Jay Glazer of FOX SPORTS is reporting that Tony Dungy is stepping down as coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
The team has a news conference scheduled for 5 p.m. Eastern. In the meantime, Glazer reports that Dungy has been “walking around the team’s complex saying goodbye to players and team employees and informing them that the transition should be a smooth one for new coach Jim Caldwell.”
Well, at least the Colts won’t have to deal with a long, protracted coaching search to find Tony’s replacement. And with Caldwell being African-American, the club has already conveniently complied with the Rooney Rule.
Dungy had reportedly discussed his coaching future with his family, and decided to hang up his whistle “while the Colts’ nucleus was still intact.”
In other words, Tony doesn’t want to be around when Peyton’s arm finally falls off, or Marvin Harrison has to deal with more legal problems stemming from that shooting incident in Philadelphia.
To be fair, Dungy has been one of the most highly-respected coaches in the NFL, and with good reason. He was able to turn around the fortunes of the sad-sack Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and was able to bring a Super Bowl trophy to Indianapolis. And players & coaches from the across the league have said nothing but praise & respect for the soon-to-be ex-Colts coach.