FOXBOROUGH – Colts coach Tony Dungy held a conference call with the New England media today.
Some of the Q&A:
You had used the analogy of Ali/Frazier for this game. Which team is Ali and which team is Frazier?
“I think we’re Frazier. I think we’re the young up-and-coming team against the champ that has really set the bar and that’s the guy everybody has looked at. We’ve got to do a little more. We probably have to try to win by a knockout.”
Is it legitimate to put this rivalry with some of the other great ones from the 70s and 80s, like Steelers-Raiders, Steelers-Cowboys, and others?
“I think when you look at it, it will be similar. The Steelers-Raiders was that way. Pittsburgh ended up winning a lot of those games, but the Raiders were a great team and only won one Super Bowl in that time when I was there. All those games were dogfights. It’s hard to say as you’re going through it, but I think when we get out 10 years from now, people will look back and appreciate what both of these organizations have done.”
In the wake of the camera scandal with the Patriots earlier this year, you mentioned you were very disappointed. Do you still feel that way? Why was that? Do you feel like they maybe had an unfair advantage on your in those playoff games?
“No, I don’t think it was an advantage. It’s just disappointing to me whenever anything comes out and the public perception of the game gets hurt. Whether it’s us doing it or anybody else, and not because it was the Patriots doing it, but anything, because our game is on top right now and we have a great thing going and you want to keep it going. So it’s disappointing, whether it’s an injury to a great player, or anything, you just don’t like to see those things happen. It’s behind us, and I don’t think at this point on Sunday, anybody is going to be worried about what happened in the past. They’re going to look at this game and say there are two very, very good teams out there playing.”
Do you in any way regret any of those comments? I think you evoked Barry Bonds’ name. Do you regret those at all?
“No. That’s, to me, what it is. That was my opinion at the time and that’s what I believed. Again, I don’t think it takes away from anything they’ve done. It’s just disappointing. It wasn’t a good situation for the league or any of the players in the NFL.”