There has been plenty of speculation in the last few days about the coaching future of Tony Dungy and if he will return to the Colts next season. There was such talk after the team won the Super Bowl last season, and there was some thought then he would walk away. The talk now seems to be heating up, and now there is a report about a meeting between Dungy and team ownership about the situation.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN is reporting that Dungy met with team owner Jim Irsay on Friday to talk about the situation. Irsay told Dungy that he wants him back in 2008, but Mort is stating that part of the increased speculation about Dungy leaving is that Dungy’s children have moved to Tampa to go to school. Irsay wants Dungy as the coach as the team will move into brand new Lucas Oil Stadium next season.
There continues to be the thought that Dungy wants to be around his family more as they are still dealing with the death of Dungy’s son just two years ago. Win or lose, I think that this will be the swan song of Dungy. He has won a Super Bowl, has great respect around the league as a coach and person, and can surely do other things that will continue to make his mark around the league without having to be on the sidelines.