Posted on: January 14, 2009 4:46 pm

The Dungy Myth?

It is now old news, but Tony Dungy is leaving the NFL, Probably never to return.  At least, not as a coach.  He leaves behind an impressive 139 and 69 record (.668%) and that most coveted of prizes, The Vince Lombardi Trophy.  But behind the numbers is a myth of Dungy, the great and powerful OZ  coach.  A further examination of the numbers reveals some rather disturbing trends. 

We start back in Tampa.  Dungy, along with GM Rich McKay put together a solid team, turning the once embarrassing Bucs into formidable foes.  But behind the ferocious defense, was a team that seemed unable to  get over the hump.  The end result was a team with 6 season record of 54 and 42 (.556%).  Worse, only one division title, and a dismal 2 and 4 playoff record (.333%).  Dungy was subsequently handed his hat and the man who built the team watched the unbelievable.  A young coach named Jon Gruden, fresh from his escape from the depths of Oakland, lead his Bucs to a dominate Super Bowl Victory.  In his first season, behind an aged and forgotten about QB named Brad Johnson.

Meanwhile Dungy, humble and classy as he always was, quietly packed his bags and headed off to his new job,  Head Coach of the up and coming Indianapolis Colts.  We all know the story from here.  Dungy and Peyton Manning for the better part of a decade go on to dominate the AFC South, along the way becoming the 2006 NFL champions.  But again, there is more behind the numbers than first meats the eye.  Despite 5 straight AFC South division titles, is a team that struggled to win the big game.  While amassing an impressive 85 and 27 regular season record (.759%), the team was barely able to break 500 in the post season, finishing just 7 and 6 (.538%).  A huge disparity for a team that dominated it's opponents for 8 regular seasons.  5 times in 8 years the Colts lost their first playoff game, and only once, in 2006 when they won the Super Bowl, did they win more than two. 

The final verdict most will come to, much like another departing coaches this year named Shanahan, is that he was a class act, a great coach, and brought his fans the ultimate bragging platform.  The title of World Champions.  I know I am opening a can of worms with many who see Dungy as a heavenly saint, but I can't help but ask what if?  What if Peyton Manning and the Colts had Bill Belichick, or Bill Parcells.  How many titles could Indianapolis have amassed if Dungy was not the coach, and someone else was?  These are the kinds of questions that cannot be answered, but should be asked.  Should Dungy be classified with coaches like Parcells, Bellichick, Cohwer and Shanahan.  Or, perhaps, is he just another Marty Schottenheimer who carried the wings of Peyton Manning to a single title.

Category: NFL
Posted on: November 12, 2008 12:58 pm

Bailing out everything else, why not a franchise?

So we moved from mismanaged Banks, investment firms, now automakers.  Why not the Raiders, or the Tigers, or the Royals?

I mean, really, what would people rather see?  More retirement packages, vacations, quail hunting trips for execs who have sunk their companies or saving sport franchises in their cities?  These companies failed themselves, and should not be saved with tax payer money.  Let them sink and new companies, new competition, take their place.  Use the bailout money and buy some of these franchises that are dying due to mismanagement.  I mean after all, wouldn't buying the Royals be a public interest.  I don't think those poor fans can take another 100 loss season (sorry Royals fans).  Maybe even buy up lots of tickets to be distributed in local communities.  Put the scalpers and ticket agencies out of business.  Make a trip to the stadium affordable for the kids of America.

I think you can pick up my sarcasm here.  But we are just throwing good money away with these bailouts.  If we are going to piss it away anyway, why not save a franchise?  Save a fan?  Save a team?

P.S.  Some teams may be beyond saving, sorry Cubs Fans, LOL, Maybe next year.

Category: General
Posted on: September 15, 2008 8:53 am

Farve who?

So it was all about Farve.  Now the Jets have him.  How they were finally going to beat the Pats.  This was their year.  What we have seen thus far is hardly the case.  Instead, it has been more of the Farve that tossed up the lemon ball in the NFC championship game last year in overtime.  A future Hall of Famer no doubt, but at 38 (soon to be 39), coming into a new team, learning a new offense, and trying to knock off the most successful team of the past decade, his job might be more than he is capable of.  He barely squeaked out a win against the putrid Dolphins, and scored a meager 10 points against the Pats.  I originally thought the Jets could pull off 10-6, now I am thinking more like 8-8.  Buffalo is looking like the team for the Pats to look out for.
Category: NFL
Tags: Jets, NFL, Patriots
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