Dungy expects to decide future in about a week

January, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

SAN DIEGO -- Tony Dungy's internal status review is underway.

He will search to see if he still feels the pull to coach or figure out that he's had enough. The Colts' season ended with a wild card loss at Qualcomm Stadium. Now he'll find out if something bigger has ended too.

"I'll try to get over the disappointment of this loss, talk things over with my wife and see where we go from here," Dungy said.

The Colts have succession plans in place as associate head coach Jim Caldwell is set to take over if Dungy steps down.

"We know who the next head coach is if that occurs, we're prepared for that," team president Bill Polian said. "That would be sad but if that's Tony's decision we'll respect it and we're ready to move on."

Players said they would hate to see Dungy go, but that would understand if he decided to leave.

"We want to be the champ and help coach Dungy go out on top," safety Antoine Bethea said. "We've got to respect whatever decision that he makes, but hopefully he comes back for another."

As he wrapped up his past game comments, Dungy showed that in the blur of the end of this season, he still can't help but thinks of himself as part of the future.

"I was proud of the guys, how hard they played and we'll just have to come back next year and work to get to this point and then play a little bit better," he said.

If he decides to leave, he'll have to modify that "we" to a "they."

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ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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