School of Dungy

This year's Indianapolis Colts joined the 1997 Denver Broncos as the only two teams that defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs en route to claiming the Lombardi trophy. Some may say it's saving a little grace by losing to the eventual Super Bowl champions. In actuality, the saving grace might be that it was a close friend of Herm Edwards, in Tony Dungy, that won a Super Bowl.

If the lesson Dungy was teaching wasn't apparent enough when the two met in the wild card round, this time Edwards had the opportunity to watch from a fan's point of view. Dungy's gameplan against the Bears and the subsequent execution of it by his players was nothing short of a masterpiece.

It was almost as if Devin Hester's opening kickoff return was preordained in order to inspire the Colts to play so well. As the torrents of rain engulfed Pro Player Stadium and the Colts spotted the Bears a touchdown, Dungy was the coolest of customers, determined not to go into panic mode. The Colts simply took everything the Bears would allow and with maximum efficiency.

With all-world receivers like Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne on the roster who would have thought it would be Joseph Addai and Dallas Clark leading everyone in catches and receiving yards, respectively, in the postseason? Furthermore, Peyton Manning won a Super Bowl with the worst postseason TD/INT ratio in the history of the league.

The Colts simply adjusted their style of play to counter the Bears' defensive attack. The key word here is adjustment. The only thing being adjusted in the Chiefs' playoff loss was the Colts' score.

Edwards and Dungy have surely spoken since Sunday. I'm hoping at some point in the conversation Dungy told Edwards one day he'll get his. It's important to remember that just as Peyton Manning has long been one the best quarterbacks in the league, Tony Dungy has similarly been a coaching mastermind. The two can finally brush aside the "can't win a big one" syndrome.

I'm a firm believer that Edwards is more than capable of leading a team to Super Bowl immortality. He's just not of the right mindset at this point. Eventually, when you discover that certain things don't work, it is the wisest man that has the courage to change his approach.

Edwards is a good coach but he needs to be a great coach in order for the Chiefs to one day bask in the same glory as the Colts. Being tight with Dungy certainly won't poison that cause.

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