View Full Version : Dungy's contract extended through 2009...........

09-11-2005, 11:26 PM

09-12-2005, 12:02 AM
I dunno about this.

09-12-2005, 12:12 AM
This is terrific. Glad to see he's sticking around. Today's defense has made me a believer (at least until next week)

pizza guy
09-12-2005, 12:47 AM
Absolutely wonderful. Dungy is as good as it gets IMO. I love the defense he and Polian are putting together, and of course, the offense is tremendous. Thank you Polian, Irsay, and Dungy. Now I don't have to change my screenname on the colts.com forum (dungyisgreat) for another 5 years!

09-13-2005, 10:17 AM

Dungy's big deal
Colts coach's extension is 3 years, $15 million

By Mike Chappell

Continuity is critical to Jim Irsay, and certainly not cheap.

Having locked up vital members of his organization over the past few years -- quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Marvin Harrison and team president Bill Polian -- the Indianapolis Colts owner made another hefty investment by signing coach Tony Dungy to a three-year extension valued at an estimated $15 million.

The extension kicks in after the 2006 season, at which time Dungy will become one of the highest-paid coaches in the NFL.

"It's something that was pretty easy to do," Irsay said Monday. "He knew how much I wanted him to be here for an extended period of time, and I didn't have any problem with making him paid with the top coaches in his profession, which he deserves."

Dungy, 49, is in the fourth year of a five-year, $13 million contract he signed in 2002 to succeed Jim Mora.

"I wanted to make sure that we didn't wait for the contract to run any further," Irsay said. "Getting an extension for him was really important for the franchise."

Dungy has directed the Colts to a 38-17 record and three consecutive playoff appearances since 2002, including a trip to the AFC Championship game after the '03 season. Toss in his six-year stint with Tampa Bay, and he's 94-63 with seven trips to the postseason, including in each of the past six seasons.

The bottom line that Dungy has been able to produce on the field, though, is only part of the reason Irsay decided it important to lock him up through the 2009 season.

"To have an outstanding coach, a proven winner, is something that's an invaluable asset to a franchise," Irsay said. "But all of our fans and the people of Indiana realize what a tremendous individual we have . . . the way he carries himself, his class and his interest in the community.

"He is the type of individual you want to represent your franchise."

Dungy did not actively seek the extension, and it's debatable if there will be another.

Barring a change of heart, he has no interest in being a "lifer" in the NFL. At the end of the extension, he will be 54 and have been a head coach for 14 seasons.

"There will be a time when it's right (to retire)," Dungy said. "When I was 35, I thought it was (at age) 50. It's not going to be 50, that's for sure.

"Right now, everyone's having fun. Hopefully it continues for a long while."

Unable to predict when he'll walk away from coaching, Dungy is adamant he'll do so as a member of the Colts.

"This will be my last stop," he said.

"From the first day I was here and after talking to Jim, I knew I wasn't going to coach anywhere else. Hopefully, we've got a few Super Bowls and a few more good times left."

Irsay targeted Dungy to replace Mora immediately after the Buccaneers fired Dungy after the 2001 season.

As steadfast as was his commitment then, it's more so now.

The landscape of coaching salaries likely will change before 2006, but Dungy's estimated average salary of $5 million at that point should remain among the highest.

Although coaching salaries are difficult to pin down, it's believed the current $5 million club includes Tennessee's Jeff Fisher and Washington's Joe Gibbs.

A notch below at $4.5 million are Miami's Nick Saban, Dallas' Bill Parcells and Seattle's Mike Holmgren.

New England's Bill Belichick earns a reported $4 million per season, but his salary is among the coaching fraternity's most closely guarded secrets.

Also, it can be deceiving to compare salaries.

Dungy is strictly a head coach. Gibbs is the Redskins' coach and team president.

Fisher also wears the hat of Titans' executive vice president, while Denver's Mike Shanahan doubles as the Broncos' executive vice president of football operations.

However the figures stack up, Dungy will be near the top.

"That's good," running back Edgerrin James said.

"I don't know what his numbers are, but he deserves to be the highest-paid coach out there."

Added wide receiver Brandon Stokley: "It's great. Not a more deserving person. It's great for Indianapolis and it's great for the Colts. All around, it's awesome."

Cost of coaching

Here's a list of coaches believed to be the highest paid in the NFL. The listed figures are estimated yearly salaries. The Colts' Tony Dungy has signed a contract extension which, beginning in 2007, will pay him an estimated $5 million per year.

Coach Team Salary

Joe Gibbs Washington $5M
Jeff Fisher Tennessee $5M
Nick Saban Miami $4.5M
Mike Holmgren Seattle $4.5M
Bill Parcells Dallas $4.5M
Mike Shanahan Denver $4.1M
Bill Belichick New England $4.0M
Mike Martz St. Louis $3.5M
Jon Gruden Tampa Bay $3.5M
Mike Sherman Green Bay $3.2M

Sources: Forbes.com, Miami Herald, Star research

Call Star reporter Mike Chappell at (317) 444-6830.

09-13-2005, 11:14 PM
Sorry in advance btown.


Dungy extension well deserved

By Michael Smith

In this day and age of "What have you done for me lately?" Colts owner Jim Irsay didn't wait to see what his team would do this year or next. Instead, Irsay did right by his head coach, Tony Dungy, who's always done it the right way, and who's going to be the right guy for the job five years from now regardless of whether the Colts overtake the Patriots and win the Super Bowl this season or take another three to do it.

Irsay announced Sunday night that he had signed Dungy, Indy's coach since 2002, to a three-year extension through 2009. Dungy's current deal is due to expire after next season, and the additional years will pay him about $5 million per, placing him among the game's highest-paid coaches. Irsay actually approached Dungy back in the spring with the idea of extending his contract.

Tony Dungy has brought the Colts to the playoffs the last three seasons."I told him it wasn't necessary," Dungy said, "that I wasn't coaching anywhere else and this is my last stop. I told him when the contract runs out, then we can talk. He said he wanted everybody to understand that this was the direction we were going in. Jim and I have such a great relationship to where we didn't need to put it on paper. He could have said, 'You're here for as long as you want, but we're not going to do anything in terms of your contract right now,' and that would have been good enough for me."

"Underrated" is an overused term. But it's appropriate when talking about Dungy. Tell you what: You can have Bill Cowher, Jeff Fisher, Joe Gibbs (this version), Jon Gruden, Mike Holmgren, Mike Martz, Bill Parcells, Andy Reid and Mike Shanahan. Other than Bill Belichick, I don't think I'd take another coach over Dungy right now. First, he did what was thought to be impossible and built Tampa Bay into a winner. Now he's coached the Colts to elite status. And don't even try to come with that "he's got Peyton Manning" counterargument; it's not like Dungy's merely along for Manning's ride into the record book. Dungy is as smart and as calculated and as prepared as any coach, only he doesn't get a lot of props for it.

Read the man's bio. Dungy posted a 34-14 mark in the regular season his first three years with Indy. Subtract a loss and add a tie and you have Don Shula's record his first three years with Baltimore. That's good company. Dungy, however, is alone among head coaches in terms of regular-season victories since the 1999 season: he's 65-32, with six double-digit win seasons. Seven of his nine teams have been in the playoffs, and he's the only active coach to have led a team to the postseason six straight years.

But that's where you get to the hole on Dungy's résumé. Each of the Colts' playoff losses under Dungy has provided a different look of ugly: 41-0 to the Jets, and 24-14 and 20-3 to the Patriots.

Just making the playoffs won't be good enough for the Colts this year. Nothing short of the Super Bowl will suffice. And it'd be nice if they beat New England along the way. Indy's lofty expectations for this season have a 2004 Boston Red Sox theme to them, as New Englanders actually debated whether finally beating the Yankees was more meaningful than a long-awaited World Series title. A lot of people seem to think the Colts' Nov. 7 visit to Gillette Stadium will define their season.

So in that sense, what Irsay and the Colts did was refreshing, especially when juxtaposed with how the Glazer brothers played Dungy after the Bucs lost the 2001 NFC Championship Game. Tampa Bay's owners figured Dungy had taken an unbalanced team (a D with no O) as far as he could and hired Gruden to finish the job. This time, Dungy figures to be around to reap the rewards of his labor, though he isn't about to relax.

"I got an extension in Tampa, but I didn't make it through," he said. "It doesn't always mean what it says."

Considering the competition, the Colts' performance against the Ravens Sunday night (a convincing 24-7 win) doesn't say a whole lot about the improvement of their defense. They know that. Indy's defense had its way with an offense that can't get out of its own way. But with former Eagle Corey Simon in the middle of the D-line, Indy's defense should be good enough, if not just good. It should at least be able to keep opponents (particularly the Patriots) off balance.

The past several years, New England's offense has been able to do what it wanted against the overmatched Colts, who couldn't do anything about it. The Ravens love to run, and they had less than their customary success doing it in the opener. Simon played only about 30 snaps, but his presence was noticeable -- he pushed the pocket, controlled his gaps, and effectively clogged running lanes. More important is that Dungy and defensive coordinator Ron Meeks have every defender committed to stopping the run, which leads to 11 players meeting at the football. That figures to result in a more competitive meeting if the Colts and Patriots face each other in the playoffs for a third straight year.

"We've brought in some confident players, Corey Simon and Marlon Jackson, that have brought an attitude like, 'I've been on good defenses and I expect to do well,' and it's rubbing off," Dungy said.

Irsay told Dungy that signing Simon wasn't originally in the Colts' budget, but "if he'll help us, we'll get it done." Ask Belichick and Reid: It doesn't hurt to have a supportive owner who'll dig deep into his pockets to get the coach the players he needs. The kind of working relationship Dungy and Irsay have is both rare and invaluable.

"Jim's a lot like me," Dungy said. "He comes from the old school."

Others might have the Colts pegged for the Super Bowl, but Dungy isn't making plans for Detroit after one game.

"In my talk to the team I told them to continue to do what they did last week and keep building, to not get too caught up in what other people think of us," Dungy said.

What Dungy brings to his teams is an attitude of focus and consistency. He possesses the same qualities for which other coaches are hailed. He doesn't seek the accolades they receive, though more will come once he owns a title.

He has security, and the Colts have the services of one of the top two or three coaches in the NFL for another five years.

"Sure it's based on results," Dungy said. "But it's not, 'If you don't win one game or beat New England, everything's bad.' We like the direction we're going and we're going to keep getting better."

Michael Smith is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

Frank Slade
09-13-2005, 11:17 PM
Yes.. very good, Glad to See as well Dungy will be staying here once he is done.

I hope it will be with a few rings on his finger when he retires.

09-13-2005, 11:21 PM
How about a couple on both? Bling bling Dungy. Of course, he wouldn't be an *** and show them off to the world, like a certain Belichick.