Many seem to think 2008 is Dungy's swan song in the NFL. The Colts have already named is replacement, and like Mike Holmgren in Seattle (who has stated 2008 is his last year, and assistant Jim Mora Jr. will replace him in '09) Dungy might bow out at the end of next season, regardless of the outcome for the Colts.
However, one person begs to differ, and unlike many of us, this one person actually knows Coach Dungy's mind. That person is Peyton Manning:
"He felt like this is a good, young group of guys, a team that could do something. He's always had a real accurate sense on that. I'm not saying he can predict the future, but it gets me excited that he's excited about what's ahead for us."
Such words carry heavy weight. Manning can seemingly read Dungy as well as opposing defenses.
Manning said teams "have to be careful" not to damage the present in preparing for the future.
"I'm very close to Jim (Caldwell), but I just think for a new player coming in, you can't have two head coaches," Manning said. "Tony is our leader."
"We had a disappointing ending without a doubt, but I think it's something we can build on. We've learned a lot about the character of some of our guys ... We can take a lot of positives and be an improved team next year."