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Dungy keeps giving Saints bulletin board material

Former Colts and Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy, who currently works for NBC’s Football Night in America, knows the potential impact of his words.  When he said in December that the Cowboys had “no chance” to beat the Saints, the Cowboys used that statement as a rallying cry that carried them to the division round of the playoffs.

Earlier this week, Dungy told Dan Patrick that the winning coach in Super Bowl XLI would be “absolutely shocked” if the Colts lose to the Saints.

More recently, Dungy elaborated.  And the Colts are likely cringing.

William C. Rhoden of the New York Times asked Dungy if quarterback Peyton Manning needs a last-minute, game-winning Super Bowl drive to secure his legacy.

Said Dungy:  “I don’t think the game’s going to
come down to that.  I think they’re going to be so far ahead that people
are going to say, ‘Oh, ho-hum, he played a good game, they won by two
scores, the Colts won their second championship.’  He’s going to have
those rings Sunday night.  I don’t think it’s going to be close.”

With the Colts saying nothing at all to stir up the Saints, these words from the man who coached them from 2002 through 2008 surely will be used by New Orleans coach Sean Payton to inflame the fleur-de-lis.  And if the Saints win, look for a few of them to say that Dungy’s declaration that, essentially, they have no chance pushed them over the top.

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79 Responses to “Dungy keeps giving Saints bulletin board material”
  1. Peoples Champ says: Feb 6, 2010 3:15 PM

    He’s just giving his opinion. After all, he is a Colts homer. But with that said, Dungy just needs to refrain from talking until AFTER the SB.

  2. Dianenfl says: Feb 6, 2010 3:16 PM

    Dungy just says what he thinks.
    If either team needs bulletin board material, they are in trouble anyway. The only people who seem to care are the members of the media who are clinging to non-stories.

  3. art vandelay-rau says: Feb 6, 2010 3:16 PM

    dungy is a piece of crap.
    he is doing this purposely to fire up the saints to win. Why you ask? Because,eventually,SOMEBODY will HAVE to ask: you leave a team,the following year they win the Super Bowl.Its the second time it happened.How come you couldnt win with them?
    I hate people who say Gruden won w/Dungy’s team.Then how come dungy didnt win in tampa w/dungy’s team? 2nd,with a majority of the colts in indy before Duncee,couldnt you say if Gruden won w/Dungy’s players,Duncee won with Mora’s players.And now,the corpse of caldwell is about to win as many rings as this annointed great coach Duncee.How many rings could Peyton have if had a real coach for the lasy 6 yrs?

  4. davidc45629 says: Feb 6, 2010 3:19 PM

    Call me cynical but I think maybe Dungy is afraid the Colts’ success will diminish him; people saying it doesn’t matter who the head coach is as long as he team has Manning, and they have a point.

  5. BALLHAWK says: Feb 6, 2010 3:20 PM

    ATTA BOY Dungy!!! Peyton will dominate and the defense will pose BIG problems for the big easy. Colts by 14 easy!!! Peyton Manning = G.O.A.T. (thats Greatest Of All Time for you clowns).

  6. KrazyTrumpeter05 says: Feb 6, 2010 3:22 PM

    Please, the game isn’t going to be decided because of “inflammatory” comments made by a sports commentator, even if he did used to coach the opposing team.

  7. artieblanksucsbigD says: Feb 6, 2010 3:24 PM

    2 day old story Florio, read this elsewhere. Saints dont need bulletin board material to win Sunday. stay close tho, so we can show u where we will put that inflamed fleur-de -lis.

  8. RAPSKINS says: Feb 6, 2010 3:30 PM

    Words. Just words……

  9. LUNATIK RAIDER says: Feb 6, 2010 3:30 PM

    If it takes bulletin board material to get you up for a game that the winner is crowned champions then that means you would of half assed played if nothing was said? I would think winning that SB 44 ring would be motivation enough…

  10. tv says: Feb 6, 2010 3:32 PM

    Saints 35 – Colts 28!

  11. NAACPNOFRIENDOMINE says: Feb 6, 2010 3:38 PM

    Somebody stop him, please! Mr. Irrelevant speak again. How did he end up with this format anyway?

  12. GhostofFlorioPast says: Feb 6, 2010 3:38 PM

    So the Saints weren’t going to really try to win until Dungy opened up his yap?
    This is sportswriting asshattery at its worst.

  13. Wick says: Feb 6, 2010 3:38 PM

    “Bulletin board material”??? I hate that cliche.
    That rah rah shit doesn’t mean dick – least of all in a Super Bowl. Every player on a football field should be an assassin for 60 minutes no matter what was or wasn’t said.
    Aside from ability itself, performance on a football field is primarily a function of preparation, understanding, schemes, situational awareness and execution.
    That “win just one for the Gipper” bullshit might work on the silver screen – but it has a neglible impact in reality.

  14. Staff Sergeant Bandazewski says: Feb 6, 2010 3:39 PM

    Seriously, who owns a bulletin board?

  15. bucco bruce says: Feb 6, 2010 3:56 PM

    Dungy, your former team has never seen an offense this season like they will on Sunday. Saints win 38-31.

  16. mr_snrub says: Feb 6, 2010 3:57 PM

    If the words of a former coach make even a single ounce of difference in any Super Bowl I will shoot myself.

  17. Lewballer3 says: Feb 6, 2010 4:06 PM

    I guess if Ted Marchibroda, Jim Mora, or Lindy Infante said this you would also have a story! LOL! Dungy does not coach the Colts so why would the Saints’ players care what he thinks?
    When Rodney Harrison picked the Pats to beat the Colts earlier this year was that bulletin board material?…The Colts are going to win Sunday because they are better than the Saints. It does not matter what anyone says. Saints 27 Colts 38

  18. Fidelito says: Feb 6, 2010 4:08 PM

    This is always the lamest kind of story. These pro athletes playing in the super bowl are headed to a loss, but then someone says something bad about them and BAM! Now they’re really mad and are going to try hard now. Is this and Freeney’s ankle really all we get to talk about pre-Superbowl?

  19. Lewballer3 says: Feb 6, 2010 4:08 PM

    I guess if Ted Marchibroda, Jim Mora, or Lindy Infante said this you would also have a story! LOL! Dungy does not coach the Colts so why would the Saints’ players care what he thinks?
    When Rodney Harrison picked the Pats to beat the Colts earlier this year was that bulletin board material?…The Colts are going to win Sunday because they are better than the Saints. It does not matter what anyone says. Saints 27 Colts 38

  20. LoganSF2 says: Feb 6, 2010 4:10 PM

    maybe deep down Tony wants the Colts to loose…

  21. The Oven says: Feb 6, 2010 4:13 PM

    If they Saints need the Colts former coach to get them fired up, they’ve already lost the game.

  22. Phyxsius says: Feb 6, 2010 4:14 PM

    Two days ago called and wants its story back.

  23. AmishGangsta says: Feb 6, 2010 4:15 PM

    Give it up, Florio. You’re riding this horse till its dead but, it makes no difference. If the Saints win, it will be because they’re the better team, not because of something uttered by a man who has NO affiliation with the opposing team and who is PAID to make statements like that.

  24. VoxVagina says: Feb 6, 2010 4:21 PM

    I saw this on ESPN yesterday. Why is Dungy being so uncharacteristacally vocal? He’s usually the shy little guy. Regardless, the Colts will probably win, although I’m pulling for the Saints

  25. AmishGangsta says: Feb 6, 2010 4:22 PM

    Hey Florio, speaking of motivation, hows this-ESPN posting a story in which they report the Saints have already won. In my opinion, thats as much motivation for the Colts as anything Dungy says is for the Saints.
    Come on now, don’t be biased, do a story on this espn post just like you did on Dungy.
    Otherwise, you’ll be exposed as biased(which most of us already knew).

  26. AmishGangsta says: Feb 6, 2010 4:23 PM

    Oh BTW, here’s the link to that ESPN post-

  27. Stinson says: Feb 6, 2010 4:24 PM

    The Saints don’t have a chance. There.

  28. IWanttoPunchFloriointheFace says: Feb 6, 2010 4:27 PM

    Tony, for the love of God – SHUT UP!!!

  29. Gary says: Feb 6, 2010 4:27 PM

    Dungy continues to show how inept he is….it is obvious that he has no clue. What pin-head.

  30. Dixon29 says: Feb 6, 2010 4:33 PM

    Who dat, who dat, who dat think they gonna beat dem Saints?
    Tony MF’n Dungy! That’s the answer to the question finally!

  31. Laxer37 says: Feb 6, 2010 4:33 PM

    Are former coaches comments really a source of bulletin board material?
    Seriously, would anyone give a crap if Jim Haslett said the Saints were going to win big?
    C’mon, if these guys need this kind of stuff to get motivated they’ve already lost.

  32. Drat says: Feb 6, 2010 4:33 PM

    If the Colts win, would this be the first time in history that a coach has had a team he just left win the Superbowl the following year TWICE? Call it the Get-rid-of-Dungy Road to Excellence.

  33. ras6111 says: Feb 6, 2010 4:36 PM

    Dungy also said Vick would be a good pickup. He also said Tebow would be a great NFL quarterback. The more I listen to him, the more I realize that he is not even a playoff caliber coach without Manning.

  34. QB_of_the_Future says: Feb 6, 2010 4:37 PM

    This seems so un-Dungylike; seems more like something Rodney Harrison would say. Did he take over Dungy’s mind?

  35. FootballOnly says: Feb 6, 2010 4:39 PM

    Did Florio make his SB prediction based on Dungy’s statements or did Dungy listen to Florio…..LMAO….either way, gotta agree with both of them, saints don’t deserve to be in the SB and the final score will support that.

  36. GregO says: Feb 6, 2010 4:40 PM

    Weren’t you saying similar things when the Giants were carping before facing the Patriots?

  37. Castro95 says: Feb 6, 2010 4:49 PM

    Ok Dungy became a god-king of football once he won a Super Bowl and left the Colts. I would have to question Dungy as to how much of Colts going to the Super Bowl was his doing. Payton Manning Just took a team full of Rookies back to the Super Bowl. The Question becomes is Dungy a really good coach or did he ride the coattails of one of the greatest QB’s in history.

  38. GBP says: Feb 6, 2010 4:50 PM

    With all due respect to Dungy – Is anyone else sick of hearing this guy talk?

  39. boomtownrat25 says: Feb 6, 2010 4:52 PM

    If it takes a retired coaches words to fire you up for the superbowl, you don’t belong there in the first place. Both teams know whats at stake. I expect both to be as intense as they’ve ever been going into the game, regardless of what other people are saying about them. It’s the Superbowl; they shoudlnt have room left for extra motivation.

  40. d.b.cooper says: Feb 6, 2010 4:53 PM

    I bet Dungy is secretly pulling for the Saints.
    Posted the same thought on the other Dungy thread a couple of days ago.
    Pretty small of him, imo.

  41. Unnamed Source says: Feb 6, 2010 4:54 PM

    tony dungy = grade A moron

  42. danielcp0303 says: Feb 6, 2010 4:56 PM

    he’s right though. I don’t see the Saints being close to winning

  43. DeVoodoo says: Feb 6, 2010 4:57 PM

    Dungy is trying to sabotage the Colts by messaging three things simultaneously:
    1) He’s putting un-needed pressure on the Colts to win by declaring there’s no way they can lose (and by two scores, no less).
    2) He’s giving the Saints added motivation.
    3) Most importantly, in an indirect way, he’s asserting that if the Colts do lose, they certainly would not have lost had he been their coach. (Must’ve been the new coach’s fault.)
    Dungy should know a thing or two about a new head coach receiving a bunch of credit for taking his team to a Super Bowl. It happened to him a decade ago when Gruden took over Dungy’s Bucs.
    Dungy doesn’t want yet another new coach taking his old team to a Super Bowl championship the year after he left.
    He shouldn’t feel that way, but he does.

  44. vcufan01 says: Feb 6, 2010 4:59 PM

    I guess since Dungy finally won a SB he forgot how much bulletin-board material killed his teams in Foxboro.

  45. jlmill15 says: Feb 6, 2010 5:00 PM

    Ok honestly…if you need bulletin board material to help you get up for the Super Bowl then you probably shouldn’t be playing football…

  46. GRpatriot says: Feb 6, 2010 5:03 PM

    When was the last time the MVP won the SuperBowl??????

  47. mosdef says: Feb 6, 2010 5:09 PM

    Mike, you actually buy into this garbage? Words spoken by anyone before a game that’s already this big on its own have absolutely ZERO impact. Literally none whatsoever. You really think the Saints weren’t sufficiently motivated until an NBC analyst predicted they’d lose? Do you actually believe that or is like most of the other TMZ-like crap you post on this formerly interesting site? (which I still visit, so I guess the joke’s on me!)

  48. Alzado's Vein says: Feb 6, 2010 5:18 PM

    Why does Boney Dungy get so much air time? Hes starting to be as annoying as Cowher.
    Its never been his team, just as its not Caldwell’s team. Its been Peyton’s team as long as hes been there, and it will be his team until he retires. He defers to Caldwell when the medias around, but everyone knows he calls the shots. Look how he addressed the team after the Jets win. Peyton runs the show.
    Boney is supposedly a defensive guru, but his defense sucked in Indy, and pretty much still does. If it weren’t for Peyton, he wouldn’t have a ring. Hell, it took Gruden to get one in Tampa!

  49. d.b.cooper says: Feb 6, 2010 5:28 PM

    It will make me sick when the media starts the drumbeat to put Dungy into the HOF, but it will happen, as true excellence gets watered down.

  50. NoseBleedFan says: Feb 6, 2010 5:37 PM

    Dungy’s legacy will be intact if the Colts lose. If the Colts roll on Sunday, we all have to question how great of a coach he really was…A rookie coach that never had a major coaching job at any level won it all with HIS same players?….

  51. 1stngoal says: Feb 6, 2010 5:41 PM

    With all the hooplah and distractions surrounding the game, nobody is paying attention to the bulletin board anyway…

  52. WashingtonRedstorms says: Feb 6, 2010 5:55 PM

    Colts 41 New Orleans 20

  53. FootballOnly says: Feb 6, 2010 6:16 PM

    The vikings gave the blueprint to the colts on how to stop brees and the saints and you can bet that game film has been memorized by colts players and coaches. colts 35 saints 24 (with at least 7 of those pts coming in garbage time), it ain’t gonna be that close of a game.

  54. SaintzMoron says: Feb 6, 2010 6:35 PM

    ANY team that continually needs “bulletin board material” to get fired up isn’t much of a team anyway.

  55. doe22us says: Feb 6, 2010 6:36 PM

    Dungy is stating the obvious children no need to worry, its a done deal

  56. Rip says: Feb 6, 2010 6:47 PM

    That weak colts d will get smoked. The two best teams already played, and one couldn’t hold on to the ball.
    Saints by 10

  57. hankstramcbsradio says: Feb 6, 2010 6:49 PM

    Nice to see Saints fans all riled up over what Dungy says. Any guy who can piss Saints fans off has to be a good guy.

  58. braindead says: Feb 6, 2010 7:10 PM

    I hope that Dungy is right. I am SICK TO DEATH of hearing the feel good, sentimental, dog crap about the Saints and their city. Your city is a welfare hole and your team is over-rated. I hope they get the living dog snot beat out of them. Oh, and have a great day!

  59. Chapnasty2 says: Feb 6, 2010 7:12 PM

    The only person that gives a damn about what Tony Dungy has to say is Mike Florio and the only reason he cares is because Dungy is on NBC which owns PFT. No one watches “Football night in America” so this is Florio trying to get people to give a damn about that show. Dungy is a clown, most over rated coach of ALL time, worse than Barry Switzer. People need to stop putting a microphone in his face. I wonder what Brian Billick thinks about the Superbowl or anyone of the other coaches that have won ONE superbowl!!!!????

  60. Cornerdenizen says: Feb 6, 2010 7:19 PM

    @Alzado’s Vein:
    By your logic, coaches count for nothing and quarterbacks for everything. That said..
    Bill Walsh sucks. It was all Montana.
    Bill Belichick sucks. It was all Brady.
    Don Shula sucks. It was all Griese.
    Right? Or does it only apply to Dungy? And if so, why?

  61. SFrancis1680 says: Feb 6, 2010 7:37 PM

    given DUNGYs comments that the Cowboys had NO CHANCE to beat the Saints, earlier this year, and that the Romo talked about it after the game, …you really have to question his motives here, Dungy doesn’t strike me as a deep thinker

  62. 8man says: Feb 6, 2010 8:35 PM

    Uh oh….
    I’m not saying the biggest NFL game of the year will turn on the words of a single individual, but I’m willing to bet that most Colts fans are hoping that game kicks off before Dungy opens his mouth again.
    Think it. Feel it. But don’t say it. At least not until it happens and there are no seconds left on the clock.
    Meanwhile, the Saints camp is strangely quiet.
    Uh oh…..

  63. Pervy Harvin says: Feb 6, 2010 8:42 PM

    FootballOnly says:
    February 6, 2010 6:16 PM
    The vikings gave the blueprint to the colts on how to stop brees and the saints
    How very true.
    Rip says:
    February 6, 2010 6:47 PM
    The two best teams already played, and one couldn’t hold on to the ball.
    How very true.
    Florio is out partying with Bryant McKinnie right now in Miami. A source close to me told me. Stay tuned for updates….

  64. SFrancis1680 says: Feb 6, 2010 8:49 PM

    TONY DUNGY lost credibility when he became MICHEAL VICKs mentor, to coming back in the NFL, then he popped off about the Cowboys having NO CHANCE to beat the Saints, which Tony Romo talked about after they won that game, it will say a lot about him, IF the Colts win, the season after he left in Tampa & Indianapolis, those teams then WON the Super Bowl, …can you say OVERRATED???

  65. Tebow's a Douche says: Feb 6, 2010 8:58 PM

    He should refrain from talking at all. He’s not a good TV personality.

  66. Rip says: Feb 6, 2010 8:59 PM

    Hank- we don’t care what dungy says. What would really expect him to say?
    None of yall know shite about saints fans. We talkin a lil trash because, well, we can. Peyton is a native son, we would be all for the colts in any other scenario.
    It won’t be his fault when they lose tomorrow, they just don’t have the talent or coach to beat the saints.

  67. 8man says: Feb 6, 2010 9:01 PM

    Uh oh….
    I’m not saying the biggest NFL game of the year will turn on the words of a single individual, but I’m willing to bet that most Colts fans are hoping that game kicks off before Dungy opens his mouth again.
    Think it. Feel it. But don’t say it. At least not until it happens and there are no seconds left on the clock.
    Meanwhile, the Saints camp is strangely quiet.
    Uh oh…..

  68. AmishGangsta says: Feb 6, 2010 9:04 PM

    All you people questioning Tony Dungy’s coaching skills need a history lesson. His coaching legacy is intact and he is, without question, a first ballot Hall Of Famer.
    To make a winner out of the Bucs franchise would be enough, IMO. That franchise was the worst in pro sports history until he took over.

  69. Meldog says: Feb 6, 2010 9:06 PM

    Tony Dungy has got to be the most overrated coach in football history. He flew in on the coattails of Peyton Manning, it’s no wonder he can’t fathom an Indianapolis loss. Anyone who thinks that Tony Dungy ran the Colts and lead them to a Superbowl is an idiot. Peyton Manning ran the offense and was the spirit of that team. Maybe Dungy wants the credit for their mediocre defense, but I doubt it. Maybe he wants credit for managing the team; oh wait, that credit is deserved by Bill Polian.
    Dungy has done nothing but benefitted by being near great football minds. He does not deserve very much credit for the Colts success (hence, the coaching change and still the success). What he says is meaningless and I’d love to see the Saints win because I think the town deserves it. I’m a fan of Manning, but Brees is more interesting this year.

  70. tleg81 says: Feb 6, 2010 9:12 PM

    Dungy is such an attention hog!!
    First with his rehabilitation of that punk Vick, and now this. He just craves attention.
    Pope Dungy needs to get the F off of TV and return to his disfunctional family.
    Saints 41 Colts 38
    Stover misses from 40 with no time left….Peytons final drive does not matter

  71. SaintzMoron says: Feb 6, 2010 9:13 PM

    Rip says:
    February 6, 2010 6:47 PM
    That weak colts d will get smoked. The two best teams already played, and one couldn’t hold on to the ball.
    Saints by 10
    Dream on, Rip (Van Winkle)…or is it Robbie?
    Saints get SMOKED!!!!!

  72. AmenVoxVeritas316 says: Feb 6, 2010 9:47 PM

    Who cares! It’s just someone’s opinion. I can’t wait until this game is over. Too much hype and too many worthless stories leading up to the game. I wonder who Vox is rooting for. Maybe he can blame whoever loses tomorrow on Andy Reid and McNutt as he needs to put an Iggles’ spin on it.

  73. ctown19 says: Feb 7, 2010 12:11 AM

    Who cares what this lisping idiot says anyway? Does anyone really think he was responsible for any of the Colts’ success? He’s on television and radio entirely too much, and I frankly don’t understand why. Stick to visiting prisons and telling everyone else how to live their lives. From what I remember, his family life is less than stellar, yet he’s always pontificating about one thing or another regarding fatherhood, family and such. STFU, Lispy.

  74. ctown19 says: Feb 7, 2010 7:13 AM

    Say something about Dungy’s family and you will get your post deleted, I guess. NBC…NBC…NBC…NBC. Florio, ya sold out.

  75. Gunther69 says: Feb 7, 2010 7:47 AM

    Let me get this right. The coach that built the Colts would be shocked if they lost the Super Bowl. This is news, how? Please hype something worth hyping. This isn’t. Doesn’t the hack media EVER get tired of manufacturing things?

  76. tombrookshire says: Feb 7, 2010 8:54 AM

    Yes, but he was right about the Cowboys. And, unless a complete meltdown or a an injury occurs, the Colts will easily handle the Saints in the second half. Expect a low scoring contest until the teams loosen up and relax by end of the first half. By the third quarter, Manning will unleash fury and he and Garcon will hook up all evening. Look for either Manning or Garcon to be the SB MVP. Garcon will be well over 100 yards receiving and in general , will be a yawn of a SB as the Colts wear down the Saints, and Brees never finds his groove. The commercials will likely be the most interesting of the entire affair. Again.

  77. McNabb2JacksonAllDay says: Feb 7, 2010 9:27 AM

    The Colts are pretty much Dungy’s team. With the exception of a few players, Dungy pretty much built this team and watched it grow under his tutelage. So of course he is going to be fully in the corner of the Colts.
    And for those who are telling him to keep quiet, he’s not a coach anymore, he’s a commentator now who gets paid to speak his mind about football games. If he kept quiet he’d lose his job.
    Of course like most people he’s going to get a few things wrong he’s not Nostradamus. And if you recall when Dungy made his comment about the Cowboys, they were in the gutter and no one on earth thought they stood a chance against the Saints. Jerry Jones himself was surprised they won that game.
    Dungy’s comments will always be over analyzed due to who he is. But in the end he’s just given his opinion like any other guy who works for Football Night in America.

  78. 27Rice says: Feb 7, 2010 9:30 AM

    If the Colts do win, it just proves that Dungy is a bigger farce. Caldwell would win in his first year. Dungy was along for the ride. The Colts can coach themselves. Dungy is overrated and he doesn’t want Caldwell (like he does anything anyway – I have YET to see him talk to ANYONE on the sidelines) to match him (SB wins) in only one year. Dungy is a joke.

  79. FireJerryJones says: Feb 7, 2010 10:10 PM

    Dungy is a Genius.

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