to a fast start with our first group and we did. Obviously they didn't have the incentive, like a playoff game. We had the whole crowd and a few things we were trying to reach individually and I think that carried us through. I was proud of our guys, the way they played, battling back, winning nine straight to go into the playoffs. It's good and now we have to sit back and see who we play and when we play. But I like where we are and I think we'll be ready next week where ever we have to go."

On letting players set individual records:

"As a former player, when guys have worked hard and they're within reach of things that really are meaningful to them, you'd like to see them get the chance to get it. And you have to keep in mind the team goals and the injuries and those kind of things. But I think it was good. We had a number of guys that had a chance to get some things and they worked hard and got them. I'm glad we were able to."

On WR-Marvin Harrison moving up to 2nd in all time receiving yards:

"It's been great watching him and coaching him and he's been phenomenal and it's well deserved. I coached Chris Carter and saw the work that he put in to get to that. Marvin passed him and it was very fitting."

On getting 12 wins for six consecutive years:

"Our guys wanted that. They really did. We talked about that all week. Something that hadn't been done before in the league, showing that consistency. And I think the guys that have been here the whole time, Raheem (Brock), Dwight (Freeney), Peyton (Manning), Marvin (Harrison), Reggie (Wayne), Hunter Smith. It meant a lot to them. They kind of carried the load at practice and set a great tempo. And our veteran guys knew they weren't going to play the whole way they wanted to win it. And it was important that they went out and got it."

On the Titans beating the Colts the last two times they played:

"Obviously this game, if we play them again, this game isn't going to mean a whole lot. There wasn't much riding on it. You always want to come out and play well, you want to defend your home turf. And the fact that they had beaten us the last two ... It feels good to win."

On momentum gained from the win:

"It was good. That was the plan from the get go. The main goal was to get the win today. I really didn't like what happened at the end of last year. We had the same situation and just didn't play as well as a team. Pretty good team effort today by all parts. We got a touchdown on the first drive and started making some substitutions and young guys came in, in different spots. Running backs did a good job and some of those young linemen did a good job. Defensively having the shutout is nice."

QB Peyton Manning

On the individual accolades achieved today:

"I always like to help other players achieve some goals. There is no question that for me personally I wanted Dallas and Marvin to break those records. Marvin's career, it's hard to put it into short words. He has been so consistent his entire career so it's nice to have that record broken at home. Dallas, breaking John Mackey, one of the all time great Colts and great tight ends of all time, to break that record; definitely Dallas' best year as a Colt and he has had a bunch of great years. It was nice for both of those two guys."

On Jim Sorgi's performance:

"I was kind of in his ear the whole game calling the plays into him. We were huddling which is something that is a little different so you kind of call plays a little differently when you huddle. Jim did a good job. We threw it a good bit, got him some good experience and they (Tennessee) were still blitzing, playing seven or eight man fronts depending on what our formation was. So it's not like they were just sitting back. They were blitzing and so some of the proper reads were to throw the ball and then obviously in the second half we did a good job running the ball."

On being ready for the playoffs:

"Like I said, we have no choice. We need to have a good week of practice. We'll find out tonight who we are playing. I think the biggest key during our win streak is we have had that good preparation. So the main focus now is having a good week of practice."

On winning 12 games in six consecutive seasons:

"You don't take for granted winning football games. To win twelve games this year, especially being 3-4, is a testament to our players and our coaches for grinding away, continuing to work and staying together. Obviously we want to keep it going."

QB Jim Sorgi

On his comfort level:

"I had my whole family here and my son here for the first time. He must be our good luck charm. I really felt comfortable out there. My goal was to go out there and look comfortable, even if I wasn't."

On Peyton as play caller:

"He was good on the sidelines. He called some great plays. He got me in some great situations. You expect that from him. He is the best quarterback in the NFL. Hopefully, I did him justice today running the plays that he called."

On Clark's and Harrison's record-setting catches:

"It's great to be part of Colts' and NFL history. They might not ever ask them who threw the balls that they caught for the records, but I will always know 50 years from now that it was me. I was happy for those guys. They deserve it. They play hard."

On winning:

"It was sweet. When you realize that we won the game, it was a good feeling. This team is on the verge of doing some great things. I think if we get on a roll in here in the playoffs, we'll be good."

RB Joseph Addai

On playing in the game:

"It always does something to you when you get on the field. Practice is one thing, but actually playing the game is a whole different experience. For our first group to just go out there and get a couple of plays in, it always feels good. I think just going out there, just getting back to game speed, I think will help us next week."

On scoring a touchdown:

"That always helps. Understanding the situation, understanding that we have a lot of people able to get different records, (WR) Marvin (Harrison) able to get to second all-time (in career receptions), (TE) Dallas (Clark) able to do the single-season (franchise) record (for receiving yards by a TE), (QB) Peyton (Manning) able to get to 4,000 (yards for the season), so going into the game I understood that we were going to pass the ball a lot. Everybody was on the same page."

On winning nine in a row:

"It feels good. You always want to have a good thing going into the playoffs. For both teams the game didn't matter, but it mattered at the same time. Getting wins, I think that just helps our confidence going into the next game."

RB Najeh Davenport

On his performance:

"It's nice to be somewhere. Whatever I can do to contribute and keep this gravy train moving. I feel good sitting here with Dom, Chad and Joe and the offensive coaches really taking the time to give me the offense and simplify it for me as far as the learning process. Once you get everything down pat like that it makes it easier to play ball."

TE Dallas Clark

On setting franchise record for most yards receiving by a Colt TE in a single season:

"It's amazing. I thought last year was going to be the best year I was going to have here and I wasn't even close to it. For that to happen, one, health was a big thing with it. You have to be healthy, you have to play all 16 games and I was in there for 15, and tat had a lot to do with it, but it's a tremendous honor."

On the team's performance:

"When a game doesn't mean anything in the big picture you don't know how things are going to turn out, and it didn't mean anything for them either, but the focus the team had was just outstanding. Everyone just really stepped up and did their job."

OG Jamey Richard

On whether his touchdown celebration was planned ahead of time:

"Absolutely not. That was off the cuff. As soon as I got up I wasn't thinking of anything else except get out of the pile and put it down. It just kind of happened."

K Adam Vinatieri

On scoring 100+ points for the 13th consecutive season:

"It's a compliment to the offense. You don't get to do that unless the offense is scoring a lot of points year in and year out. It's a small milestone. There are a lot bigger milestones. Between Marvin and Peyton and 12 wins for six (straight) years, mine is very in sequential."

On the win:

"It was nice. Everybody went out and played well. We knew some of the starters were not going to play much or at all, and some of the younger guys came in and played real well and the running backs ran the ball hard. It's one game, but getting that last win and going into the playoffs with a win is a good thing for us."

On the playoffs:

"You can only ask to get in, and we've done well enough and we've played well enough to do that. At this point, there are a handful of teams that have a shot at it. We have to go out there and play well every week. Now, every team that you play is a good team and they deserve to be there, so you have to play a little bit better."

DT Darrell Reid

On the playoffs:

"Going into the playoffs, we definitely have a lot to work on especially in our kickoff coverage team. We have taken some steps backwards (in kickoff coverage) toward the end of the season. We'll get that cranked back up. I'll make sure of that."

On the Denver and San Diego as potential playoff opponents:

"It doesn't really matter who wins to us. We are happy to be in the playoffs and happy to get this victory today."

Titans coach Jeff Fisher

On his plan for playing time for Tennessee's frontline players:

"On Wednesday in a team meeting with the players we discussed in detail with them what our plan was, that we'd have players who would play perhaps three or four plays, some may play a quarter, some may play a half and some may play the entire game. But the plan going into this week was collectively to do the best thing we possibly could for our team as we move forward and get ready for the playoffs. That's in fact what we did. Our focus all week was on our team and the health of our team and to get ready for the playoffs. Obviously we would have liked to have won this game. It didn't work out. They made plays; we couldn't get the ball back. We came through this somewhat healthy. Other than winning the game, we accomplished a goal, and that was to get through this healthy and rest people so we could look forward to the playoffs."

On the school of thought that resting players could translate into a loss of momentum:

"I think it's ridiculous, it's absolutely ridiculous. You rest guys, you go into the playoffs, you win your game, and you're a genius because you rested the players. You lose the game, you lost it because you rested the players. It makes no sense to me. These players are professionals. They've taken care of themselves, and they'll be ready to play."

On what he viewed as the Colts' plan coming into the game:

"They clearly had objectives. They wanted to get (QB) Peyton (Manning) some yards, and it was clear they were going to get (TE) Dallas (Clark) his catches and (WR) Marvin (Harrison) his catches, which is great. They had some objectives and we did too. They wanted to accomplish some things and we had a chance to do that as well."

On QB-Vince Young's play:

"He appreciated the opportunity, appreciated the chance to prepare this week. I thought he made some real good throws. He was under a little bit of pressure, but I thought he moved the ball. We probably could have put him in a little better position to make some plays, but he had fun, ran around, and that's exactly what we wanted to have happen."

Assessing the loss in general:

"Look, I'm not going to sit here and dwell on this game 10 days from now. We're going to go home, rest up, get ready, continue to improve and get ready for the first round of the playoffs at home."

QB Kerry Collins

On getting enough playing time against the Colts:

"I got two or three plays today. We've got two weeks to get ready and I'll be fine."

On the Colts offense:

"Give them credit. They did a good job offensively. They really controlled the game. That's just the way the game went. Have to give them credit."

On if they lost any momentum built from last week:

"Absolutely not. Our plan was to play a lot of guys today, a lot rested. By no means does this put a damper on the momentum we feel we have."

On QBs Vince Young and Chris Simms:

"I thought they operated well. You know, it's hard to say without looking at film, but I thought both of them did a good job."

QB Vince Young

On his play in the game:

"First series was a little rusty until I got the rhythm of the game and then slowed down after that. It was pretty good to get in there and get that rush. After a couple of hits, I got hit pretty bad that one time, but it was good to get a good lick in."

On his freedom to run or pass:

"I didn't want to be loose. I told the guys earlier that my body feels good and didn't want to throw any interceptions. I also used my legs. It is a God-given talent that I have, my legs. Overall, I did a good job at getting the ball out. Overall, I think I did all right just to get into a rhythm for right now."

TE Alge Crumpler

On if momentum was lost:

"I feel that way today and will feel that way tomorrow. When we start practice on Wednesday I don't think today will be in everyone's mind. This is one of those types of stories that sits in your gut for a couple of days. But we have enough time to get over it. It is no different than the Jets game loss."

QB Bo Scaife

On Vince Young's play:

"I think he got into rhythm and did his job with what he had out there. He was excited to be out there and I was happy to see him out there."

C Kevin Mawae

On shifting focus to the playoffs:

"Our focus now is to get ready to play the first playoff game and (with) a lot of guys who are coming back. We've rested a bunch of guys to get healthy. Our goal is to win our first playoff game at home and get ready for a second one. We've got two weeks to prepare."

On whether game was meaningless or not:

"If you're a football player, you get up for any kind of competition. It just so happens, we didn't get the job done today. We knew coming in that there offense was the kind of offense that was going to control the ball and stay on the field as much as possible. We've got to convert on third downs and we didn't do that. On the same token, we didn't have a lot of our regulars in there. About eight guys sat, another ten guys played one series or two and they were out but that's no excuse. The guys that were in there should've made some plays and we just didn't do it."

DE Kyle Vanden Bosch

General comment:

"The important thing for us was to have everybody healthy for that first playoff game. The guys that needed the rest got it. We probably guarded a lot of our game plan. We didn't want to show a lot. We didn't experiment with a lot of things. We just tried to go out there and win. In a couple of weeks hopefully, we'll come back refreshed and ready to go. The important thing for us is being home and getting that first game in Nashville."

LB Keith Bulluck

On keeping momentum:

"I don't see how we lose momentum. In a game like this a lot of us got work, some of us didn't. At the end of the day, we know what it's all about. As soon as we get on this play, we go back to Nashville and that's where the rest of our season takes place until hopefully, we can make it to Tampa."

On comparing the game to a preseason game:

"Actually, a preseason game is better because you've got those guys that are trying to make the team and you get to see them play. It was just one of those games to get guys that have been playing roles on the team out there to get them a lot of live action. All it does is increases our depth as a team and lets those guys knock the rust off because they've been playing so hard on special teams. As backups, it lets them get out there to see what they can do."

LB David Thornton

On coming back to Indianapolis:

"It's not a familiar territory because the building (Lucas Oil Stadium) is totally new. Seeing a lot of familiar faces is always fun, friends, people you work with is always a warm, fuzzy feeling. This is where I started my career. All in all, we wanted to win today but we didn't and that's kind of disappointing but we'll get ready for playoff time."

On importance of game:

"We just want to stick together as a team even though the game really was meaningless. We wanted the guys to go out there and gain some experience and the backups got a lot of playing time. We definitely wanted to build any way possible. It's disappointing that we didn't get to that fourteenth win. That would've been nice but we had some guys walk away from the game healthy. It's important to rest for the playoffs and we got some guys rest that we needed. Hopefully, we can continue to go on and play well like we did last week at Pittsburgh."


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