After one of his recent comments concerning the plight and future of the team that he made and in turn made him, I have come to a conclusion: I will always respect Tony Dungy the coach as a good man, a solid coach, and an example to all on how to behave on and off the field. The analysts that goes by the same name and looks exactly the same (yes, I know they are one and the same)--I wouldn't spit on him if he was on fire.
"I would see him [Peyton]competing and playing as long as he wanted," Dungy said. "If it gets to the point to where, hey, he comes back and it looks like he's gonna play three or four more years, and you say -- we've got Andrew Luck, we've got an asset -- we trade (Peyton)."
When I read this I thought one thing and one thing only--sold out.
How is he selling the Colts out Mr. Blogger Man? Wouldn't the trade get them something in return, i.e. players and/or draft picks that will help rebuild the team?
Without Peyton, no one would know who Tony Dungy was. He was a good coach when he got his shot in Tampa Bay, but if he was a great one they wouldn't have fired him. Having a guy like Peyton Manning leading his offense he really didn't have to worry much about one very important segment of the ball game.
If memory serves, the man came into Indianapolis as a defense-oriented coach. Funny--the defense was never very good when he was there. They were okay at best in some years, but overall they weren't that good. However, since they had a guy like Peyton Manning leading the charge on offense all they had to do was slow opponents down.
That still doesn't explain the whole sell-out part Mr. Blogger Man...
The Colts were his team and Peyton was his man. Fans around the world still identify Dungy as part of the Indianapolis Colts family; not part of the NBC sports family. To say that the team should ditch him in his twilight years, something he undoubtedly knows Peyton would not go for, is just downright disrespectful to the spirit of the game. It shows a complete lack of loyalty.
I don't think that the team would be able to get much for him anyway so it would be a waste to trade him. Teams will look at him and be tempted because they know how great he has been. They also know that it will be pretty difficult for someone who has had three neck surgeries in barely more than a year and a half to come back and play at a level similar to what he once did.
Then there is the concern over whether he will be able to absorb a solid hit from a blitzing linebacker.
At best, you're talking a late round draft pick or two. The health concerns that will follow him till his end of days in the NFL will trump his past greatness. It does no good to have him if he's going to be on the bench.
The team would be better off having whomever they draft shadow him for the next two seasons, learn how to play the game in the NFL, and take over after he has matured some more as a player. The concept worked wonders for the Green Bay Packers (with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers). Why not try it here?
If we listen to Tony Dungy's advice we can't.