Dungy doesn't mince words evaluating

After a 29-13 loss to the Chicago Bears in the season opener, Colts coach Tony Dungy said the film showed what the scoreboard did – that the Bears outplayed Indianapolis. But Dungy was trying to move on and prepare for the Vikings this week.

As Colts coach Tony Dungy emphasized on Monday, the video tape does not lie.

"Looking at the (game) tape, usually on Monday, you come in and you say, ‘Well, it wasn't as bad after we looked at the tape. It wasn't as bad as we thought.' But it was," Dungy said.

"This is one of those exceptions. I just really have to give a lot of credit to Chicago. They didn't play a whole lot differently than the last time we played them (in Super Bowl XLI). Didn't do too much differently than what we expected.

"But they executed very well. They played hard. They played sharp. They tackled well. They didn't give up any big plays. They kinda forced us to throw by crowding the line of scrimmage with their linebackers and their nickel back. And we threw and we completed balls. But we didn't get our big plays. We had a couple shots just off the hands of guys, but didn't really get those big plays. We didn't finish our only one (offensive) drive in the red zone. They stripped one ball out (on defense), which they do quite well.

"It was just one of those days where they out-played us. Special teams, they played a little faster than we did. We had a couple penalties on kickoff returns that caused us to start (offensive drives) back inside our 20 (yard line). We kicked away from (return specialist Devin) Hester a lot of the time and it let them start (on offense) at the 35-, 40-yard line. So they kind of won the field-position battle. And they ran the ball well against us. Even when you take out the long (50-yard) run, which was missed tackling and a good run on (rookie Matt) Forte's part, but even then they were running a lot on second-and-10 and coming up to third-and-three rather than third-and-seven or eight (yards). That put them in a lot of short third-down situations that they converted.

"They just played sharp ball and we didn't. It was disappointing, really no excuse for it. It's a game that you can't get back. We have to move forward at this point and get ready for Minnesota. But certainly a disappointing way to start our home season."

If there were bright spots in the game, it would have to be the play of rookie center Jamey Richard and first-time starting offensive guards Charlie Johnson and Dan Federkeil.

Richard was filling in for injured starter Jeff Saturday. Johnson and Federkeil, both former offensive tackles, were starting for Ryan Lilja — who is currently on the team's reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list — and ex-Colts offensive guard Jake Scott, who is now with Tennessee.

Another rookie, Mike Pollak, was supposed to battle it out with Johnson for Scott's former spot but he is sidelined as he recovers from a knee injury as well.

"They (Richard, Johnson and Federkeil) did pretty well, actually," Dungy said.


  • QB Peyton Manning played okay in his first game back from knee surgery to remove an infected bursa sac from his left knee. Manning is often his own worst critic when it comes to his performances on the field.

    Manning, who attempted 49 passes in the loss to the Bears Sunday night, averaged 5.24 yards per pass attempt and 8.6 per completion.

    "Obviously there are some things we need to work on," Manning said. "Offensively we have to protect the ball better. You can't turn the ball over in this league and win."

  • RB Joseph Addai left early in the fourth quarter after receiving a blow to the head. Addai received clearance to return, but was held out the rest of the way.

    "Joseph, I think, will be fine. He was ready to go back in the game had it been a one-score game, we would have put him back in," coach Tony Dungy said.

  • TE Dallas Clark was scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test on Monday, but the results have not been announced. He was hurt in the second quarter of Sunday night's game with the Chicago Bears.

    Clark was present for a light workout on Monday but did not participate in the session.

    "We'll see what happens," Dungy said. "We've got tight ends that can play (if Clark were to miss any playing time). Gijon Robinson and Jacob Tamme played (Sunday night). We would have Tom Santi also. We'd have our three wide receiver group. So we'll see what happens. If (Clark is sidelined), we'd adapt.

    "My sense is, I'm hoping (Clark) will be okay. He was running, trying to get himself back in the game (Sunday) night. So we'll see what happens. But if it is going to be a couple of weeks, we'll adjust."

    Team president Bill Polian said that he doesn't think that Clark's injury was a serious one. Polian said that team physicians were "fairly optimistic about Dallas and I have heard nothing ... that tells me otherwise. I think we're in pretty good shape there."

  • WR Marvin Harrison had a respectable return to the starting lineup against Chicago. Harrison started his first regular-season game since suffering a knee injury against Denver last season.
    He hauled in eight passes for 76 yards and didn't appear to have any problems with his knee.

  • WR Reggie Wayne caught 10 passes for 86 yards against the Bears Sunday night.

    Wayne has now surpassed the 500-reception and 7,000-yard marks with 504 career catches for 7,070 yards.

  • CB Kelvin Hayden was poked in the eye in the first half of the Chicago game but is none the worse for wear.

    Hayden, though, didn't quite know how to react to Sunday night's loss to his hometown team.

    "I was just telling a couple of my boys back home, I haven't really lost in September and October (since coming to the Colts)," Hayden said. "It's kind of a bitter feeling."

  • LB Gary Brackett knows that the Indianapolis defense will have a tough test this week against Minnesota and RB Adrian Peterson.

    "He's electrifying," Brackett said, adding that the performance of the Colts' run defense against Chicago Sunday night didn't meet the team's standards.

    "We did some things that are uncharacteristic of how we play," he said. "We just have to get those things fixed."

  • DE Raheem Brock was not happy with the way the defense played in the season-opening loss to the Bears, especially against the run.

    "It was our fault. It was definitely our fault. When we go out and execute our game plan, we don't think anybody should beat us. But they outplayed us," Brock said. "We have to take our hats off to them. They did a great job executing and we didn't play like we were supposed to."

  • Coach Tony Dungy said C Jeff Saturday might return to practice this week, but stopped short of predicting when the veteran center might be cleared to play.

    Saturday has been recovering from a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee, which he suffered in a preseason game with Buffalo on Aug. 24.

    "I talked with Jeff last week and he feels like he'll be able to practice," Dungy said. "He's making great progress. Whether he plays this week or the following week, that's still up in the air, but my sense is it will be sooner rather than later."

  • Rookie OG Mike Pollak is on the mend after having recent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to remove cartilage. He injured his knee in practice in late August.

    "The knee is fine," team president Bill Polian said. "Right now we're anticipating he'll be back after the bye week, but it could be sooner than that."

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