Much like the feelings that Steelers head coach Bill Cowher had after he finally overcame the demons of not being able to win the big one last year, you have to wonder if Tony Dungy is sitting back today and thinking about walking away after he was able to lead his team to a World Championship Sunday night in Miami. Dungy was his usual quiet and reserved self following the win, keeping things in perspective saying that winning the Super Bowl is not the most important thing in the world. The comments he made even later in the evening will spark debate on his return for 2007.
“I’ll say this: We have a party tonight, we (have) a parade at Indianapolis (on Monday), we’re going to probably go to the White House,” he said. “Those are the things I’m thinking about right now. And we’ll ? everything else will work itself out. I’ll talk with (Colts owner) Jim (Irsay) and my wife and we’ll see where we are. But right now we got some celebrating to do.” Can anyone blame Dungy for walking away after winning the Super Bowl Sunday? Despite the fact that the Colts should still be one of the top teams in football in 2007, there in someways still has to be a letdown, which is why it is so hard to be a repeat champion. Many teams that win the bowl have even missed the playoffs, or been bounced in the first round.
For Dungy, he is a man of deep faith, and that faith was the one thing that got him past his son’s death a year ago as the Colts were making what many thought was a run to the Super Bowl before being upset by the Steelers in the divisional round. I don’t think that after going through what has to be a billion emotions over the last 15 months following his son’s death anyone could blame Dungy if he walked away. “The Lord doesn’t always take you in a straight line,” Dungy said. “He doesn’t always take a direct path. I think he tests you sometimes to see if you’re going to keep the faith and hang in there and I think we did. We did as an organization and it’s just such a great feeling to get, to win this game. It’s not the biggest thing in the world, but ? it feels great.”
It would also be a great way to go out as coach if Dungy felt that was the direction the Lord was leading him.