Tag:Tony Dungy
Posted on: May 6, 2011 7:25 pm
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Hot Routes 5.6.11: Count Javier Arenas as lucky



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • As a devastating tornado raged around him in Tuscaloosa, Chiefs DB Javier Arenas took shelter in a bathtub. Arenas was fine, but a block away, the weather caused complete devastation. Said Arenas: “I want to thank the makers of my tub.
  • Although Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz turned down a contract extension from the club, he still says he badly wants to stay in Chicago. He’s just letting his negotiator do his thing.
  • TV broadcaster Gus Johnson isn’t necessarily gone from CBS quite yet. Here’s hoping he and CBS can come to sort of agreement on a new contract.
  • Legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula speaks to the Miami Herald about a variety of topics, including how he was disappointed when Bill Parcells abruptly bailed on the organization.
  • If the Buccaneers end up on Hard Knocks this season, Tony Dungy has some advice for the players: Don’t try to be like Sidney Poitier.

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Posted on: March 29, 2011 11:56 am
 

Offseason Checkup: Indianapolis Colts

Posted by Will Brinson

 

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While the Colts were (*YAWN*) winning their ninth straight division title last year, holding off challenges from, I don’t know, the Jaguars I guess, Indianapolis showed cracks in its foundation that will have to be rectified if the Colts plan to continue dominating the AFC South.

Remember when the Texans upset Indianapolis in the season opener, and we (or at least, I) thought it was a brand new day in that division? Remember when, with the 38-35 loss to the Cowboys in Week 13, we wondered if Indianapolis, 6-6 at the time, would even make the postseason? Well, the Colts corrected themselves to win the final four games of the regular season, winning three of three division contests in the process, to earn the chance to lose to the Jets in the first round of the playoffs.

The Colts, though, no longer seem infallible. They’re, in fact, awfully beatable, and they’ll have to make some corrections this offseason to make it 10-straight championships.



Running game, head coaching questions

The Colts haven’t compiled a top-10 rushing attack since 2001, but that hasn’t stopped them from taking home nine-straight 10-win (or better) seasons since then (for the record, Indianapolis had the No. 7 rushing offense in the league in 2001, but the team finished 6-10). Last year, though, you could see the lack of a top-notch back to bail out QB Peyton Manning when he wasn’t playing well was a real detriment to the team.

The Colts ranked 29th in the run game last season with 92.7 yards per game. Hey, it’s an improvement on 2009 (32nd in the run game with 80.9 yards per game), but still, it’s not good enough.

Regarding Jim Caldwell, is anybody convinced he’s the next coaching legend? His record is outstanding, but the critics would say you could throw any old guy wearing a headset out there and pay him to watch Manning win games for you. I’m not saying those critics are right; I’m just saying it’s something to think about (though it’s not a great thing that owner Jim Irsay had to give him a vote of confidence after the 2010 season).



1. Better quality offensive linemen
This partly ties into the running game, but the Colts are in need of a solid group of guys to protect Manning. C Jeff Saturday is fine anchoring the middle of the line, though he’s in his mid-30s now, and while the line improved late in the season (not that it had anywhere to go but up), a left tackle would be nice so Charlie Johnson could move to the right side of the line. Manning does a nice job of getting the ball off quickly (which is why he doesn’t take many sacks), but you don’t want him taking more hits than he must. Although the Colts hardly ever draft offensive linemen in the early rounds of the draft – Bill Polian just doesn’t do it – this year might not be a bad idea to start.

2. Run-stopping DT
While Fili Moala, in 2010, had a big improvement over his rookie season, the Colts still ranked 25th in run defense. That’s why many mock drafts have Indianapolis selecting Oregon State’s Stephen Paea with the No. 22 pick (Polian also isn’t a fan of taking DTs very high in the draft). There’s little question that DEs Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney don’t have a problem finding the quarterback. But in order for the Colts to make deeper playoff runs – and four times in the past six postseasons, they’ve failed to win a game (the other two times, they made the Super Bowl) – they need somebody who can stop the run.

3. Backup QB
It’s time to stop thinking of Manning as an immortal Superman who rarely makes mistakes and never gets hurt. Instead, Manning was more mistake-prone than usual last year (his 17 interceptions were the most since 2002), and his backup, Curtis Painter, is simply not starting NFL quarterback quality. The problem here is that Manning – who is still a top-five quarterback, for sure – is going to make sooo much money the remainder of his career, Indianapolis probably can’t afford to bring in a quality, start-on-a-dime signal-caller. So, for now, the Colts will continue to pray the 35-year-old Manning doesn’t fall off a cliff (figuratively and literally).



Caldwell took a ton of heat after the Colts playoff loss to the Jets for calling an ill-advised timeout that allowed the Jets to regroup and win the game at the last minute. Sure, he’s 24-8 (2-2 in the postseason) in his two years in Indianapolis, but Caldwell isn’t shown the same respect as his predecessor Tony Dungy (one was the leader of the team, some say, and one is basically a figurehead coach).

On offense, though, Manning is the one running the offense, and how he plays usually is how the Colts go. For now, Indianapolis will be fine, because Manning is still really, really good. But what if he’s not next year? Is Caldwell the guy who can right the ship if everything is going bonkers? Frankly, we don’t know for sure. It shouldn’t matter this year or next (unless Manning gets hurt). But soon enough, that question will be the most relevant one to ask.

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Posted on: March 20, 2011 12:02 am
 

Vick, Dungy visit Tampa area prison

Posted by Andy Benoit

So what is Michael Vick doing during the lockout? Heading to prison – sort of. With Tony Dungy, the Eagles quarterback visited about 1,000 soon-to-be-released inmates at Avon Park (Fla.) Correctional Institution.

"It was very humbling and at the same time, a bit overwhelming. You really didn't know what to expect," Vick told the Associated Press via Pro Football Talk. "Hopefully I can be an example to somebody. The thing that I was trying to get across is that we all can be instruments of change. That's something that I've been proactive about since I stepped out of prison and I'm enjoying every minute of it."

Dungy said, “I told Michael when we met in Leavenworth is that he’d be able to do some things, say some things and reach some people that no one else can. Other people can go in and say ‘Here is what you should do.’  It may be coming from somebody who they really respect, but not somebody who really knows what they’ve been through.

“When they see Mike, they say, ‘Here’s somebody that lived in my shoes for two years.’”

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Posted on: January 9, 2011 3:52 pm
 

For Peyton's sake, Colts should dump Caldwell

Posted by Will Brinson

Saturday night, our own Gregg Doyel wrote a column about the stupidity of Jim Caldwell calling a timeout with 30 seconds left in a game that saw Indy fall to New York 17-16. The premise being that he allowed second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez to regroup, the Jets to gameplan for a big gain, and Nick Folk to attempt a much easier field goal. The premise, by the way, is correct.

And while it seems really difficult to call for a coach's head when he was two wins away from a perfect season/Super Bowl combo in 2009 and won a divisional championship in 2010, it might be time to think about getting rid of Jim Caldwell.

Why? Well, it ties in with a great argument that the guys on the mothership had during The NFL Today about whether or not Peyton Manning can win another Super Bowl in his career:



This is relevant because the Colts will always be dangerous as long as Peyton's on the field. They'll have a chance at winning the AFC South with Peyton and they'll have a shot at the Super Bowl with Peyton. But it's also going to take a much stouter defense (one that doesn't get utterly dominated by the run, a la the second half against the Jets on Saturday) to bump up the odds that Peyton retires with multiple titles.

And Caldwell, who was Manning's quarterbacks coach before replacing Tony Dungy as head coach, simply doesn't bring a defensive presence. Look, you can't argue with his record and the success the Colts have had the last two years, except for Super Bowl wins (zero, but, yes, that's a tough argument).

You can, however, argue that Caldwell serves, at best, as a figurehead for the organization. Peyton Manning calls his own plays; you don't have to be an insider to realize that. And a new coach, particularly one who's defensive-minded, probably wouldn't have a huge issue stepping into Caldwell's role with Indy, beefing up the Colts' defensive scheme, and letting Manning do whatever he wants to do on the offensive end.

It would be awkward as hell, sure, to let Caldwell go given his resume. But time is running shorter for the Colts when it comes to Peyton's career. And since they're about to invest possibly the biggest contract in NFL history in him for the duration of his quarterbacking years, there just so happen to be a lot of very impressive defensive guys (Rob Ryan, Perry Fewell, Ron Rivera or even John Fox) on the market as possible head coaches.

Speaking strictly from an objective point of view, it makes a lot of sense to at least discuss the options that might be available.

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 10:08 am
Edited on: November 23, 2010 10:23 am
 

Tony Dungy has no interest in Minnesota gig

Posted by Will Brinson

Whew -- someone got fired (Brad Childress) and we very nearly made it 24 hours without discussing Tony Dungy as a replacement for the job. That would have resulted, of course, in the world exploding.

But, same as it ever was, Dungy isn't interested in the not-actually-open job in Minnesota, even though he's from the area. (Dungy was also ludicrously mentioned in the rumors for the Minnesota Golden Gophers gig, but at least this is NFL-related.)

That's according to an interview that Dungy did with the Associated Press, in which he informed them he won't be throwing his name in the hat for the Vikes job should it open up after the season.

All "Dungy's always mentioned" jokes aside, though, this is one coaching candidacy that everyone who cares about the NFL should want to see him weighing in on. That's because Leslie Frazier, the current interim coach for Minnesota, is an extremely talented guy who deserves a gig, and previously on Dungy's staff that won the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

"I know he feels like he's ready for the job," Dungy said.

For whatever reason (speculation seems a touch unfair to any NFL owners who may have passed on him), Frazier hasn't landed a head coaching gig yet -- hopefully, a strong performance with the Vikings and Dungy's endorsement will change that.

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 3:13 pm
 

Jerry Jones solicited by SB-winning coaches?

Posted by Will Brinson

It's pretty well established that when Jerry Jones hires a new coach for the Cowboys -- provided he doesn't go with the best-case nuclear option where he coaches the team himself -- it will be someone famous within the coaching world.

Or at least someone successful anyway, and Jones stated on KRLD-FM that he'd heard from "Super Bowl-winning coaches" who were interested in the gig.

"I will say that before I made the decision with Wade Phillips, I had Super Bowl-winning coaches solicit this job," Jones said, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.

This seems pretty logical since it's a good job to get, but boy, does Jason Garrett get any reprieve from additional pressure this year? (Rhetorical A: Probably not.)

Better question: What coaches could have called Jerry? The short list probably involves Mike Holmgren, Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden, Tony Dungy and Brian Billick (AKA "The Usual Suspects"). We can scratch at least one of those guys off the list, as Dungy told Dan Patrick on Friday that he wasn't interested.

"I kind of expect to be contacted by ever"body who has an opening now, just to see if you’re interested," Dungy told Patrick, via Pro Football Talk. “And I guess I probably would do the same thing if I was in that situation. I’m not interested. But you never know what’s gonna happen or who’s gonna call."

Sure, those two statements ("I'm not interested" and "you never know what's gonna happen") are totally contradictory, but whatever, it seems safe to say that Dungy and Jerry might not be the greatest fit on the planet.

Dungy did say that Jerry should hire someone who's "like" him, although he didn't provide any specific names to Patrick before pointing out that Jones would probably need someone "high profile" like Cowher, Gruden or Holmgren.

And that's probably the truth, although "high profile" when you're talking about an NFL head coach doesn't have to mean "flashy" or anything of that nature.

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Posted on: September 26, 2010 10:19 am
 

Hot Routes 09.24.10: where's our dinner, Ocho?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Chad Ochocinco, as has become his wont, hosted 85 Charlotte diners/strangers at a steakhouse Saturday in Charlotte. One estimate said the bill might have been about $5,500.

- Today will be another big day for Jets CB Antonio Cromartie. With Darrelle Revis out of action, somebody has to be accountable for Dolphins playmaking WR Brandon Marshall. For better or worse, that person will be Cromartie.

- Indianapolis WR Pierre Garcon did not travel with his teammates to Denver today. Along with Anthony Gonzalez, also out for today’s game, the Indianapolis WR corps has taken a big hit.

- Patriots DB Bret Lockett was arrested early Saturday morning outside of a club in Providence and charged with failure to move and disorderly conduct. Good news for New England: Lockett is on IR anyway and isn’t eligible to play this season.

- A nice story here on the hell Dolphins TE Kellen Winslow puts himself through so he can play. One reason he does so: he’s scared of failure.

- A New York Jets fan named Lynda Fowles has a message for Braylon Edwards: smarten up, and next time, call a taxi. The reason Fowles is relevant to this discussion: she’s been paralyzed from the chest down since 1977 after she was in a car accident caused by a drunk driver.

- Starting today in Carolina will be nothing new for QB Jimmy Clausen. He was in a similar situation at Notre Dame – a young QB and a bad team.

- Looks like Tony Dungy finally got around to visiting the Jets. The organization confirmed Dungy met with coach Rex Ryan, but declined to release any other details. Apparently, Dungy will talk about it on TV today. Hopefully, you can contain yourself until then.

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 2:42 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 2:48 pm
 

Givin' Em the Business: Preseason Edition

Posted by Will Brinson

Givin Em the Business recognizes all the people that annoyed us from the week that was in football. Feel free to provide nominations either in the comments or by yelling at us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .


Rank Who Why

1

Albert Haynesworth
If Haynesworth's offseason performance were judged on the same merits that we judge actual play on the actual football field, he would absolutely justify his $100 million salary. Instead, he's simply the most obnoxious figure in the NFL since we last left real football. Think about: he gets paid 9 (NINE!) figures and yet he still whined about the fact that he had to change positions in a new defense, he still couldn't pass a physical that every other TV reporter in the D.C. area could and he even tried to pretend like he was sick of the 'B.S.' and just wanted to play football. To top it all off: he's still  on the trading block. 

2

Brett Favre
Were we to do a retroactive "Givin' 'Em the Business" column for the past five or so offseasons, Favre would probably rank No. 1 every time. He managed to lock the entire world in for a full day of rehashing "Favre's Greatest Hits" even when he didn't retire, he made us watch helicopter cams follow an SUV down the highway O.J. Simpson style, and he forced several of his teammates to travel from Minnesota to Mississippi just to get a commitment from him. In fact, it's a testament to just how horrible Haynesworth has been that Favre, even though he forced us to suffer yet another wishy-washy media nightmare this season, somehow didn't win this "award."

3

Darrelle Revis
Somehow, someway, Revis managed to eclipse all the crap that the Jets have produced during the offseason (and it's a lot) en route to holding out up until the very last minute for a deal that wasn't really what he wanted. Look, I get that as a young superstar someone would want to get paid now and not worry about injury derailing a serious boatload of cash from being delivered to his house, but you signed a contract when you became a working professional/adult. Deal with it like you were one.

4

T.Ocho
Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco have complained recently that they don't get fair treatment from the media, because they're vilified even though they've done nothing wrong. That's actually a very salient point, but that doesn't excuse the two of them having three reality television shows between them. The Versus one, which will debut in October, actually might end up being awesome, but at that point in time, we'll have seen enough insanity flowing out Cincinnati that it's all but certain the whole "zany wideout" thing will be played out. And if the Bengals are actually winning, it'll only get worse. On the bright side, we're less than a week away from one of them getting fined for a hysterical touchdown celebration. 

5

Looming Lockout
Really, this should be first overall: remember that we're discussing a large group of really rich men fighting with a smaller group of even richer men about who will be getting more richer in the future. All of this comes directly from the pocket of the fan, and if the lockout happens (as it certainly appears it will), the only people that will be really  harmed are fans. And that's fairly criminal. The only good news is that it seems pretty likely (at least I think so) that this could end like Revis' deal where we see a last-minute cave. Unfortunately, that will probably mean no preseason.

6

Tony Dungy
Yup, that's right. I'm gonna be the guy ripping Tony Dungy, who just happens to seem like one of the nicest human beings on the planet. My beef? Him sticking his nose where it doesn't necessarily belong. Look, it's swell that he's an "ambassador" for the league and everything, but that doesn't mean that every single one of his beliefs are correct. For instance, if Rex Ryan wants to tell his players to get a &#%$%$ snack on their $%$^ing time away from the field, in my opinion he can sure as $%^@ do so.

7

Tim Tebow
My reaction to Tebow is quite similar to my reaction to the preseason: "I don't hate it, but, MAN, does it get old quickly." Tebow was all we talked about this offseason in terms of rookies, even though he pretty clearly won't be the "guy" in Denver for some time. I'm actually optimistic that he'll eventually be good, but that doesn't mean I want to sit in the stands in Jacksonville on Sunday amid a ton of people wearing Gator jerseys while they (as Andy pointed out) wonder when Tebow will get in the dang game!   

8

Matt Leinart
Honestly, Leinart's situation is more humorous than anything else. Imagine being really bad at your job (and overpaid, to boot) and then imagine walking into your boss' office and demanding that you -- yes, you of the awful performance thus far in multiple years on the job -- get a promotion. Your boss would laugh in your face and probably fire you. Oh, wait. That's what the Cardinals did with Leinart. 

9

The Jets
Yeah, yeah, yeah. The Jets are kind of on here twice. I wasn't going to include them as a team (mainly because "Hard Knocks" has been so freaking awesome) until Antonio Cromartie decided the Jets were the "Miami Heat of football." And Mark Sanchez (who's like totally my podcast BFF) decided to add that they're building a "dream team." Come on, people. Look, their coach is brash, angry, loud and hysterical. And he inspires confidence. That's swell. But this team shouldn't have even made the playoffs last year! DO NOT CROWN THEM. THEY WILL BE WHO WE DID NOT REALIZE THAT THEY WOULD BE. Or something.

10

Vincent Jackson
And by extension, "holdouts in general," although that kind of got covered in Revis' section. Basically, this is annoying because I'm a Philip Rivers fan and there's nothing more annoying than seeing him possibly lose a huge window to make a run at a title because the CBA got blown up, Jackson lost some time in free agency, the Chargers decided to play hardball, and then even maybe/possibly refuse to trade him. It's impossible to find one side where you can say "alright, this is absolutely so-and-so's fault" because both sides have a reasonable case to be made, but seeing every single contract and holdout and discussion of anything football-related circle back to the fact that it might be gone in a year makes me want to pull a Spewell on someone. On the bright side, it's here now!
 
 
 
 
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