According to The Indianapolis Star, Colts' head coach Tony Dungy has spent today at Colts' Central, saying his farewells before a scheduled 5 p.m. press conference to announce his resignation as head coach of the team.
The range of reactions seen here among CBS community is from high praise to some downright nasty criticism. Just check into any of the threads dissecting Dungy's decision, and you'll see what I mean. Many are respectful, giving credit where credit is due. Some wonder why the Colts, during Dungy's tenure, with the perceived level of talent on the team, couldn't win more than one Super Bowl. Others are sad to see Dungy go, particularly Patriots' fans, who see Dungy as a weak coach against one of the Colts' perennial nemeses in the Patriots. Some have been critical regarding details of Dungy's personal life.
Member posts aside, here are the undeniable facts: a Super Bowl victory, seven playoff appearances, five division titles and two AFC championship games in seven seasons. Not too shabby.
Here are some more undeniable facts.
From The Indianapolis Star: Tony Dungy Era -- Season-by-Season Stats
From The Indianapolis Star: Tony Dungy's career record among all-time coaches
These numbers back up Dungy's status as one of the best coaches to come along in a while. Dungy's not perfect. Neither is any other human being. As human beings go, he's better than many. As coaches go, he is among a select few who have made some great achievements, including a Super Bowl victory.
I don't know what his plans are, but I have a tendency to think Dungy likely will choose to stay out of the public spotlight for a while. Will he return to coaching at some point? Perhaps. But, having done what he has done at the NFL level, maybe we will see him as head coach of an NCAA team somewhere down the road.
Good luck, Tony. Here's one fan who will miss your intelligence, your demeanor, and your humanity. Oh, and I almost forgot, your ability to coach the hell out of a football team.