How long will Tony Dungy walk the sideline?

Full story: The Indianapolis Star

Few franchises have been led so assuredly, so steadily, so effectively from the first day the new coach settled into his office.
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Jan 10, 2008
 
Of all the accolades bestowed upon Dungy my favorite was by Mel Blount who called him the "smartest player he ever played with".
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#2
Jan 10, 2008
 
I have to tell you Mr. Chappell. I really believe you gave no thought or consideration to the Colts team on the timing for your article. I think you could have used it AFTER the season was over. The players and staff don't need that kind of distraction about their coach right now. How thoughtless!
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#3
Jan 10, 2008
 
Tony has earned the right to walk away whenever he wants. He is and has been a great coach for the Colts and a great ambassador of the game.

Dont fret about the future of the helm of the Colts. If Dungy walks away, we will have our pick of any coach out there. This is the best job in the NFL. As long as most of the coordinators stay around, a new coach can step right in without any fall off.

Bill Cowher......want a great shot at another ring?

Not sure if such a drastic change in styles would work though.

FYI.........John Clayton says after mondays practice that Marvin looks like "the marvin of old". Dungy says he has his quickness back and that he and Peyton still have their great timing. He hasnt committed to him playing this weekend, though. He was all set to play last week, but they held him out, so who knows what will happen.

It will be really really good to see 88 back out there though. If the defense comes ready, we should handle SD pretty good.
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#4
Jan 10, 2008
 
You missed one point in this story. Tony listens to a higher voice than any you mentioned also. He keeps in touch with his precious Lord. And you can bet they talk it over. But Please, Lord, he is too young to quit now. I know he will plan on doing more for You after he retires, but, oh how much he is doing for You now.
Many an athlete sees that it can be done with the Lord walking besides them. No finer example than the man walking the Colts sideline.
Crystal

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Jan 10, 2008
 
Colts Fan wrote:
You missed one point in this story. Tony listens to a higher voice than any you mentioned also. He keeps in touch with his precious Lord. And you can bet they talk it over. But Please, Lord, he is too young to quit now. I know he will plan on doing more for You after he retires, but, oh how much he is doing for You now.
Many an athlete sees that it can be done with the Lord walking besides them. No finer example than the man walking the Colts sideline.
Amen!!!!!!
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Jan 10, 2008
 
Colts Fan wrote:
You missed one point in this story. Tony listens to a higher voice than any you mentioned also. He keeps in touch with his precious Lord. And you can bet they talk it over. But Please, Lord, he is too young to quit now. I know he will plan on doing more for You after he retires, but, oh how much he is doing for You now.
Many an athlete sees that it can be done with the Lord walking besides them. No finer example than the man walking the Colts sideline.
Amen to this post! Tony IS doing a lot for the Lord in the job he has now. I would hate to see him retire, but he and his family must decide that time. God bless Tony Dungy.
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Jan 10, 2008
 
Coach Dungy,

You'll always be known as the coach that took the Colts to the top of the NFL. You've made this town a "football town", and for that I thank you. But, more importantly you've developed hundreds of young men in wonderful role models on and off the field. This is what you'll be remembered for most.

I hope you stay long enough that my young sons can remember seeing you on the Colts sidelines. If not, they'll surely enjoy the legacy you left behind.

God bless you Coach Dungy!
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Jan 10, 2008
 
We love you Tony! Stay!!!!!!!!!!
Rick the Colts Fan

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#9
Jan 10, 2008
 
If the sidelines were swimming pools could Tony still walk them? I'll tell you, this situation is such a far cry from the Kush, Meyer, George, Dickerson, etc., era that it is truly unbelievable. I used to drive 100 miles to the games back in the 80's and finally gave up my tickets because, to me, it just was not worth it, although I never stopped loving the Colts. Jimmy Irsay, you are the man. Before you and Bill Polian I am convinced we would have taken Leaf instead of Manning and Ricky Williams instead of Edgerrin. Just two examples of the way the Colts used to do things. The Bengals are making the same kind of dumb moves today and are stuck wondering why they cannot win games. Character means everything.
Colt fans, cherish this era for what it is. With the people we have in place there is no reason it can't go on for quite some time. One month from now all the talking heads will be debating on why they overlooked the Colts, what with their fascination with the Patriots.
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#10
Jan 10, 2008
 
Tony will know when to step down. Until that time comes we should count our blessings every day for his presence as our coach and leader. We need to be thankful every day for this special era we are living right now with the Colts. Let's not be arrogant about how good our team is, but take Tony's lead and acknowledge their greatness with humilty.
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Jan 10, 2008
 
Tony Dungy fan wrote:
Coach Dungy,
You'll always be known as the coach that took the Colts to the top of the NFL. You've made this town a "football town", and for that I thank you. But, more importantly you've developed hundreds of young men in wonderful role models on and off the field. This is what you'll be remembered for most.
I hope you stay long enough that my young sons can remember seeing you on the Colts sidelines. If not, they'll surely enjoy the legacy you left behind.
God bless you Coach Dungy!
Couldn't have said it better myself.
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Jan 10, 2008
 
What a great Coach! I'm a Pats fan through and through, but I think Tony is such a complete coach. I love Belechick because he wins (and don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade him for anyone right now because of the incredible legacy he has established in New England), however, Dungy is close if not already his equal in his coaching acumen, and off the field, Dungy is nothing but class and afability. You Colts fans are very fortunate to have such a great coach - wish Belechick would notice from looking at Dungy that you don't have to be so one dimensional to be a winning coach.

Here's hoping we both meet in the AFC Championship...however, I have to admit that Jacksonville is going to give us a heck of a fight and could very well pull off the upset of the season. Good luck to you guys against San Diego.

“Love wins.”

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Jan 10, 2008
 
"He's not demonstrative on the sideline as Madden was and so many of today's coaches are, and he doesn't demean his players. But he'll rip off his headset and chase down an official if he believes his team has been wronged."

=) My favorite excerpt from this article. Everyone knows when Dungy has something to say!

God bless you & your family, Dungy! We love you and hope you never leave..but know one day the Lord will tell you it's time to move on. Until then..GO COLTS!!!
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#14
Jan 10, 2008
 
As far as I am concerned Tony Dungy has proven himself to be the best Head Coach the Indianapolis Colts have ever had. He is welcome to stay here as long as he chooses to from my point of view. Once he does decide to retire he will be very difficult, if not impossible to replace. Words can not say what he has done for the Colts franchise.
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#15
Jan 10, 2008
 
I think Dungy would regret leaving if he quits now. I think once he accomplished the things that he wants to do after the Colts he will would look back and think that he cut his time with the Colts short. He can coach for a few more years and still have loads of time to do the great things he surely will go on to do. The longer he coaches the bigger of a legacy he will leave and the legacy this guy is creating is sure one Indiana will be proud of.
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Jan 10, 2008
 
All I know is that I love having Tony Dungy in Indianapolis. He has brought nothing but class to the city and to the Indianapolis Colts. His humbleness and faith have made me want to have the same kind of faith that he has. I hope he stays in Indy for a very long time, and I hope that his players are learning about this "quiet strength" that inhabits him so well. It seems to have rubbed on!!!!

“Love wins.”

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Jan 10, 2008
 
bhoof wrote:
What a great Coach! I'm a Pats fan through and through, but I think Tony is such a complete coach. I love Belechick because he wins (and don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade him for anyone right now because of the incredible legacy he has established in New England), however, Dungy is close if not already his equal in his coaching acumen, and off the field, Dungy is nothing but class and afability. You Colts fans are very fortunate to have such a great coach - wish Belechick would notice from looking at Dungy that you don't have to be so one dimensional to be a winning coach.
Here's hoping we both meet in the AFC Championship...however, I have to admit that Jacksonville is going to give us a heck of a fight and could very well pull off the upset of the season. Good luck to you guys against San Diego.
Good luck to you as well.=) Thanks for the kind words and hope to see you in the AFCCG. It's going to be a great one!
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Jan 10, 2008
 
I have been a Colts fan since the day they came to Indy. For years I've seen the revolving door of coaches, players and "so called fans". Watching Coach Dungy handle himself with poise, character, and Grace has not only reinforced my faith in the Colts, but it has also reinforced my belief that we all answer to a higher power. When it's all said and done, football is only a small footnote in this man's amazing life. He has led by example. Spoken quietly, but with unwavering confidence in his faith, his family and his team. When faced with the unimaginable loss of his son; the character he displayed and continues to display has not only inspired countless to look beyond their problem to see there is more to life and that greater blessing lie ahead. You have been an example of what a man is. It's an example I am inspired to follow. God bless you Coach and your entire family.
Hebrews 11:1
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#19
Jan 10, 2008
 
There is no way bhoof is a Pats fan...he said something nice about the Colts, and then wished us Goodluck.

I thinked someone spiked my morning Coffee....
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#20
Jan 10, 2008
 
Dungy is a class coach. I have never seen a coaching style like his before. He always seems so cool under pressure. He has earned the right to retire whenever he feels ready. He is a great coach and a great leader to these young athletes. I love the Colts and Dungy because they live and play the game with a little humility. The Colts are such a mentally strong team. As this season has gone, many other teams would have given up on the season. That thought never crossed our mind. We may not have the best record, or look like the best team on paper. But I believe that the Indianapolis Colts are hands down the best team in the league right now, and have been all year long. It just goes to show what a great coach Dungy is...Good luck this weekend! GO COLTS!

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