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  • Dungy accepts five-year offer to coach Colts

    Tuesday, Jan. 22
    The Colts' hiring of Tony Dungy reunites two coaches, Dungy and offensive coordinator Tom Moore, who worked well together in both Pittsburgh and Minnesota. Dungy gives the Colts the edge they have lacked for the last few years and allows them to keep the offense intact under Moore, a coach who has no objective other than to win games and championships. With Moore running the offense, Dungy will be able to work his defensive magic, bringing that side up to match the offense. It looks like an early recipe for a Super Bowl. Now the Colts need to get the players who best suit Dungy's defensive philosophy. It is likely to take at least two years to acquire and draft the right players and get them to play and understand the philosophy. With eight new starters, however, the Rams were able to turn around their defense in one year, so it can be done. Don't short-change what Dungy could do in the short term.


    INDIANAPOLIS -- Tony Dungy didn't need much time to get a new job. Eight days after being fired in Tampa Bay, Dungy reached an agreement in principle to coach the Indianapolis Colts and a formal introduction is expected Wednesday.

    "Colts president Bill Polian and Ray Anderson, coach Dungy's representative, are working out the final details," Polian said in a statement. "Both parties expect things will go smoothly." Polian was not available to take questions and a phone message left on Dungy's home answering machine in Tampa, Fla., was not immediately returned. Dungy had returned home after being in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl earlier Tuesday, Anderson said. Colts owner Jim Irsay said the team had reached a five-year contract with Dungy. The contract, ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reported, is worth about $12.5 million. That is between $4 million and $5 million more than the Carolina Panthers offered on a five-year deal. The Panthers' proposal was also severely backloaded. Irsay said the Colts had engaged in a bidding war for Dungy with the Panthers. "We weren't going to be outbid for Tony Dungy. He was going to be a Colt for sure," Irsay said. The decision between the Panthers and the Colts, sources told ESPN.com, was more difficult than some felt it would be. Although the Colts are a more talented team, and could contend immediately for a spot in the playoffs if Dungy can enact a quick-fix on the defensive side of the ball, he liked the city of Charlotte and the challenge the Panthers represent. "There was a lot more deliberation here than people probably think," one source said. "The folks in Carolina, the ownership and management there, were impressive." Dungy will join the New York Jets' Herman Edwards as the only black head coaches in the NFL. Dungy, 46, was fired by Tampa Bay last week. The Colts fired coach Jim Mora on Jan. 8, primarily because he refused to get rid of former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Fangio has since accepted the coordinator's post with the expansion Houston Texans. Mora went 32-34 and took Indianapolis to the playoffs twice in four seasons. The Colts went 6-10 this season. Dungy was the most successful coach in Buccaneers history, going 54-42 in six seasons and leading the team to the playoffs four times. The Bucs were 9-8 this season, including a loss to Philadelphia in the wild-card round. But Dungy also fit the profile Polian wanted -- a defensive-minded coach whose system would work with young players. Polian believed Fangio's system was too complex for the Colts young defense. Indianapolis had six first-time starters in its lineup last season and Polian said two weeks ago that the Colts could have four or five more new starters next season. Polian also interviewed New York Jets defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell and was reportedly interested in Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Greg Blache. Cottrell also has interviewed with the Carolina Panthers and San Diego Chargers, his agent, Joe Linta, said Tuesday. But Dungy's defenses ranked among the league's best throughout his tenure with the Buccaneers, including No. 1 rankings in 1998 and 2000. The Colts defense ranked 29th in defense last season. Dungy's decision likely means the Panthers will now turn to New York Giants defensive coordinator John Fox to fill their head coaching vacancy.

    ESPN.com senior writer Len Pasquarelli and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • #2
    Hey the Rams proved you could do it in one year. Remember, the Colts got hurt at WR this year, both Wilkins and Reggie Wayne were down together at some point. And then James goes down, but Dominic Rhodes stepped up and played well.

    If I was them, I would keep Chad Bratzke, Idrees Bashir and Marcus Washington. Get rid of everyone else, and with their draft position they could possibly get a Quentin Jammer, Wendell Bryant or John Henderson. All three of those guys can play D. I watched Jammer play here at UT, he'll hit you. They aren't that far off, they still have Manning, Harrison and James.

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    • #3
      I usually bear a grudge on teams who fire coaches I like for at least a year, but the Colts have upgraded in getting Dungy. Watch for big things from them next year.
      Then again, I picked them to go to the Super Bowl THIS year, so whadda I know?

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      • #4
        I will definately be watching to see what the colts do. I hated it when we played Tampa...however just because Dungy was the old coach doesn't mean he will beat us as a Colt. But I will be watching...

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        • thoey
          Well, if we can beat the Colts, history says our future is bright...
          by thoey
          From KFFL:

          October 11, 2005 11:55 AM ET
          Colts: Dungy looking to take next step

          The News

          The Colts are 5-0, but the last two times Tony Dungy has brought an undefeated club into its sixth game, things haven't worked out so well. "The two times I've been 5-0, we've ended up losing big games," Dungy told the Indianapolis Star. "We really need to get this one, and it will be a good feeling if we can get to six."

          Our View

          In 1997, Dungy's Buccaneer squad went 5-0 before losing to Green Bay. In 2003, the Colts started 5-0 before falling to Carolina in overtime. It's interesting to note that both the Packers and Panthers went on to the Super Bowl in the season they stopped Indy's winning streak. The last time Indy went 6-0, they finished 9-3 and won the 1958 NFL Championship.
          -10-12-2005, 07:53 AM
        • Nick
          Diem signs seven-year deal to stay with Colts
          by Nick
          Diem signs seven-year deal to stay with Colts

          INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts signed right tackle Ryan Diem to a seven-year contract Monday, another step in keeping their high-scoring offense together for one more season.

          The next move could come Tuesday, with the Colts expected to place the franchise designation on Pro Bowl running back Edgerrin James.

          Diem's deal kept him from becoming an unrestricted free agent in March. Salary figures were not immediately available, but the salary-cap friendly deal was believed to include a signing bonus of about $12 million.

          "This is the best of all worlds," Diem's agent Cliff Brady said. "He got the team he wanted, the deal he wanted and it worked out real well."

          The biggest question left on offense is James, who has not spoken with the Indianapolis media since the Colts' 20-3 second-round playoff loss at New England.

          James' agent, Scott Parker, has not returned phone messages left at his office by The Associated Press, and the Colts also have not commented.

          On Dec. 9, one day after re-signing record-setting wide receiver Marvin Harrison, Colts owner Jim Irsay said he would franchise James if a deal wasn't completed before Tuesday's 4 p.m. Eastern deadline. That move would guarantee James a salary of slightly more than $6 million next season. A few other details must still be worked out.

          But the Colts did work out the details with Diem, who has started each of the last three seasons for the Colts and has proven one of the team's most versatile linemen.

          He started 21 of 31 games in 2001 and 2002, mostly at right guard, then moved to right tackle in 2003 and beat out Adam Meadows for the starting job. Diem missed three games in 2003 because of injury and started all 16 games last season.

          Brady said that although he had heard other teams were interested, Diem didn't want to move in part because his wife attends veterinary school at nearby Purdue and could finish her degree next spring.

          More important for the Colts, it keeps the offensive line in place.

          "I think it's huge because you have your left tackle, center and right tackle set," Brady said. "You have receivers set, and the only thing that's missing is the guards."

          Left guard Rick DeMulling could still become an unrestricted free agent March 2, and the Colts other starting guard, Tupe Peko, is a restricted free agent.

          DeMulling's agent, Ken Staninger, said last week he had not yet begun discussing a new deal with the Colts.

          Several players with salary-cap numbers, such as tight end Marcus Pollard, defensive end Brad Scioli and kicker Mike Vanderjagt, might be asked to restructure their deals even though the Colts now have room to maneuver under the salary cap.

          Pollard, for...
          -02-21-2005, 09:32 PM
        • ramsbruce
          All this talk about the Colts D
          by ramsbruce
          Heres the thing, everyone is talking about the Colts D and how the Rams could easily get blown out. Well the way I see it, the Colts D hasn't played ANYBODY yet. The Colts have played Baltimore's ridiculous offense, Jacksonville who are just OK on offense nothing spectacular, Cleveland nuff said there lol, Tennessee who really have lost a step or two, and the Whiners with a ROOKIE QB in his first start. So yes the Colts D have looked great but wait untill they play some offensive minded teams before calling them the 85 Bears. Until the Colts shut down some REAL offenses it's really hard to say the Colts D is for real. I would say they are improved but they haven't proved anything yet.
          -10-12-2005, 12:12 PM
        • OldRamsfan
          Indianapolis Colts Coach Dungy's Son Dies
          by OldRamsfan
          TAMPA, Fla. -- Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy's son James, 18, was found dead in an apartment near Tampa Bay, Fla., Thursday morning.

          Police said there were no signs of foul play, but did not confirm if the cause of death was suicide. A spokeswoman in the local sheriff's office says a cause of death won't be announced pending an autopsy.

          Police said Dungy's girlfriend called them at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Dungy was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

          James Dungy was a 2005 graduate of North Central High School in Indianapolis.

          NFL.com reports Tony Dungy is headed to Florida, where his son was found dead.

          Dungy and his wife, Lauren, have four other children: daughters Tiara and Jade and sons Eric and Jordan.

          The Colts are 13-1 and have a game in Seattle Saturday.

          Fans Offer Prayers

          Colts fans are posting prayers and messages of support for coach Tony Dungy on a message board on a Colts fan Web site.

          Dungy also coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

          One Tampa Bay fan wrote that Dungy was not only a great coach for the Bucs, but "an even better person." Another person wrote asking God to give strength to Dungy during this difficult time.

          What a shame Wow , nothing else too say ...
          -12-22-2005, 09:59 AM
        • -Scar-
          Colts coaches Tom Moore and Howard Mudd officially retire
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