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Dungy thinks Jim Tressel could be Irsay’s man in Indy

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During the 2011 season, a certain Internet hack with whom you may be familiar floated the notion that, once the Colts “clinch” the first overall pick in the draft, they could/should fire coach Jim Caldwell and give Jim Tressel, who has been working for the team as a replay advisor, a late-season test drive.

It never came to that.  The Colts didn’t nail down the Luck (or maybe Griffin) pick until Week 17.  And Caldwell wasn’t fired during the season.

Still, Caldwell may get the job without a test drive.  Tony Dungy of NBC’s Football Night In America said on Monday’s edition of The Dan Patrick Show that he believes owner Jim Irsay has a person in mind — and that Dungy is hearing the person may be Jim Tressel.

As long as Dungy isn’t hearing that from Rob Lowe, Tressel could indeed be the guy.

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49 Responses to “Dungy thinks Jim Tressel could be Irsay’s man in Indy”
  1. furnzilla says: Jan 23, 2012 10:53 AM

    Is this Irsays decision or our new GM’s decision? We don’t need another jerry jones situation

  2. pdmjr says: Jan 23, 2012 10:54 AM

    WHY would they hire Caldwell now?

  3. jlb10 says: Jan 23, 2012 10:55 AM

    thanks for the update tony. we all GREATLY appreciate it.
    talking head

  4. wryly1 says: Jan 23, 2012 10:57 AM

    If true, there will be plenty plenty of second guessing, but I might observe there have been plenty of guys with less impressive resume’s who became NFL Head Coaches. If nothing else Tressel knows how to coach and has won big. We can bash him for the OSU scandal, but we can’t say it contributed to winning games.

  5. bdfun400 says: Jan 23, 2012 10:57 AM

    what stuns me is that no team has made tony dungy their GM yet..

  6. realitypolice says: Jan 23, 2012 10:58 AM

    How many people is that now that Dungy has had going there?

  7. jimr10 says: Jan 23, 2012 10:59 AM

    Hiring Tressel is a joke, right?

  8. indywilson40 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:03 AM

    I don’t think rehiring caldwell is a good idea.

  9. donttazemebro says: Jan 23, 2012 11:04 AM

    what,Barry Switzer said no?

  10. lmh1194 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:06 AM

    Why does it matter what Tony Dungy thinks? Just like Tony Dungy says Jim Caldwell and Leslie Frazier are such great coaches?

  11. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 23, 2012 11:07 AM

    Whose Tony Dungy?

  12. lolb23 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:07 AM

    Hmm can’t picture Peyton all tatted up…

  13. kisstherings says: Jan 23, 2012 11:11 AM

    Who (but you) cares what Dungy thinks or says? It’s bad enough we have to suffer through the milk toast post game shows with him. If he truly had the pulse of the Colts – He wouldn’t have told you two weeks ago that they were going to retain Caldwell.

  14. hcgraves says: Jan 23, 2012 11:12 AM

    Being a Colts fan i hope this is a early April fools joke.

  15. rculross7 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:13 AM

    furnzilla says:
    Jan 23, 2012 10:53 AM
    Is this Irsays decision or our new GM’s decision? We don’t need another jerry jones situation


    It’s Grigson’s decision, but as the owner of the team Irsay has the final say. Irsay has said that he rarely uses it, but as owner he can veto a decision.

  16. gnarlesbarkley says: Jan 23, 2012 11:14 AM


  17. irongershwin says: Jan 23, 2012 11:17 AM

    More importantly, what does Rob Lowe think of it?

  18. indycolts1 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:18 AM

    Still, Caldwell may get the job without a test drive. ?????
    I think you mean Tressel

  19. clintonportisheadd says: Jan 23, 2012 11:19 AM

    One would think Dungy is “wired in” with the Colts but I never remember him prognosticating that the Polians were about to be shown the door.

  20. echoplex89 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:21 AM

    peyton manning has made irsay look like a credible owner.

  21. thraiderskin says: Jan 23, 2012 11:22 AM

    Let a GM handle the situation Irsay, your beginning to sounds too much like a blow-hard.

  22. tubaplayingprof says: Jan 23, 2012 11:27 AM

    Hire Tressel; then trade for Michael Vick, then Aqib Talib, then Albert Haynesworth, then Laurence Maroney, Johnny Jolly, and set up the Dungy Church of Atonement and Redemption and Football Team. Instead of the Colts, change the mascot to that sheep holding the flag that symbolizes atonement…..

  23. realitypolice says: Jan 23, 2012 11:32 AM

    jimr10 says:
    Jan 23, 2012 10:59 AM
    Hiring Tressel is a joke, right?

    Why do you say that?

    By what reasoning is hiring a guy who won or shared the last 5 Big Ten championships and has a 94-22 record at his last stop a joke?

    His lack of NFL coaching experience? How’d that work out for Jim Harbaugh?

    NCAA violations? You really care about that nonsense? He lied to the NCAA? If you’ve ever watched an NFL coach’s press conference, you should know that lying is considered a fine art amongst them.

    I have no idea whether Tressel will be a good NFL coach or not, and neither do you.

    But the idea that his hiring would be a “joke” is a little hard to defend.

  24. phreakin says: Jan 23, 2012 11:33 AM

    look, i’m a Dungy fan but why is every “journalist” hanging on what he says? He hasn’t gotten one thing right yet and hasn’t been part of the Colts in several years. He has about as much insight into them as I do.

  25. dolphins4 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:38 AM

    Tressel is a winner,he reminds me of Dick Vermiel.

  26. emaimo80 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:39 AM

    That will make everyone want to play for the colts! Hire a proven cheater! Lol, I’m a dolphin fan and after reading this I know that we are not the worst run team in the n.f.l. If you were smart you would make Peyton manning an offer he could not refuse to become the next head coach of the Colts. With him coaching Andrew luck the colts would be set!

  27. popolover says: Jan 23, 2012 11:40 AM

    This is a Bill Polian decision, he is the one who brought him ‘onboard’.

  28. maryannwiththeshakyhands says: Jan 23, 2012 11:42 AM

    This just will not work. Tressel’s entire wardrobe is red.

  29. jolink653 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:42 AM

    jim tressel? really? when is the last time a college coach came to the nfl and was successful for more than one year?

  30. gmen1987 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:44 AM

    “Colt fans, introducing your starting QB for the 2012 season, Troy Smith”.

  31. lionsfan415 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:45 AM

    In unrelated news Andrew luck was seen in public with suspicious tattoos

  32. larrydavidstern says: Jan 23, 2012 11:46 AM

    Tressel would be a great Head coach. Just make sure he’s not calling plays and ur golden!

  33. glac1 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:52 AM

    What is Tony’s post season record as head coach???

  34. vikingdoode says: Jan 23, 2012 11:56 AM

    All of Dungy’s coordinators are sucking wind and I mean all…He need to now just go away and write another personal growth book….

    As Archie Bunker would say to Edith…..”SSSShud Up!”

  35. splattmando says: Jan 23, 2012 12:05 PM

    You posted: “Still, Caldwell may get the job without a test drive” I think you meant Still, Tressel may get

    Love your stuff.

  36. metalhead65 says: Jan 23, 2012 12:10 PM

    as a non colts fan living in Indiana I hope they hire him and draft luck or whoever and it takes years to turn it around. so much fun not having to listen the “our” colts nonsense now that they are not winning.

  37. dprouse says: Jan 23, 2012 12:10 PM

    @jolink653 – Tom Coughlin says hello. Well, not really – Coughlin doesn’t say hello to anyone. 🙂

    Every situation, and every coach, is different. I’ll freely admit to being a touch skeptical when the 49ers hired Harbaugh last year, for instance, but he sure proved me and every other doubter wrong. The “hot coordinator” route doesn’t always work either, as Todd Haley proved. (I never liked Haley’s act, and wasn’t shocked in the least that he crashed and burned.)

    I like the fact that Tressel is 59 – he has a ton of experience, and his record speaks for itself. His former players universally respect him, and all played hard for him. I’m not saying that Tressel is the best or only choice for the Colts – no one knows that for sure. I can say with certainty, though, that the Colts could do far worse.

  38. olcap says: Jan 23, 2012 12:12 PM

    So, let’s see, if Tressel gets the job, then that would make TWO known, underhanded, (some may even say criminal), head coaches of NFL teams.

    Why am I not surprised?

  39. dspyank2k11 says: Jan 23, 2012 12:13 PM

    its almost the offseason, that means….

    Dungy Time!!

  40. brenenostler says: Jan 23, 2012 12:19 PM

    Are there any coaches that are good to you guys? “Lovie Smith sucks.” “Mike Martz sucks.” “Jeff Fisher sucks.” “Rex Ryan sucks.” It’s like you can never agree on a good head coach. Tressel did real good at Ohio State. But that sucks apparently.

  41. lemmam says: Jan 23, 2012 12:44 PM

    if Tressel gets the job, under the NFL contract with the sideline gear ALL coaches must wear, will he be able to wear a vest and tie? I believe Nike is taking over the sideline gear next year.
    Please comment

  42. almighty1 says: Jan 23, 2012 12:47 PM

    I would worry less about Tress being a coach and more about the coordinators he would hire to coach the O and the D.

  43. packerman1968 says: Jan 23, 2012 1:06 PM

    Tony Tony Tony, You do not want to be a NFL coach. But you sure seem to want to run a team.

    You were over-rated then and you are now as well.

    Just make sure your “boys” get jobs they have not earned.

  44. 10kmp says: Jan 23, 2012 1:25 PM

    Tressel is a winner. He won five national titles, and his teams played in eight national championship games. The haters will hate, and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but if I’m a Colt’s fan I would much rather Irsay give Tressel an opportunity than to hire another retread NFL coach (i.e. Marty Mornhinweg, Brad Childress, Herm Edwards, Chan Gailey, Eric Mangini, et al). This league loves to give head coaches second or even third chances (Norv Turner), and are resistant to giving someone new entree into the fraternity. I would be very surprised, given the chance, if Tressel failed.

  45. CKL says: Jan 23, 2012 1:32 PM

    I think Dungy is the last person whose football judgment I would follow. He handpicked Caldwell & he thinks the world of Vick and helped him get back into the NFL on the “proper” team. Aren’t those two enough to tell people something????

  46. mike8016 says: Jan 23, 2012 1:41 PM

    I am sick of Dungy talking. He was an Overated coach who was lucky to have Peyton Manning for all those years. He makes stupid comments week in and week out and i am tired of hearing about him.

  47. Herb says: Jan 23, 2012 1:57 PM

    CKL: my sentiments exactly.

  48. Dawggpound says: Jan 23, 2012 3:09 PM

    If the Colts hire Tressel and if I were Andrew Luck, I would seriously consider pulling an “ELI” and getting myself traded elsewhere. Tressel is to offensive coordinators what Matt Millen was to general managers in the NFL. He will have him running the wishbone! If you are looking for someone to stunt the growth of your future franchaise QB, the “sweater vest” is the man!

  49. smokehouse56 says: Jan 23, 2012 6:25 PM

    They could do a lot worse than Tressel. This comes from a PSU fan who hates anything OSU.

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