Does Dungy Look at Carolina?

With Steve Spurrier, and apparently Bill Parcells out of the mix, the Panthers can now turn their attention to former Tampa Bay coach Tony Dungy. If they are going to fulfill owner Jerry Richardson's dream of bringing in someone who will re-energize this franchise, Dungy could be the last chance outside of a surprising Steve Mariucci or John Gruden firings.

The problem for the Panthers appears to be that Dungy could be more interested in Indianapolis. If you read between the lines of what his agent said at Dungy's Tampa Bay farewell address, he showed interest in talking with Indianapolis "soon".

There are many who believe that the Colts would be an easy choice for a man who built a strong defense but struggled with a weak offense in Florida. Peyton Manning is already in place as is Edgerrin James. Not to mention a pretty stout receiving corps.

There is also a belief that Dungy would rather avoid the twice-a-year meetings/circuses that would surround a Panthers tenure, now that Carolina and Tampa Bay are NFC South rivals.

Giants defensive coordinator was very impressive in his Charlotte visit, and could now top Carolina's list. But, with Spurrier and Parcells out of the mix, and with Dungy looking seriously at the Colts, it appears the Panthers will be willing to bide their time. That will give them the opportunity to wait for some of the coaches who are still involved in the playoffs. Baltimore defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis jumps right off the page for starters. Also keep an eye on New England offensive coordinator Charlie Weis as a possible upset candidate. He could be the only guy with an offensive background on the list.

They have talked with the Jets, and have gotten permission to speak with their defensive coordinator, Ted Cottrell. He's expected to be in in the next few days.

The name of LSU head coach NIck Saban keeps coming up, but he appears to be content to stay in Baton Rouge. The feeling is that he's looking for something in the $3 million a year range, and while Jerry Richardson was more than willing to top that to get Spurrier, it's unlikely he's willing to go that high for anyone else.

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