Back in the saddle
Agent: Dungy would be interested in Colts' jobPosted: Tuesday January 15, 2002 12:24 PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The agent for Tony Dungy says the fired Tampa Bay head coach would be interested in coaching the Indianapolis Colts.
Agent Ray Anderson, however, would not say whether Dungy has been contacted by the Colts as a possible replacement for Jim Mora, who was fired last week.
Colts spokesman Craig Kelley declined comment on the search for a new head coach.
Speculation about Dungy surfaced in part because of his ties with Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore. Both of them were on the Minnesota Vikings staff in 1992-93, and Moore was offensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota when Dungy was the Gophers' quarterback in the mid-1970s.
"I don't have any comment on anything that has not transpired," Anderson said Tuesday. "All we'll say is we would hope absolutely to have the opportunity to speak with the Colts. But beyond that, I can't comment at this point."
Dungy compiled a 54-42 record with Tampa Bay and made the playoffs four times.
He was fired with one year left on his contract, and the Bucs were believed to be close to an agreement with Bill Parcells, who won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, took New England to the Super Bowl in 1996 and the Jets to the AFC championship game in 1998.
Carolina and San Diego also are looking for new head coaches.
A New York Jets spokesman said Monday that the Colts have been granted permission to talk with Jets defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell.
Anderson would not say what might make the Colts an attractive job for Dungy.
"You probably have some speculation on that," he said. "All I'm going to tell you is we would absolutely have an interest and I'm going to leave it at that for now."
Dungy won 10 or more games three times and guided Tampa Bay to its first NFC Central title in 18 years in 1999. But the Bucs went 9-7 last season and lost to Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year.
The Bucs consistently ranked among the best in the NFL in defense but never finished better than 21st in offense under Dungy. The Colts were second in the league in offense this season but finished 6-10 with one of the league's worst defenses.