Tony Dungy, Scott Pioli say Richie Incognito was off draft boards
Both Tony Dungy and Scott Pioli said that suspended Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito was off their draft boards.
Hindsight is totally my favorite way to see things. Everything is much more clear. Like if you're a former NFL executive or NFL coach, now would be a good time to point out that you wouldn't have drafted Richie Incognito.
Over the past 24 hours, former Colts/Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy and former Patriots/Chiefs executive Scott Pioli did just that. (Incognito, by the way, was suspended indefinitely on Sunday by the Dolphins over a bullying/hazing/locker room incident with fellow lineman Jonathan Martin.)
"I didn't want him coming out [of college], and I don't want him now," Pioli said on NBC Sunday night.
Pioli beat on Incognito pretty hard, noting that if Incognito's a leader in your locker room then your locker room has a leadership problem. That's certainly a fair stance.
When Incognito was drafted in 2005, Pioli was with the Patriots. They've been known to take a gamble or two on players lacking in perfect personal history. That he would have such a strong opinion of Incognito tells you something.
The Colts felt the same way apparently. Dungy said on the Dan Patrick Show that Incognito was placed on Indy's "DNDC" list. What does that stand for?
"Do not draft because of character."
Dungy added that hazing isn't something that has to happen but rather something that's allowed to happen.
"It doesn't happen everywhere," Dungy said. "It happens where you allow it to happen."
Former Colts GM Bill Polian echoed similar sentiments on SportsCenter Monday. Polian said Indianapolis had "a very strong anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy" when he and Dungy ran the team and that the policy was "enforced" by leaders in the locker room.
This is something the Dolphins clearly don't have. It's always easier to criticize in hindsight, but it's quite clear something went seriously amiss while Miami was building their locker-room culture.
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