Congratulation to Coach Tony Dungy and the Colts.
Oh what I would give to have Coach Dungy Back.
Lets compare: Dungy joined the Colts after being the most successful head coach in Tampa Bay history. Dungy coached the Buccaneers from 1996-2001, compiling a 54-42 regular season record and earning four playoff appearances in six seasons. In the 10 seasons before Dungy’s arrival, the Buccaneers were 43-111 with nine double-digit loss seasons.
In 1997, Dungy was named Professional Coach of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club after guiding the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record and a wild card playoff victory over Detroit.
Under Dungy, the Buccaneers won the NFC Central in 1999, their first division championship in 18 seasons (1981) and then the third in franchise history (1979, 1981). Also that season, the Buccaneers came within a late drive of playing in the Super Bowl, losing to eventual champion St. Louis, 11-6. Tampa Bay was one of only two teams in 1999 to hold the Rams under 15 points.
During Dungy’s tenure, the Buccaneers quickly developed into one of the NFL’s stingiest defenses. In 2001, they were one of two teams to hold the Rams below 20 points. They finished sixth in the NFL in total defense and were eighth in the league in points allowed with 280. In 2000, the club set a team record with 55 sacks.
Then the unexpected happened, the Glazers got greedy and fired Dungy for what? WINNING and Making the PLAYOFFS. They did this only to take them to the Promise land. Sure Gruden won us a Championship, but it was Dungy’s Defense that won that Super Bowl. Gruden has now destroyed a great team and a great Defense. Gruden is a losing coach, while Dungy continues to win and make the playoffs every year.
Tony Dungy entered his fifth season as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Dungy took the helm of the club on January 22, 2002, after serving six seasons with Tampa Bay. Dungy has directed the Colts to a 60-20 regular-season record, Five playoff appearances, Four AFC South titles and Two AFC Championship game during his five seasons in Indianapolis. The club was 10-6 in his initial season, and he guided the Colts to 12-4, 12-4 and 14-2 division-winning seasons in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Dungy helped the club defend a divisional crown for three consecutive seasons for the first time since 1975-77.
Gruden’s record as the Bucs Head Coach is 39- 41 regular season record. Sure in 2002, he won the NFC Championship game and the Super Bowl. (But it is argued that it is Dungy’s team that won.) I never believed that but, I am starting to, and if Dungy gets to the Super Bowl and hell what if his Colts win the Super Bowl the talk will then surely start. Gruden’s legacy could be in trouble. 2003, NO POST SEASON. 2004, NO POST SEASON. 2005, we returned to POST SEASON and won the NFC SOUTH CHAMPION TITLE, only to lose in the wild card game against the Redskins. Then we hit rock bottom this season with 4-12. AND GRUDEN KEEPS HIS JOB WHY?