Dungy Lands in Indianapolis

January 22 – It didn't take former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy long to find new employment. Dungy accepted the Indianapolis Colts' five-year deal to become their new head coach on Tuesday. The Colts are expected to make a formal announcement on Tuesday evening.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy was hired by the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday.

Dungy, 46, accepted a five-year deal with the Colts and will fill the head-coaching vacancy left by Jim Mora, who was fired two weeks ago.

Both the Colts and the Carolina Panthers were in hot pursuit of Dungy after Tampa Bay fired him last week. While Dungy was tempted by both job offers, Indianapolis was ultimately the better fit.

Dungy's most difficult task will be transforming one of the worst defenses in the league into one of the best. As for Dungy's offensive philosophy, going to battle with the likes of QB Peyton Manning, RB Edgerin James, WR Marvin Harrison and TE Ken Dilger should loosen up the reins on his conservative offensive approach.

Although they fired Mora, Indianapolis kept their offensive staff intact, which means Dungy's next step will likely be filling his defensive staff. That search could start in Tampa Bay, where defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli are currently still employed. Both Kiffin and Marinelli are under contract for another year. While Kiffin would not be able to leave Tampa to become Indianapolis' defensive coordinator, he would be able to join the Colts if Dungy offered him an assistant coach/defensive coordinator position.

If Kiffin does not leave Tampa, Dungy could pursue Marinelli as his defensive coordinator in Indianapolis.


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