Tony Dungy Fired
There's been a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth about Tony Dungy's eminent, and now official firing as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
I've long been a fan of Dungy's. He seems to be a great guy, and his players seem to genuinely admire him. I was pleased to see him get the job with the Buccaneers, and am glad to see he's had success (so long as it hasn't conflicted with the two teams I root for -- the Eagles and Rams).
Still, it's apparent the Buccaneers have plateaued. Management had spent big money to bring in offensive free agents -- Randall McDaniel, Keyshawn Johnson, Brad Johnson, only to see the same results. It was apparent in the 3rd quarter of Saturday's game against the Eagles that the Bucs were not about to mount a comeback -- they had packed it in. It just seemed like the Eagles wanted it more. At some point you have to hold the head coach accountable, no matter how nice a guy he is.
That being said, I hope ungy gets another shot at head coaching shortly, and that he learns from his mistakes and has more success. The NFL's record of minority head coaches in concerning. A clear example is Art Shell, who had a successful run as Raiders head coach, only to never hold a job above offensive line coach after being fired at Al Davis's whimsy. He deserved better, as does Dungy.