Dismissing Dungy-to-Bucs rumors
October, 13, 2009
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas
Apparently, there’s a rumor floating around that Tony Dungy is coming back to the Buccaneers in a front-office or consulting role.
Don’t buy it.
First off, Dungy says there’s nothing to it. If you have to take any man at his word, it’s Dungy. The guy left football for a reason -- to pursue other interests -- and I don’t see him changing his mind anytime soon. Or ever. A lot of coaches get out and come back. But Dungy isn’t like a lot of coaches. He spent a lot of time making this decision and the man is actually very stubborn once he makes up his mind.
In fact, that’s another reason why I don’t see him coming to the Bucs. The Glazer family fired him once. Dungy is a very gentle man in a lot of ways, but he’s also very principled. He once quit his high school team because he felt his friend was wrongly left out as a team captain. This guy remembers he was fired by the Bucs.
He also doesn’t owe that franchise anything. He brought it out of the ashes once and it might be an even bigger job this time around. Does Dungy have anything left to accomplish in football?
Nope. The resume already is good enough for the Hall of Fame.
On the flip side, I think any potential interest in Dungy by the Bucs might be wishful thinking on the part of their fans. As bad as things look right now and as much as Raheem Morris seems to be struggling, you don’t pull the plug on a new coach five games into a season.
The Bucs made the decision to rebuild in the offseason. I’m not sure if it was Morris’ idea or if the Glazers came up with it. Either way, the Glazers had to sign off on the idea and they’ve got to give it some time.
I’m not saying it’s impossible that they’ll make a move at some point. But I think they give Morris and general manager Mark Dominik a full season. If they go 0-16 or 1-15 and there are no signs of progress, then change is possible. But it’s not happening yet.