Tag:Tony Dungy
Posted on: September 8, 2010 10:11 am
Edited on: September 8, 2010 10:59 am
 

Goodell 'not proud of' Ryan's HBO language

Posted by Will Brinson

Rex Ryan has caught hell from everyone -- it feels like, anyway -- for his language on "Hard Knocks." His mother, Tony Dungy ... only his players (including Mark Sanchez who we recently interviewed, in case you missed it) seem to understand.

Dungy even wanted to get NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to weigh in on the issue. Well, via USA Today's The Huddle, he did just that on Mike & Mike this morning.

"Obviously at times you're going to get language that's not appropriate for all ages," Goodell said. "And it's something that I guess we're not proud of. But it is a reality of what happens in those camps. And that's why that show is so popular."

In other words: thanks, Tony Dungy, for making me discuss this. Since, you know, clearly Rex Ryan's language is way more important of a topic than the lockout or rookie wages or anything else important to the NFL.

That's not to dog Dungy all that much, but Goodell's point is dead-on -- swearing is a reality of the NFL. It's going to happen, even if cameras are hanging around, filming players and coaches.

And, frankly, I'm pretty certain Dungy's in the minority -- I'd be willing to be that the vast number of people who watch "Hard Knocks" prefer the reality of the training camp situations being shown, even if it involves lots of four-letter words. He also has the freedom to wait until the next morning and watch the edited AM version of the show, if his ears burn too much from Ryan's f-bomb prowess.

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 10:12 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2010 11:36 pm
 

Tony Dungy discusses his talk with Rex Ryan

Posted by Will Brinson

As everyone knows, Tony Dungy did not like Rex Ryan's pottymouthing-off on HBO's "Hard Knocks" (again, I'd point out that he should really just watch the censored version and then we could avoid this whole business).

When Ryan found out Dungy wasn't happy -- or that Dungy wouldn't hire him -- he said he'd call Dungy and talk with him. Dungy confirmed and discussed that call during and interview with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth. (And yes: I'm sorry that everything in the world revolves around the Jets and the Vikings too. Nothing I can do to change that though.)

"We talked on the telephone and it was a good conversation," Dungy said. "I told him it wasn't anything personal on him -- they asked me my feelings on profanity and I'm not a big fan of it whether it comes from Rex Ryan or somebody else."

Michaels wanted to make sure that Dungy and Ryan were all good, and it turns out they most certainly are.

"Oh man, we were always okay," Dungy said, eliciting a snicker from Michaels and Collinsworth. "I'm just not okay with the profanity, especially as a leader -- leading a football team or anything, I just don't think it's necessary."

Collinsworth then got on board with Dungy, pointing out that the league kind of "put it on."

"It really was," Dungy replied. "We talked a lot about our image and our players and personal conduct and then to have something like that -- and I had a lot of Jets fans who love Rex Ryan said it was hard to watch, especially with their kids."

Collinsworth's follow-up involved him pointing out that he, many a time, had said something "insane" on the field that he's glad people never heard.

"Oh, we all have said things out there that we wish we could take back," Dungy replied. "That's one of the reasons I never allowed myself to be miked up."

When pressed about whether he "slipped up" out there, Dungy caved and admitted he said something dirty (I'm thinking "dagnabbut"?) once while coaching.

"I did a couple of times, and it's not something you're proud of."

See? You can throw stones in glass houses, kids.
Posted on: August 19, 2010 5:33 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2010 5:34 pm
 

Dungy and Ryan bury the (bleeping) hatchet

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After a few days of bickering with each other through the media, Tony Dungy and Jets coach Rex Ryan have settled their differences with a phone call.

Dungy had criticized Ryan’s cursing nature – he did drop 10 F-bombs on the first episode of Hard Knocks - saying it was uncalled for and that he would never hire a coach that acted in such a manner. That drew the ire of Rex’s father, coaching legend Buddy Ryan, and Rex Ryan responded by saying that just because he cusses doesn’t mean he’s a bad person and just because somebody else doesn’t cuss, that doesn’t mean he’s a good person.

Today, they had a phone conversation (I assume there was little to no cursing involved). In fact, Dungy, former Indianapolis and Tampa Bay coach, accepted Ryan’s offer to attend an upcoming New York practice.

"He told me his position," Ryan told reporters, including the New York Daily News . "I definitely told him mine."

(Bleeping) good for Rex.

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 7:51 pm
 

Gotta love the Ryan-Dungy spat

Posted by Andy Benoit

Rex Ryan had a response for Tony Dungy’s criticism of his F-bombs on Hard Knocks: "I think he unfairly judged me," Ryan said Wednesday after practice. "And that was disappointing to me."

For those of you who don’t know, the clean-mouthed Dungy said in a radio interview with Dan Patrick that the league should have a word with the potty-mouthed Ryan.

"I don't know that (Goodell) will or not, but I would hope that he does because I just don't think the league needs that," Dungy said. "I don't think our young people need to hear that that's the way it needs to be done  to be successful. Because it doesn't need to be that way."

Wednesday, Ryan got to engage in one of America’s favorite pastimes: telling a respected man of morals, “Don’t judge me”. (Too bad he didn’t say “Don’t f****** judge me.”)

"I'm always gonna be myself and I'm a good person,” Ryan said. “Just because you cuss doesn't make you a bad person, and just because you don't doesn't make you a good person.”

Ryan left Dungy a voicemail and invited him to come to Jets training camp. Many Jet players have come to the defense of their head coach.

Also coming to Ryan’s defense was his father, Buddy. (Ryan’s mother, you may have heard, seems to be taking Dungy’s side.) Buddy referred to Dungy as “What’s His Name” and said on Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic, "The commissioner can do anything he wants to and I think he'll take the appropriate action. I think it's being blown way out of perspective."

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 4:00 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 4:29 pm
 

Dungy on Rex Ryan: Disappoined with profanity

Tony Dungy, the former Indianapolis Colts' coach, is well known for being fairly, um, conservative. (That's not any sort of indictment, just an attempt at using the proper adjectives.)

It stands to reason then, that he wouldn't be a huge fan of Rex Ryan's F-bomb-laden tirades during HBO's "Hard Knocks." Guess what: he's not! Dungy appeared on The Dan Patrick Show and, via Michael David Smith at Pro Football Talk , had the following to say about Rex's profanity.

"I'm disappointed with all the profanity," Dungy said. "I think Rex can make his points without all that."

Dungy has a point -- Rex doesn't require ALL the profanity to get the point across, but that's his personality. If he swears like a sailor and that works for him and no one is too offended and his bosses don't mind, that's his prerogative. However, Dungy also said he wouldn't be interested in hiring Rex.

"I would not. I personally don't want my players to be around that. I don't want to be around that. . . . It's hard for me to be around that, and if I were in charge, no, I wouldn't hire someone like that. Now, I've been around 'F' bombs, so it's not like it's new. I just don't think that has to be part of your every-minute, everyday vocabulary to get your point across."

Again, that's someone's individual prerogative -- if Dungy doesn't want to hire someone because he finds their vocabulary to be too crude, that's his own thing. (In Ryan's case, it probably warrants mentioning that he would lose out on a pretty talented defensive coach.) Of course, Dungy may have taken things a little too far when he suggested that Roger Goodell should intervene with Ryan's mouth on HBO.

"I would hope that he does," Dungy said. "I don't know that he will or not but I hope that he does because I just don't think the league needs that. I don't think our young people need to hear that that's what's done to be successful. Because it doesn't have to be that way."

Perhaps Goodell COULD say something to Ryan, but intervening in a public manner would seem a little odd in this situation, even if Rex's mouth doesn't portray a positive image for the NFL as a whole.

A certain question of censorship on the field might arise then, no? If Ryan can't swear while being filmed on an HBO television show that depicts the realities of how he acts within the confines of camp, should the NFL start censoring all of the NFL Films material produced?

Should Goodell start fining people if swear words are accidentally picked up by microphones on the sidelines of football games? And should he begin to demand that people with often controversial political beliefs (like Dungy himself) make sure to keep those 100 percent hidden from the limelight?

It's a fine line to walk, for certain, and not a public battle that Goodell would likely want to fight.

Additionally, Dungy could have simply tuned into/recorded the daytime version of "Hard Knocks" -- an HBO spokesman told CBSSports.com that a swear-word-free version of the program (which we accidentally DVR'd and watched, to our own dismay) is produced to run during the daytime. Then he wouldn't have had to worry about being offended by Ryan's language.


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Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:20 am
 

Dungy speaks about Vick

Tony Dungy, whom the NFL appointed as Michael Vick’s mentor upon Vick’s reinstatement, appeared on The Dan Patrick Show and talked about the quarterback’s current situation. M.Vick, T.Dungy (US Presswire)

Dungy said Vick “made mistakes” and that the outcome of the 30th birthday bash “could have been disastrous and may still be”.
Roger Goodell envisioned Vick never again doing anything to reflect poorly on himself, his team or the NFL. Dungy admitted that, in this case, Vick “probably didn’t live up to that.”

Yesterday, Virginia Commonwealth attorney Harvey Bryant said Vick was involved in a confrontation prior to the shooting. But according to Philly.com, an Eagles source says this is a “mischaracterization”.

It’s been lot of commotion for a backup quarterback. Stay tuned.

--Andy Benoit

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