Colts Press Pass: Tony Dungy

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Colts head coach Tony Dungy met with the media this week and talked about Freddy Keiaho -- his new starting weakside linebacker -- the running back situation, his thoughts on the special teams units at this point and more!

On the young guys needing to know the regular-season routine...

"They really do. We're kind of working our way through it, scouting reports, what's on there, what they can glean from it, how we break down the tapes, what they can take home with them, what they can study, what all these things mean, and then the routine. The big thing for the young guys is there is a lot less practice time now. There aren't two practices a day now. They aren't going to get to run every play. They're going to have to watch and learn from watching other people. And that's something you have to learn to be a professional as well."

On what position he thinks is the most critical to assess against Detroit...

"We still are really trying to figure out who our second running back is. All of those guys have done some good things, and that was probably the biggest thing we wanted to get out of camp. I think we have some good choices. We have to see who that's going to be. We have some positions on defense, how we really want to look at our nickel package. I think Bob Sanders is going to be back, so where we stick him in that mix and how our corners shape up, those are issues. And then we have to get our coverage units a little more consistent on special teams."

Running back DeDe Dorsey
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On if he will consider putting DeDe Dorsey or Kenton Keith in with the first offense vs. Detroit...

"I think you'll see it a little bit. Our first group is going to play a little bit more, so we won't have Joseph (Addai) play 35 straight plays. We're going to do it more like we would a regular game. So, one of those guys I think will get a little action with the first group."

On what defensive back Bob Sanders brings to the defense...

"He brings an energy and a physicality that we really like. We were starting to see signs of that these last two games without him being in there, which I think is really good. We saw some good, physical play from our secondary, some really exciting, high-energy play, and I think that he's going to add to that."

On if he will do anything to try to protect Sanders so he doesn't get banged up...

"I think we already have done that. We've taken it very slowly, bringing him back. I think just the fact that he's going to be ready to go and feeling good, we'll probably go as much as we can and do what we can to keep it as normal as possible from here on out."

On the reason for still needing special teams' adjustments...

"We're trying to find some young guys who are going to fill some of those gaps from guys we've lost. I don't think it's scheme. It's finding the right personnel and getting them grooved. One of the things with young guys, it's much easier for young guys to come in on offense and defense because that's what they've done. We have some guys who are very talented guys, but haven't spent a lot of time on special teams, and they have to learn how to do it. So, that's what part of the preseason is for. It's really like everything else; I think our offense, defense and special teams is a work in progress."

On linebacker Freddy Keiaho...

"Freddy is doing well. He actually played a very, very good game (against Chicago) on Monday night. He's settling down and doing well. I think he just needs to keep progressing and play a little bit more. But Monday's game was really right on schedule for what we had hoped."

On liking Keiaho's energy...

"I do, yes. Freddy makes some plays. He's a physical tackler. He's still learning in the passing game, but in the run game, he's going to be very, very solid, no question in my mind."

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