SI Vault
 
Just the Right Job
Peter King
January 29, 1996
Having separated fact from fiction, Tampa Bay made a wise choice of a coach
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
January 29, 1996

Just The Right Job

Having separated fact from fiction, Tampa Bay made a wise choice of a coach

View CoverRead All Articles View This Issue
1 2

The Bucs don't know how good they'll have it this winter and early spring. Here they are with upwards of $14 million to spend on free agents, and they've hired a coach whom players want to play for. If you're a' free agent and you want to play in Florida—which many players do—you first cross the Miami Dolphins off the list because they have no room under the salary cap. That leaves Jacksonville and Tampa. One day you sit across the desk from the militaristic Tom Coughlin of the Jaguars. The next day you sit across from the conversational Dungy. Opportunity's the same. Money's the same. It's no contest. You pick Tampa Bay.

Dungy has been blessed by the football gods. In getting the Bucs' job, he has been given a good young team, extra draft picks in the first and second rounds and room under the cap. After everything he has been through, justice was served.

1 2