Tony Dungy still not returning to coaching

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It took Bill Parcells a while to get to the Hall of Fame in part because the voters were never convinced that he was truly retired. With Tony Dungy, the possibility of the Hall of Famer taking his gold jacket back to the sideline never factored in to the thinking, and for good reason. Dungy has been unequivocal in the eight years since his retirement that he would not be returning to coaching.

For that reason, his name doesn’t come up publicly during most hiring cycles — even though he’d be a can’t-miss, A-list candidate if/when he decided to give it another whirl. Amid fairly strong chatter in league circles that the Jaguars may make a push for Dungy, I asked him if there was any chance of an unretirement.

“I am done with that for sure,” Dungy said.

If he were inclined to return, the Jaguars would be an intriguing possibility. But it’s not going to happen, in Jacksonville or anywhere else.

Since Dungy simply isn’t wired to create buzz about himself, there’s a good chance that he has had plenty of opportunities to return to coaching since stepping away from the Colts after the 2008 season, at the age of 53. He has consistently declined, and it’s clear that he will consistently continue to decline.

50 responses to “Tony Dungy still not returning to coaching

  1. He’s not an A-List coaching talent. He underachieved a lot with the Bucs and the Colts. Those Peyton Manning Colts teams should have more than 1 Super Bowl.

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  3. Ol’ one-and-done got into the HoF for these reasons:
    1) People had forgot Fritz Pollard was the NFL’s first black HC.
    2) Peyton Manning.
    3) Polian and Manning getting rules changed to suit Peyton’s style.
    4) The start of Dungy’s Colts tenure coincided The AFCE’s typically 6-10 Colts moving to the AFCS in 2002, seeing the team going from perennially being the 2nd/3rd-best team in their div to being able (until the last few years, after Dungy’s tenure) to easily sail into the playoffs as just about the only team. The AFCS was terribly soft during all of Dungy’s tenure.

  4. Tony Dungy? ‘A list candidate’? Maybe because of the Rooney Rule, other then that, he’s a horrible coach who owes most of his legacy to one single team with a top notch quarterback and that quarterbacks supporting all star cast who had been playing together, as a team, for quite sometime.

  5. Dungy, IMO, is a good coach — not great. Still he is better than several current HCs, probably more than half….as is Cowher, Gruden, Mariucci, Biilick, Jimmy J, et. al.

    I think the lack of quality in the NFL can be attributed to the lure of media jobs paying millions of dollars for a lot less effort. Some of these analysts are great HCs and should be coaching!

  6. I thought the argument always was that Manning had worse coaching during his time in Indy than other top tier QBs? Yet his former coach is STILL revered and wanted by other teams after all these years, and he is wrapped up nicely in a gold jacket to boot.

    Something’s gotta give for the apologists out there

  7. Not an “A” list coach, not even an “A” list commentator……………..I admire his charicter, his morals, his conviction, He may be an “A” list member of society but lets leave it at that !

  8. “Tony Dungy? ‘A list candidate’? Maybe because of the Rooney Rule, other then that, he’s a horrible coach who owes most of his legacy to one single team with a top notch quarterback and that quarterbacks supporting all star cast who had been playing together, as a team, for quite sometime.”

    Actually most of his legacy relates to the fact that he turned the historically terrible Bucs into a perpetual contender that reverted back to form two years after he left them.

    I dont think any part of his career says hes a horrible coach, just one that underperformed in the playoffs. Other then Bill and Pete name one active coach that you would take over Dungy?

  9. Don’t know why so many are thumbing down any post that says that Dungy was an over rated coach. He’s a defensive coach who’s teams were on the other side of a ridiculous amount of blowouts regularly. Peyton Mannings reputation was built on the fact that when the Colts won games it’s because he lead them to 30 to 40 points per game to outscore the amount of points the Colts defense would give up. Most importantly when his predecessor could only muster 2 wins without Manning using his playbook exposing how terrible the Tampa 2 really is he made excuses all day while on NBC to save his reputation.

    The first black coach to win a superbowl absolutely deserves to be in the Hall of Fame but to act like he would take any team to the superbowl just by being their coach is absolutely ridiculous considering how long it took him to do it during his prime. Same goes for guys like Bill Cowher. He won a Superbowl on his 152nd try and now people are like “every team needs him because he’s a winner”.

  10. thisonesforpat says:
    Dec 26, 2016 7:57 AM
    Hall of Fame? Not to me.

    Tony Dungy tweaked the concept of the cover 2 into the Tampa 2. He innovated a defensive scheme that each team still more or less use currently. If you want to argue he isn’t the greatest head coach of all time, that is fine. But to say he isn’t a Hall of Famer, then back your statement up.

  11. I’m glad he’s done, Manning called all the shots when they were last together and made him look good !!!

  12. He’s smarter than I give credit for….That term better to be silent and thought a fool than speak and relieve all doubt comes to mind. Right now people only remember his championship even though it was all Manning and Moore. The guy was a talking head always coached major talent finally got lucky. How many Super Bowls would Tampa Bay have won if he was not in the way. Stay in the booth Tony. Your input to the game is ranked right down there with colinsworth in my book.

  13. Why should he? He gets a free pass from the media and then the sheeple who believe them. He has gone down as some kind of good coach.

    He was a decent, not great coach who got close but never over the hump. His chief marketable skill is being a race-baiter and guilt surfer.

  14. He’s smarter than I give credit for….That term better to be silent and thought a fool than speak and relieve all doubt comes to mind. Right now people only remember his championship even though it was all Manning and Moore. The guy was a talking head always coached major talent finally got lucky. How many Super Bowls would Tampa Bay have won if he was not in the way. Stay in the booth Tony. Your input to the game is ranked right down there with colinsworth in my book.
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    You clearly don’t know much about football.

  15. Being n the right place at the right time is Dungy’s football career, good coach not great. I believed him when he retired that he was not coming back. Tony has a good gig, why go back?

  16. Dec 26, 2016 10:21 AM
    He’s smarter than I give credit for….That term better to be silent and thought a fool than speak and relieve all doubt comes to mind. Right now people only remember his championship even though it was all Manning and Moore. The guy was a talking head always coached major talent finally got lucky. How many Super Bowls would Tampa Bay have won if he was not in the way. Stay in the booth Tony. Your input to the game is ranked right down there with colinsworth in my book.
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    You clearly don’t know much about football.

    You are right….all those years in Tampa such a HC power it took Gruden how long to win a super bowl with them. What exactly happened when Peyton Manning was injured for an entire year? His defense was solid in Tampa…oh yeah Monte Kiffin…what about his defense in Indy? Oh he must have all of the sudden becam an offensive genius? Oh wait that was Tom Moore and Peyton Manning. I’m guessing you were not old enough to analyze football back in those days and based your info off which fatheads looked cooler on your walls under the stars glued to your ceiling in your bedroom….

  17. jag1959 says:
    Dec 26, 2016 8:40 AM
    He is in the HoF but Tom Flores and Don Coryell are not…smh
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    Tom Flores? Ha!!!! He’s a joke who was in the right place at the right time. Jimmy Johnson was a semi-finalist last year. He was a great coach and like Belichick, built a great team. I have no issue with Dungy. He was the first African American coach to win a Super Bowl. That counts for something. As far as coaching again, eight years out of the game is too much.

  18. Manning only had Dungy (who was good but not great) for less than half his career. The rest of his days were playing for Kubiak, Fox and Caldwell, all of whom have been fired in the past 5 years for poor performance. Brady had Belichik, Montana had Walsh, Marino had Shula.

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    I thought the argument always was that Manning had worse coaching during his time in Indy than other top tier QBs? Yet his former coach is STILL revered and wanted by other teams after all these years, and he is wrapped up nicely in a gold jacket to boot.

    Something’s gotta give for the apologists out there

  19. Tony Dungy should be in the Hall of Fame because he owns a record that no one will ever be able to touch:

    No ex-coach in history has turned down more jobs they weren’t being considered for.

    No, seriously. Tony Dungy is the most undeserving HOFer this side of Joe Namath.

  20. Never coached a game in his life. Glorified spiritual leader that inherited a great MKiffen D in TBay, followed by PManning, who coached the Colts.

  21. Can’t miss/ A list? You can’t be serious. I’m sure if I worked with him every week I’d have an inflated view of him too but there is no way he is a can’t miss coach. I’d say he’s more likely to be a bust unless he’s able to convince two top coordinators and a hall of fame qb to join him.

  22. I’m not saying Tony Dungy is a “great” coach, but I do think he’s a lot better than a lot of the current head coaches. I always find it funny how they say Mike Tomlin won the Super Bowl because he had Bill Cowher’s players, but Gruden “fixed” Tampa to win his Super Bowl.

  23. I always find it funny how they say Mike Tomlin won the Super Bowl because he had Bill Cowher’s players, but Gruden “fixed” Tampa to win his Super Bowl.
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    Dungy’s offense were average or worse in his time in Tampa;

    1996: 25th points, 24th yards
    1997: 12th, 18th
    1998: 12th, 9th
    1999: 14th, 19th
    2000: 4th, 19th
    2001: 10th, 15th

    Gruden took over and the 2002 team and transformed them into a top 5 offense (2nd points, 4th yards)

    I don’t think Gruden was a great coach, but I don’t think that 2002 team wins a Title without him.

  24. When will people stop talking about Dungy, Cohwer, and Gruden coaching? It’s not happening and in my opinion 2 of those coaches are vastly over rated.

  25. What hall of fame coach gets fired AND the very next year his team wins a Super Bowl. Because that happened to Dungy and the Bucs.

    #dungyshouldntveinthehof

  26. brianav036 says:
    Dec 26, 2016 1:11 PM
    When will people stop talking about Dungy, Cohwer, and Gruden coaching? It’s not happening and in my opinion 2 of those coaches are vastly over rated.

    ****

    Only 2?

  27. Someone needs to start a fund for every time it gets mentioned that Dungy, Cowher, or Gruden are potentially coming back, or are talking to folks about doing so, or are even thinking about doing so.

    If either wanted to do so, they would have done so by now.

    It is getting annoying but it would be a good fund raiser.

  28. Why such hate? He’s built 2 great teams, one with a great QB and one without. Held the great Rams a few points in a playoff game. So much goes into NFL coaching where you armchair guys have no idea.

  29. bjwbrown2011 says:
    Dec 26, 2016 9:34 AM
    I dont think any part of his career says hes a horrible coach, just one that underperformed in the playoffs. Other then Bill and Pete name one active coach that you would take over Dungy?
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    John Fox. Took two separate teams into the Super Bowl.

  30. pastabelly says:
    Dec 26, 2016 10:36 AM

    Tom Flores? Ha!!!! He’s a joke who was in the right place at the right time.
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    Twice. Which is one more than his predecessor who IS in the HOF…

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