Colts Press Pass: Tony Dungy

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As training camp wound down for the Indianapolis Colts, head coach Tony Dungy shared his thoughts with the media on the linebackers, the secondary, and a couple of players from the offense such as Jeff Saturday and Roy Hall.

On rookie linebacker Clint Session...

"Clint has a lot of quick twitch in his body. He's got striking ability. He's done a great job in terms of hitting and playing on the special teams. His big thing will just be getting those assignments down where he doesn't have to think, where he's going to let that natural quickness and that striking ability come through. He's getting better and better at it."

On the improvements in linebacker Freddy Keiaho...

"He is getting to play more. He understands what we are doing a little bit better. He's still a little bit hyper and still very reactive out there, and we're trying to slow him down. He knows the defense much better. He's a very smart player. I think being able to have that knowledge to use his smarts has really helped him and is going to continue to help him."

On the fine line between hyper and excited...

"There is. There is a good line. You actually want that high energy, but you don't want to short circuit and blow fuses. Cato [June] was like that. We've had a lot of guys who were like that. Bob Sanders is like that. So, you want to feed off that positive energy, but you want to be able to keep it under control."

On having a good young group of linebackers...

"We do. We have some guys who are really interesting out here—Clint [Session], Ramon Guzman, even Brandon Archer has done a really good job in practice. So, it is a group that is going to be fun. I think they are going to continue to improve. Some of those guys are doing really well on special teams. We've always kept six linebackers in the past, but we might have to keep more."

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On defensive back Antoine Bethea...

"Antoine is doing well. He's playing with a lot more confidence. He is much more sure of himself at this point now than he was last year and I think he is going to have a good year."

On defensive back Matt Giordano...

"Matt Giordano is doing some really good things, and I think he is a little more confident. And playing a little bit down the stretch and playing in the Super Bowl, I think just in terms of being relaxed, that is probably the biggest thing. He looks to be maybe a little bit faster, but I think part of that is just playing faster by being more relaxed."

 On rookie defensive backs Dante Hughes and Michael Coe...

"They are doing fine. They are learning and making the typical two steps forward, one step back type situation, but they are both smart guys and they are coming along real well."

On the secondary being more physical this year...

"I think it will be. Some of the best things some of these guys do is play with their pads and hit. Marlin (Jackson) and Kelvin (Hayden) are obviously bigger guys than we have had. Dante Hughes I think is going to be in that same boat. I think we are going to have to utilize that, that we do have guys that aren't necessarily quick undersized guys, but are bigger guys."

On taking what Jeff Saturday does for granted...

"I think we do. Jeff has a hard job and he does it very well. On top of what he has to do physically at center, there is a lot of thought process that goes into our offense. He has got to make the line calls and he doesn't always get the play until three or four seconds before we snap the ball. He has a lot of thinking as well as physical things to do. And he has done it very well so that we almost take it for granted."

On wide receiver Roy Hall...

"Roy has done a good job learning the receiving position in the passing game, done a really good job on special teams. I think we are going to be able to use his size and speed there. He's an exciting weapon and we just have to try to figure out the best way to use him."

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