For a few years now, Colts head coach Tony Dungy has hinted at possibly retiring (maybe) at the end of each season, so it's easy to ignore his latest career considerations. Except that this time, it might be for real.
A source with knowledge of the Colts’ organization tells us that there’s a growing sense in the building that, this time around, coach Tony Dungy will retire.Mike Florio goes on to point out that Dungy recently confessed that, "...for each of the past five years, [he] has entered the offseason initially planning to call it quits." Another sign pointing to Dungy shoving off? The Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz has said it's time to go (seen in our Morning Update).
The source points the current atmosphere as 70 percent that Dungy will leave, 30 percent that he’ll stay.
It's time for coach Tony Dungy to follow his heart, return home to Tampa and his family and the next chapter in his life, and it's time for the Indianapolis Colts to hear a new voice.
Dungy knows that, and my sense is he has known that every time he has made an in-season trip to Tampa to see his family. Every time he stepped back on the plane to return to Indianapolis, he left a little piece of his heart behind.
Now it's time to go.
Kravitz says that the obvious replacement would be Jim Caldwell, the Colts' Associate Head Coach. But let's not forget that Bill Cowher and Mike Shanahan will be out there.