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Dungy thinks Colts will be motivated like Patriots after Spygate

When the Spygate scandal first broke during the 2007 NFL season, the New England Patriots spent a week hearing people rip them, and then proceeded to blow out the San Diego Chargers in their next game.

That Patriots team looked motivated by all the criticism, and former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy thinks this Colts team will have the same kind of motivation after hearing people rip them for resting their top players, rather than going for a perfect season.

“The fallout may actually help them,” Dungy said on ESPN Radio of the way the Colts will react to the criticism. “It may be kind of a Spygate thing where everybody says, ‘Hey, they’re ripping our boss, they’re ripping our owner, they’re ripping our coach. We need to go out and play and show people this was the right decision.’”

It’s not at all clear, however, that the Colts players actually think it was the right decision, and that raises the question of whether the Colts will actually have a hard time getting motivated after going from 14-0 to 14-2.

We’ll find that out on January 16, when the Colts finally take the field in a game they’re trying to win.

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  1. Phyxsius says: Jan 6, 2010 10:07 AM

    It doesn’t matter if the players think it was the right decision. I’m sure some Pats players didn’t like that Belichick cheated and their accomplishments were tainted. They still wanted to play hard to prove a point. The Colts players will play hard to prove their point (although they would have played hard regardless).

  2. lukestrass says: Jan 6, 2010 10:10 AM

    ohhh tony, go spend some time with your family for once

  3. PFTiswhatitis says: Jan 6, 2010 10:11 AM

    Nice try Dungy. NOT. Completely different in every way. The players wanted to go for 19-0 and were pissed that they threw in the towel.
    This guy is a complete jackass and homer. He needs to be taken off TV.

  4. LiveNBreatheFootball says: Jan 6, 2010 10:18 AM

    Dungy has a vested interest in not going for 19-0 being the right decision. He always rested his starters and had only 1 Super Bowl to show for it. If the starters hadn’t been rested and they went 19-0, everyone would be wondering how many they would have had if Dungy had played all out.
    So, ignore anything he says on this subject.

  5. XLI says: Jan 6, 2010 10:18 AM

    If anyone is keeping tabs. The Colts are 0-0, just like every other Playoff team. Not 14-2, not 16-0… they are 0-0.
    A coach is more concerned with Quality of Play and Health. They Played 14 games of stellar football, looked pretty good for nearly 3 quarters of the Jets game, and then shut it down for a Blizzard game.
    The Colts 1st team (which will be the Team taking the field) has given nobody any reason to think otherwise.

  6. Bob S. says: Jan 6, 2010 10:21 AM

    blew out a beaten up injured chargers team
    not the case this year! nor have the colts been blowing out anyone like patriots were doing all that year
    this years chargers team is better than the one the colts will put on the field in the conf final if they get that far. i mean if the colts get far enough to meet the chargers who surely be in that game. maybe in san diego without the colts?

  7. LC68 says: Jan 6, 2010 10:22 AM

    I wonder if Dungy thinks that the Colts season will end like the Pats’ season did that year too.
    I agree with PFTiswhatitis… Dungy needs to be taken off TV!

  8. hayward giablommi says: Jan 6, 2010 10:22 AM

    JFC. Dungy has proven himself to be one of the least insightful or accurate commentaters in recent memory. These two scenarios could not be any more apples and oranges:
    One has to do with a team with a mentality that it will do anything possible to win. The team and fans rallied around the Patriots and Belichick because of a.) the team is a winner and has consistantly demonstrated a commitment to winning and b.) the outrageous media witchhunt.
    The other is a team that has the mentality that winning isn’t that important, the players don’t have a voice, god forbid anyone get hurt (unless of course, a guy needs a catch to get to 100 receptions, THAT we’ll risk injury for even though it’s snowing and we are clearly scared for our lives).
    How’s that time you’re spending with your family going, Tony? You lying, disingenuous hypocrite.

  9. Gonzaga27 says: Jan 6, 2010 10:23 AM

    Soda Popinski is just trying to put a positive spin on an unrecoverable situation…1 and done for colts..

  10. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 6, 2010 10:23 AM

    Is he predicting that the Colts will lose the Super Bowl to the Giants? That would be a huge coup for the Giants, considering they didn’t make the playoffs.

  11. mr.football says: Jan 6, 2010 10:24 AM

    The Colts are top form again, just like their Super Bowl Championship a few years ago. Everybody who knows football, knows that those last 2 regular season games didn’t count for them. The Colts’ staff obviously wants another championship ring, without having the distraction and pressure of an undefeated season. After all… Look what that type of pressure did to the Patriots. That is one ring they aren’t wearing today.

  12. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 6, 2010 10:25 AM

    Hey Saint Tony, spend less time talking about football and more time trying to keep your other kids from offing themselves so they can get away from your pious, holier-than-thou immaculateness.

  13. slipkid says: Jan 6, 2010 10:26 AM

    agree, whatitis. dungy hides behind a liberal-media-applied/assumed saintliness.
    he is a homer and has an agenda.
    lets see some pft/tmz dirt on his suicided son’s racist myspace page. if dungy was white and that happened, he would be unemployed right now. but, the saint gets a pass!
    dungy isnt holier than anything, and couldnt make an in-game or halftime adjustment to save his life.

  14. vdogg says: Jan 6, 2010 10:27 AM

    Is anyone else tired of listening to this guy play the “one-up” game here? He knows Belichick owned him while he was coaching and he is doing everything short of coming right out and saying that the Colts team out there is still the one he put together…get this guy off TV. Anything the Patriots did we can do better…give it a rest would ya?
    What happened to all the time he wanted to spend with his family?

  15. CapsLockKey says: Jan 6, 2010 10:27 AM

    You can’t tell me there is ANY team that isn’t motivated in the playoffs. The Colts aren’t going to be any more motivated than whoever they are playing against, but they WILL BE a hell of a lot rustier. Take off the homer glasses Dungy.

  16. NachoBidness says: Jan 6, 2010 10:30 AM

    yeah, it’s clearly not the same thing.

  17. jerseypatriot says: Jan 6, 2010 10:33 AM

    The Pats weren’t QUITTERS!

  18. BenRapistberger says: Jan 6, 2010 10:33 AM

    Didn’t the Pats lose in the playoffs after Spygate? Just sayin, that’s a horrible analogy.

  19. Brewster says: Jan 6, 2010 10:33 AM

    Just what the world needs, more words of wisdom from Tony Dungy. Why doesn’t some team hire him, in any capacity, just to get him off of his soap box.

  20. kennethnoisewater says: Jan 6, 2010 10:36 AM

    The one thing I admire about Tony Dungy as a commentator/analyst is that he has remained objective and has not shown in the slightest that he is completely in the bag for his former team.

  21. Laxer37 says: Jan 6, 2010 10:39 AM

    If the Colts really want to take a page out of the Patriots play book they should start stealing signals, video taping opponent’s practices, and lying on their weekly injury report.

  22. cleanface says: Jan 6, 2010 10:44 AM

    I thought he was stepping away from football when he retired. Was the more important work he needed to do show up on the Dan Patrick show every week with his football opinions?

  23. FireJerryJones says: Jan 6, 2010 10:54 AM

    Pats lost that year… so… not sure where he’s going.
    I think they have a potentially bad matchup with the JETS Defense.
    Peyton has happy feet when under pressure. Thrown a lot of INT’s this year… and they are notoriously slow starters when they come off a long layoff… If they lose, they’ll lose in the first week back from their bye.
    That’s why they should have played hard all 16 weeks.

  24. Treezs says: Jan 6, 2010 10:56 AM

    I think it was Dungy’s stupid idea from the outside to sit the starters. Why would he want someone overshadowing his legacy?

  25. NFL_1974 says: Jan 6, 2010 10:56 AM

    .VoxVeritas says:
    January 6, 2010 10:25 AM
    Hey Saint Tony, spend less time talking about football and more time trying to keep your other kids from offing themselves so they can get away from your pious, holier-than-thou immaculateness.
    =================================
    Ok, I think if anyone needs to do anything, you Mister AHole Vox need to take a hard look in the mirror and really truly ask yourself, “Am I that much of an a$$ that I would talk in a bad manner about a man’s son that committed suicide?” Because if you are, you have to be the lowest of lows and I suspect either you have or will be gang raped at one point or another.

  26. pft rocks says: Jan 6, 2010 11:07 AM

    Tony,
    Is this your way of telling us that Polian cheats ??? This probably should have been one of your infamous did not see it, so I don’t REALLY know moments.

  27. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 6, 2010 11:10 AM

    # mr.football says: January 6, 2010 10:24 AM
    The Colts are top form again, just like their Super Bowl Championship a few years ago. Everybody who knows football, knows that those last 2 regular season games didn’t count for them. The Colts’ staff obviously wants another championship ring, without having the distraction and pressure of an undefeated season. After all… Look what that type of pressure did to the Patriots. That is one ring they aren’t wearing today.
    _______
    I honestly have to wonder if you people even follow the NFL. The Colts team that won the SB had the worst ranked defense in the history of the SB. Nobody was predicting them to go all the way except people wearing Colt’s Feety PJs.
    The Chargers were far and away the best team in the tournament that year but lost to the Patriots in the Divisional round. The Patriots lite up the Colts in the AFC Championship game and for a while it looked like it was going to be a blowout even though the Pats had Jabar Gaffney and Reche Caldwell as their #1 and #2 receivers. . The Patriots collapsed in the second half and were still one play away from winning the game.
    At least get your facts straight.

  28. 123456 says: Jan 6, 2010 11:11 AM

    Colts should not be mentioned in the same breath as the Cheatriots.
    One team sat their starters in order to keep them healthy for a super bowl run
    The other team blatantly cheated and got caught.

  29. pft rocks says: Jan 6, 2010 11:14 AM

    I am thinking that anyone that is bringing up a person’s kid is either the biggest ass in this world, or just trying to trash this website for their own well being. (meaning someone on Polian’s payroll)

  30. eph521 says: Jan 6, 2010 11:20 AM

    Just for the sake of continuing this great saga, I hope the Jets and Colts play again in the 2nd round. I have a feeling the Colts players want to play the Jets again too.
    @Vox Veritas – you crossed a line with your comment

  31. rusH1023 says: Jan 6, 2010 11:20 AM

    The Patriots taped from an illegal part of the field. I don’t think a Patriots player has ever mentioned being embarrassed about SpyGate. It would be stupid. Only bitter opposing team fans were THAT angry about it. The team came together and whooped everyone’s ass in their way.. until the SB.

  32. ZombieRevolution says: Jan 6, 2010 11:23 AM

    PFT is all about high drama and whatever will gain them webhits. There is a connection between PFT is setting records for webhits and its new “high drama” format.
    PFT now more popular, with fewer original stories, more speculation and more links to, and interpretation of stories written by other sources.

  33. Adam says: Jan 6, 2010 11:24 AM

    He talks as if he’s still part of the team, it’s annoying. One time on sunday night football, he said Peyton told him to stop breaking down Colts plays cuz Dungy was giving away all of Peyton’s secrets calling audibles. Incredibly biased. At least Harrison criticises(sp) the Pats when they suck.

  34. Bob S. says: Jan 6, 2010 11:28 AM

    since 2000 the ONLY super bowl winner that lost in week 17 was the giants in 2007 and they barely lost that game 38-35 as they did NOT tank that game.
    reminder – colts lost(tanked) week 17 game this year
    as they did 2 years ago against tennessee – then got beat by chargers in colts first playoff game 2 weeks later

  35. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 6, 2010 11:33 AM

    “Ok, I think if anyone needs to do anything, you Mister AHole Vox need to take a”
    Big poop on Tony Dungy? Oh look, another holier than thou preacher that thinks that he farts rose petals, just like Tony Dungy. Maybe you and he could collaborate on his next “everybody needs to be more like Tony Dungy” book.

  36. CT Pats Fan says: Jan 6, 2010 11:43 AM

    It helps that they’ll be playing either the Jets or Bengals!

  37. redsquare says: Jan 6, 2010 11:49 AM

    I don’t think it’s the same kind of motivation. In the case of the Pats, people were publicly questioning whether the team was as good as their reputation. The question of cheating was, “are they really so good after all?” Of course the motivation would be strong in response to that. Especially when team leadership and players were on the same page the whole time.
    With the Colts, their ability hasn’t been called into question. People know they’re a great team. In fact, it’s the widespread view that they were good enough for 19-0 that was at the root of it. So it’s not a question of whether the Colts are good enough; it’s an issue of them letting down their fan base, and no amount of winning from this point on addresses the issue. They’ve already lost, because they’ve already failed in what a lot of people hoped for them.
    And, of course, the team doesn’t seem to have been on the same page as management/coaches. Belichick & team were unified by all being called into question. The Colts players seem to have felt let down by their leaders. Not nearly the same kind of rallying around the flag.
    The Pats may have failed at the end in their bid for a perfect season, but to my mind they’re worthy of a lot more respect than the Colts, because they never let up. They never played a meaningless game all season, never felt that it wasn’t their job to try to win every time they hit the field. That’s a competitive decision. The Colts, even if they win the SB this year, will reek of business decisions.

  38. Quagmire says: Jan 6, 2010 11:51 AM

    Vox,
    Are you cranky because you are still lonely & no one wants to play “Magic the Gathering” with you?
    Drink your sippy cup of apple juice take a nice nap.

  39. CKL says: Jan 6, 2010 11:58 AM

    I heard Dungy on Mike & Mike this am actually compare the Colts not being obligated to go for a perfect season to Usain Bolt not being obligated to go for as many medals as possible. Horrible comparison. Usain Bolt, though running for his country, is an individual sport athlete and primarily beholden to himself achievement wise.
    On the other hand, the Colts under Polian are more concerned with regular season statsitical achievements than a perfect TEAM record as evidenced by their letting their dome baby stars go out there in a blizzard and throw smoke passes for negative yards so they could continue their consecutive start streak (Manning) and get 100 receptions( Wayne and Clark) and only then taking a seat. I have nothing against trying to achieve stats records but Polian is a hypocrite for running his team such that team records are considered stupid or not important next to individual stats.

  40. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 6, 2010 12:02 PM

    Bob S. says:
    January 6, 2010 11:28 AM
    since 2000 the ONLY super bowl winner that lost in week 17 was the giants in 2007 and they barely lost that game 38-35 as they did NOT tank that game.
    reminder – colts lost(tanked) week 17 game this year
    as they did 2 years ago against tennessee – then got beat by chargers in colts first playoff game 2 weeks later
    —————————-
    Again with this crap? Come on, Bob. You can probably do better.

  41. stetai says: Jan 6, 2010 12:07 PM

    If there’s one thing the modern era Colts have never been, nor ever will is “motivated”.
    They’ve been very skilled and talented, and as a result they win more than they lose, but they are so laid back, I’ve never seen motivated to do anything, which is why they always get pounded. They win games because they are better than most. But when other teams match up well and are motivated, they always beat the Colts.
    The one year the Colts finally won in the postseason, it was due to Bob Sanders return, a dropped TD by Reche Caldwell, and the privilege of facing Rex Grossman and the Bears in the SB. Peyton played poorly but the defense and the ineptness of their opponents gave them the wins.

  42. Furious George says: Jan 6, 2010 12:14 PM

    the Pats lost that SB b/c the league stole the coaches away from them the day before the game to respond to fabricated walkthrough tape claims. dispicable. the colts have been cheating for years by changing rules and pumping in fake crowd noise to letting other teams win games to ensure a better matchup for them. i hardly see how sending a college student to stand in a crowd and tape something thats in plain view of 70,000 other people is cheating regardless of what espn called it. can any of the haters please explain the benefit of that? its been long enough…

  43. The Rural Juror says: Jan 6, 2010 12:30 PM

    The Colts will also watch the inspiring classic movie, “Hoosiers” before their first playoff game.
    The film will be projected on Peyton’s forehead for the whole team to watch.

  44. JoeSixPack says: Jan 6, 2010 12:49 PM

    I’m confused… Dungy is saying that the Colts choice NOT TO GO for 19-0 is comparable to the Patriots drive TO GO for 19-0?
    That makes no sense at all!
    The Colts may be motivated to win the Super Bowl – but the motivation to ONLY win the Super Bowl can’t be any more than the motivation to win the Super Bowl AND have a Perfect Season.
    The Colts players also know that even if they win, they now lose, as everyone will lament the lost Perfect Season even if they win the Super Bowl.
    Knowing that can’t be good for team morale.
    Dungy should be smart enough to know that.

  45. spudz says: Jan 6, 2010 1:15 PM

    First off….Tony Dungy is an idiot…
    Secondly…when the Jets get past the Bengals, the Colts and their STARTERS should be very worried as they just may get their asses handed to them by the best defence and best running game in the league…
    No I am not a Jets Fan….

  46. mnmaverick says: Jan 6, 2010 1:26 PM

    They’ll be motivated like the Bucs after Dungy. ; )
    All those choke-jobs in the playoffs, Gruden comes in and “Bam!” It happens.

  47. Blue Horse Shoe says: Jan 6, 2010 1:29 PM

    The Problem is they did NOT rest starters. HELLO. Middle of the 3rd is not resting!!!!
    What they did in Buffalo was resting.
    Polian is a quitter. Only thinks of himself. He did not want the headlines in Buffalo read that they beat the Colts. I hope the players win, but I think their momentum was stopped.
    Bringing up kids is crossing the line.

  48. Favre On HGH says: Jan 6, 2010 10:15 PM

    Spygate and what Colts did are totally different circumstances. Colts players were upset about it too.

  49. roscoe says: Jan 7, 2010 2:04 AM

    Please, Saint Dungy….stop with the homerism already.

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