By Len Pasquarelli
The Sports Xchange
Following the shocking dismissal this week of vice chairman Bill Polian and general manager Chris Polian by Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay, there are plenty of questions about who will run the Colts' football operation moving forward.
The one person to whom it is believed Irsay has not reached out to yet is the man he considers his "dream candidate," in the words of one trusted Indianapolis staffer: former coach Tony Dungy.
Let's be straight about this: Irsay does not consider Dungy a viable candidate, and when Dungy says he will not coach again, the Indianapolis owner believes that means he will also not consider front office jobs, either But Irsay, the source said, has "bounced (Dungy's) name off the walls" of the club's facility, and "thought (a)loud" about the possibilities."
Is anything going to come of the unofficial infatuation? Almost certainly not. Is it worthwhile to even mention Dungy? Well, it does offer some insight into the wide-ranging, and occasionally out-of-the-box thinking of Irsay right now.
Dungy, still beloved in Indianapolis, would provide some instant credibility and respect to a team that crumbled without Peyton Manning in 2011, and which faces some difficult decisions about the quarterback position and the futures of several long-time veterans at other spots as well. He would probably also retain coach Jim Caldwell, whose continued tenure is tied to the man whom Irsay selects to replace the Polian tandem.
Just as Dungy can be all but written off, one can also dismiss the notion that Irsay, who served as the team's general manager for 13 seasons (1984-96), will pull a Jerry Jones, and assume the GM spot himself. That's as unlikely to occur as Dungy coming back to run the show.
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