The following is in response to comments made by Coach Dungy about trading Peyton Manning if the Colts got Luck: http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Tony-Dungy-Colts-should-consider-trading-Peyton;_ylt=AjfpAnE9zzEcIh65Unkf4uFDubYF?urn=nfl-wp10158
Coach Dungy, if it weren't for Manning you would just be another coach who couldn't win the big one. All those records that were set under your tenure in Indianapolis wouldn't exist - records that fans and pundits alike are the reason you're considered an all time great coach, and possible H.O.F. candidate.
Truth be told, if it weren't for Peyton Manning, Howard Mudd, Tom Moore, Bill Polian, and "Booger" McFarland no one would care about what you think the Colts should do.
Another thing, as someone who has spent a good portion of his life either as a player or a coach in the NFL I expect more from you as a commentator. I expect well reasoned, thoughtful insights, especially from someone who was on the inside of the Colts' organization.
Here's why I find your comments bewildering: Number one, the first pick in the draft is just as likely to be a bust as to be, well, Peyton Manning. Second, the best thing for a young quarterback to do is to sit on the bench for a few years, and watch a guys like Joe Montana, Brett Farve, Tom Brady, or Peyton Manning play. Third, if it's anyone who should be demanding a trade from Indy it's Peyton Manning. With the way the front office, and coaching staff have run this team into the ground since 2006 it's unlikely Manning will win another Super Bowl, let alone two, before he retires.
How about you comment on how your protege, Jim Caldwell, who cost Indy a Super Bowl win, a playoff game, several regular season games, and in general seems to be just short of a water boy for the Polians. Here's another idea, how about you rip into the front office that has put the team in the position where someone who proposes the idea of trading Manning doesn't become an instant laughing stock among his peers and the public. Oh wait, you were part of that staff for two of the five years after the Super Bowl win in '07. Okay, scratch that idea.
Coach, in all seriousness I really do credit you for a lot of the success the Colts had in Indy while you were there. Especially, the coaching job you did in the playoffs in 2007; however, if this is indicative of how you think then it just shows that you were part of the reason why the Colts are in the mess they are in today, and therefore have no business commenting on how they should be ruining, I mean running the franchise today.