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Dungy knew Tomlin was headed for big things

When he was coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tony Dungy took a chance on a 26-year-old assistant coach who’d never previously had an NFL job.

As usual, Dungy knew what he was doing.

A decade later, Mike Tomlin is preparing for a crack at his second Super Bowl win in four seasons as a head coach.  Dungy spoke about his history with Tomlin and where the Steelers coach would rank after a win in Super Bowl XLV during Tuesday’s PFT Live.

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41 Responses to “Dungy knew Tomlin was headed for big things”
  1. lennydpocketqb says: Jan 25, 2011 10:46 PM

    Need the Dun-geeeee back in the coaching world.

  2. pervyharvin says: Jan 25, 2011 10:58 PM

    Prior to the Saints-Colts Superbowl, Tony Dungy says, “[Manning] is going to have those rings Sunday night. I don’t think it’s going to be close.”

    Wrong, you clown. Perhaps Dungy is wrong about other things as well?

  3. mataug says: Jan 25, 2011 11:22 PM

    Is it just me or is the Tony Dungy tree doing better than the Bill Belichick tree in the NFL ?

  4. dbellina says: Jan 25, 2011 11:27 PM

    I think it’s interesting that Tomlin ran a 4-3 in Tampa. 4-3 in Minny, and a 3-4 in Pitt. He has had success with defense on every team he has been with. I just wish Minnesota got rid of Chilly instead of him.

  5. alltimeballa says: Jan 25, 2011 11:37 PM

    At the beginning of this year, Mike Tomlin was faced with the loss of the Superbowl MVP from the squad as well as the loss of the quarterback who threw the game winning td pass to him for atleast 4 games and having to deal with legal issues. He has not had a healthy O line all year. His defense had to adjust to playing a different brand of football than what had become the norm for them. Arguably, his best athlete and player has been dealing with an archilles injury all year. He looses one of he best D lineman and all his team did was adjust and now they are again sitting at the doorway of an unprecedented 7th Superbowl championship. I know that there are many Steelers haters around the country but even the most avid steelers hater has to admit that Coach Tomlin should be atleast in the “coach of the year” conversation. His work this year has been phenomenal.

  6. shadowgm1 says: Jan 25, 2011 11:49 PM

    No idea why Dungy feels the need to harp about old protege’s like he does – it just makes a great career look hokey when he openly judges coaches he dislikes and seems to pump up ones which grew from his coaching tree. I guess I’d have tabbed him as a guy that could step into a ready made built to win stuation and overinflate his own self worth. The guy’s transparent, and the real Steeler coach is Dick LeBeau – ever wonder how a coach that was brought up and utilized a Cover-2 scheme in a 43 all of a sudden be a whiz with a team running the 34 (a team that actually defines it in today’s game)? Anyone’s “Spidey Sense” tingling over that one?

    I guess I never bought his “blustery tough guy” garbage – perhaps because my wife’s aunt took a class with Tomlin’s wife (when he was the defensive coordinator at Minnesota) and mentioned that his favorite TV show was “Little House on the Prairie” – that he owns the entire series on DVD. It’s hilarious to see him all tough in postgame press conferences, then knowing that he goes home and crys when little Laura Ingalls runs away from home.

    Guess I just think he’s a fake and an overpaid poser. The Steelers could’ve hired anyone and won just as many titles as Tomlin.

  7. shadowgm1 says: Jan 25, 2011 11:49 PM

    sorry for the 2up

  8. Deb says: Jan 25, 2011 11:59 PM

    pervy …

    Dungy started his coaching career in Pittsburgh and hired Tomlin into his first NFL coaching job. So Mike asked what he thought of Tomlin, and the man simply answered the question as he always does. He’s entitled to his opinions and to pick the wrong team in a matchup. You’re still mad because the Saints won.

  9. amanistumor says: Jan 26, 2011 12:05 AM

    I call BS! Just a way for Dingy to get his name in the paper again. And everyone gives Favre a hard time.

    Tomlin is a good coach, no doubts and I wish Minny never lost him, but what he has in Pitt has been handed to him. He seems like he’s managing it well but what happens when they loose studs like Harrison and Polumanu (sp?) who make this team what they are.

  10. Deb says: Jan 26, 2011 12:18 AM

    I’d been disappointed that we hadn’t secured Whis while we had the chance, but was confident the Rooneys would choose the right person. Tomlin calmed any concerns I had with his introductory press conference. And he completely sold me with his comments following our 07 loss to the Patriots. I’ve been a total believer since.

    I love Bill and feel his legacy as a Steelers coach is secure. But this is Tomlin’s team and his time. No matter what happens in SBXLV, he’s already proved himself.

  11. Jack Burton says: Jan 26, 2011 1:05 AM

    But Tomlin inherited the team, right? I’m so sick of hearing that even now it’s a retarded statement.

  12. sirdrinksalot says: Jan 26, 2011 1:12 AM

    lets go packers.

  13. db105 says: Jan 26, 2011 1:15 AM

    Most anyone would be a successful head coach for the Steelers if they had Lebeau as their defensive coordinator.

  14. svenhoek86 says: Jan 26, 2011 1:33 AM

    pervyharvin says: Jan 25, 2011 10:58 PM

    Prior to the Saints-Colts Superbowl, Tony Dungy says, “[Manning] is going to have those rings Sunday night. I don’t think it’s going to be close.”

    Wrong, you clown. Perhaps Dungy is wrong about other things as well?
    ———–

    Well considering he has already been proven right…..

  15. Bubby Brister says: Jan 26, 2011 2:17 AM

    No more “he’s doing it with ‘Cowher’s guys’”.

    Starters or key players who are “Tomlin’s Guys”:

    - Wallace
    - Sanders
    - Brown
    - Mendenhall
    - Moore
    - Redman
    - Johnson
    - Timmons
    - Woodley
    - Harrison (well, he was one of Cowher’s guys, but Tomlin was the one who decided he had what it took to start)
    - Hood
    - Pouncey
    - Flozell
    - Foster
    - Scott
    - Mundy
    - Suisham
    - Gay
    - Sepulveda/Kapinos
    - Keyaron Fox and countless other special teamers

    Tomlin > Cowher

  16. 4ever19 says: Jan 26, 2011 7:21 AM

    If Tony had REALLY been convinced about Tomlin, he should’ve brought Tomlin to Indy with him and groomed the young man to take over for him instead of Caldwell. Then we’d have something special with the Colts.

  17. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jan 26, 2011 7:31 AM

    I’ve always liked Mike Tomlin, I’m happy for the success hes had as a head coach. He knows how to interact with the players yet still knows how to get down to business.

  18. themage78 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:25 AM

    dbellina says:
    Jan 25, 2011 11:27 PM
    I think it’s interesting that Tomlin ran a 4-3 in Tampa. 4-3 in Minny, and a 3-4 in Pitt. He has had success with defense on every team he has been with. I just wish Minnesota got rid of Chilly instead of him.

    ————————————————-
    HE’S NOT RUNNING THE DEFENSE!!!!
    Can people understand that Dick LeBeau is running the defense, why they are having so much success? I mean they had 3 different QBs in the first four games and they won 3 of them. That’s not offense, that’s defense.
    you want an example of how defense help to win? Look at the Eagles. In the playoffs or NFC title game for 5 years, in the playoffs for 8 under Jim Johnson. Took them to 1 Superbowl. The offense was anemic because they didn’t have great playmakers sans McNabb and westbrook. JJ dies, McDermott (his hand-picked succesor) takes over. Gets 1 win last year, and this year even with a great offense couldn’t stop anything.

    Defense wins championships, only reason Tomlin won his first one (and thanks to a circus catch by Holmes who is a great reciever) and hopefully he won;t win the second one because of it. I hope they lose. GO PACK!

  19. steeelfann says: Jan 26, 2011 8:28 AM

    shadowgm1 says:
    I guess I never bought his “blustery tough guy” garbage – perhaps because my wife’s aunt took a class with Tomlin’s wife (when he was the defensive coordinator at Minnesota) and mentioned that his favorite TV show was “Little House on the Prairie” – that he owns the entire series on DVD. It’s hilarious to see him all tough in postgame press conferences, then knowing that he goes home and crys when little Laura Ingalls runs away from home.
    ——————————–
    It is because Tomlin is “real”, in a day when most are not. That he enjoys a heartwarming, genuine clean show that is not full of garbage, that bothers you.

    That is why, you are over at your house, looking for a job, and Tomlin is going to another super bowl.

    He has things like class, values, manhood, thoughtfulness, solid as one can get.

    You write down things that make no sense trying to make a great guy look less than that.

    You are sorry. Mike Tomlin is beloved in Pittsburgh and people love Mike far more than they liked Cowher. They feel Cowher left too many rings on the table. Mike Tomlin is an example of yet another great hire by the Rooneys. And Dungy was right on this one. I hope Mike Tomlin is there for 20+ more years. He is all that is right with coaching and the NFL. If he wasn’t coaching, he’d be successful in whatever he was doing, that is a fact.

  20. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Jan 26, 2011 8:47 AM

    @dbellina

    Interesting? Not so much. It’s called having Dick Lebeau as a D coordinator. He has made many coaches look good for a long time. I give Tomlin credit but lets be realistic here. If this guy had head coaching aspirations he would be long gone and the Steelers would be struggling with the same inconsistency every other team faces when their good coordinators break for the bright lights. They are so lucky to have him.

  21. cd_ridge says: Jan 26, 2011 8:47 AM

    If Tomlin inherited such a great team, why didn’t Cowher win more championships?

  22. postfixer says: Jan 26, 2011 8:49 AM

    If Tomlin keeps it up, I think we’re only a few years removed from Tomlin > Dungy.

  23. urworstnitemare58 says: Jan 26, 2011 8:59 AM

    Dungy started in Pittsburg under Chuck Knoll, so maybe we could say that its come full circle as Dungy was from the Knoll coaching tree.
    To those that thinks this is still Cowards team, you are wrong. Coward would have lost that game to the Jets at the end. Coward would have ran the ball and Pittsburg would have been stuffed, but Tomlin twiced passed on 3rd down to get the first down. Thus enabling them to run the clock out.

  24. minnesconsin says: Jan 26, 2011 9:01 AM

    dbellina says:
    Jan 25, 2011 11:27 PM
    I think it’s interesting that Tomlin ran a 4-3 in Tampa. 4-3 in Minny, and a 3-4 in Pitt. He has had success with defense on every team he has been with. I just wish Minnesota got rid of Chilly instead of him.
    ——-

    How could 30 people give this a thumbs-up? Tomlin is good, but let’s not get carried away. he didn’t “run” anything in Tampa, he was a secondary coach. And he doesn’t “run” the defense in Pitt either, LeBeau does. Tomlin’s success speaks for itself, no need to embellish it.

  25. wycoff says: Jan 26, 2011 9:01 AM

    Chalk it up to Tomlin’s William & Mary education. William & Mary- the Alma Mater of the Nation- producing leaders from Thomas Jefferson to Mike Tomlin. Go Tribe!

  26. chapnastier says: Jan 26, 2011 9:01 AM

    Tomlin > Dungy

  27. minnesconsin says: Jan 26, 2011 9:07 AM

    alltimeballa says:
    Jan 25, 2011 11:37 PM
    At the beginning of this year, Mike Tomlin was faced with the loss of the Superbowl MVP from the squad as well as the loss of the quarterback who threw the game winning td pass to him for atleast 4 games and having to deal with legal issues. He has not had a healthy O line all year. His defense had to adjust to playing a different brand of football than what had become the norm for them. Arguably, his best athlete and player has been dealing with an archilles injury all year. He looses one of he best D lineman and all his team did was adjust and now they are again sitting at the doorway of an unprecedented 7th Superbowl championship. I know that there are many Steelers haters around the country but even the most avid steelers hater has to admit that Coach Tomlin should be atleast in the “coach of the year” conversation. His work this year has been phenomenal.
    ——

    I think McCarthy will win coach of the year. 15 guys on IR, including his starting RB (Grant) and top playmaker (Finley.) Even as a packers fan, I’m not crazy about MM, but the media is full of him right now. Not sure he deserves it, but we’ll see I guess.

    Funny though, it’s just another example of the similarities between these two teams this season. I believe they’re pretty evenly matched, and it should be a good game. I’m going with Packers 27-21, but I give the edge to the Steelers in two important categories — Tomlin has been to the Super Bowl and won’t be wet behind the ears — And Mendenhall, nuff said there. If the Packers can’t overcome those two things, it could #7 for Pittsburgh.

  28. pigspigspigspigs says: Jan 26, 2011 9:15 AM

    Peyton Manning grew up dreaming about throwing the winning touchdown pass in the superbowl for the saints and during last years game he did just that.

  29. runtheball says: Jan 26, 2011 9:22 AM

    There is no doubt he inherited a great situation. It comes down to what you do with it. Cowher inherited a great situation too. A talented team that quit listening to their coach. He had a great GM that gave him 3 tremendous drafts before Cowher had any real say in the draft. Yet Cowher’s ego still got the best of him and led to him underachieving. That is Tomlin’s best quality, he is not full of himself, he manages the big picture issues and lets his coordinators and coaches do the heavy lifting. That doesn’t make him less of a coach it makes him a great coach.

  30. pervyharvin says: Jan 26, 2011 9:28 AM

    Deb says:You’re still mad because the Saints won.
    ======================================
    No, I’m mad that I have to watch that pervert Herman Munster QB the Steelers in the SB. Think I’ll watch Soul Train reruns instead!

  31. pappyjoe69 says: Jan 26, 2011 9:30 AM

    A little bitter eh shadowgm1? Besides, how did you know that “little Laura Ingalls runs away from home?” Sounds like there’s more than one “Little House” fan on this page!

  32. mikebrownmakesmefrown says: Jan 26, 2011 9:38 AM

    Dungy needs to just go away. I’m so sick an tired of his asinine opinions on every issue.

  33. cityofchampyinz says: Jan 26, 2011 9:50 AM

    Whats wrong with your video player? I had to watch that stupid ad 3 times and still no video? Perhaps you should put a little more priority over content vs. ad dollars.

  34. The James Harrison Foundation says: Jan 26, 2011 10:10 AM

    Bubby Brister nailed it…..

    And to those of you who think Tomlin doesnt do much coaching during the games because hes not screaming into the headset, its called preparation. If you prepare well and know what you want to do entering the game, then execute, you dont need to be coaching up your coordinators and making adjustments on the fly. This allows him to shadow box and crack jokes with his players without missing a beat.

  35. laxer37 says: Jan 26, 2011 10:15 AM

    amanistumor says:

    “Tomlin is a good coach, but what he has in Pitt has been handed to him.”

    ————————————————-

    Point is, he has had many hurdles and has kept it going and has already equaled the number of Superbowl appearances by Cowher.

    The following 14 players came in AFTER Cowher left and are either starters or play significant roll.

    2010
    Maurkice Pouncey (starting center, Pro Bowl)
    Emmanuel Sanders (#3 WR)
    Antonio Brown (#4 WR)

    2009
    Ziggy Hood (starting DT)
    Mike Wallace (starting WR, led NFL in ypc)
    David Johnson (starting FB, #3 TE)

    2008
    Rashard Mendenhall (starting RB)
    Dennis Dixon (#2 QB)
    Ryan Mundy (backup safety)

    2007
    Lawrence Timmons (starting LB)
    LaMarr Woodley (starting LB, Pro Bowl)
    Matt Spaeth (backup TE)
    Daniel Sepulveda (punter)
    William Gay (#3 CB, nickelback)

  36. andyprough says: Jan 26, 2011 10:23 AM

    @postfixer says: Jan 26, 2011 8:49 AM

    “If Tomlin keeps it up, I think we’re only a few years removed from Tomlin > Dungy.”

    =======================

    That time has already come

  37. expatpatfan says: Jan 26, 2011 10:37 AM

    I’m not a Steelers fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I live in Pittsburgh so I’m surrounded by Steelers coverage. At this point, I’m pretty convinced that anyone who thinks Tomlin is a bad coach is simply racist (all of whom seem to call 105.9 in the morning during my commute), because there’s really no logical explanation for that opinion. He wins and coaches well. His players are well-prepared on both sides of the ball and he commands their respect. From big things (like winning a SB) to little things (like how he handled the Brown/Sanders competition this year), Tomlin exhibits the qualities you look for in a HC.

    Yes, LeBeau is great and a real asset to the team, but he was a terrible HC when he had the shot, so the idea that he’s somehow a fantastic phantom HC is laughable.

  38. ottomanismydog says: Jan 26, 2011 10:40 AM

    In Tomlin We Trust

  39. jorgsy says: Jan 26, 2011 11:19 AM

    I wish Minnesota wouldn’t have let Tomlin go either but, we’ve got Leslie Frazier now so, we’re good to go.
    Everything I hear about Tomlin inidcates he’s a great leader. I wish him continued success!

  40. Deb says: Jan 26, 2011 11:25 AM

    @perv …

    You’re in a mood. Not sparring w/you here.

    @expatpatfan …

    Best analysis on the board!

  41. bodester says: Jan 26, 2011 1:04 PM

    Dungy is responsible for Tomlin now. When will this guy shut his mouth?

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