Former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy retired after the 2008 season. He has made it clear that he has no interest in coaching again.
And he says that he’s not interested in the current opening in Dallas.
“I kind of expect to be contacted by everybody who has an opening now, just to see if you’re interested,” Dungy told The Dan Patrick Show. “And I guess I probably would do the same thing if I was in that situation. I’m not interested. But you never know what’s gonna happen or who’s gonna call.”
He said he has not yet been contacted by the Cowboys, and he said that he would advise owner Jerry Jones to hire someone who’s “like” Dungy.
Patrick then tried twice to coax a name or two out of Dungy as to who is “like” him, but Dungy ultimately didn’t name names. “There’s a couple of people that probably aren’t going to be high profile enough for Jerry,” Dungy said, explaining that Jones needs someone like Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden, or Mike Holmgren.
Dungy is right. Jones needs to hold a fickle fan base together, and to fill up a cavernous stadium. He needs to restore faith in the franchise. And he needs to do it with the kind of big-name hire that will sell enough hope to in the hopes of selling tickets and jerseys and plenty of other things carry the blue star.