During one job
interview Dungy was asked for the racial breakdown of his prospective staff.
Another time, a G.M. insisted that Dungy shave his beard. Perhaps his most
telling experience was in January 1988, when Dungy was among 15 candidates
interviewed by Green Bay. Dungy detected that he was a token after the
organization revealed that it sought an offensive-minded person--with
When Dungy was a
Vikings defensive coordinator in the 1990s, the knock was that he didn't
interview well. Dungy's candor certainly didn't help. The coach would reveal
that he planned to occasionally drive his kids to school instead of being at
work early. When one owner asked if the job would be the most important thing
in his life, Dungy said no. "I didn't think I was going to get that
job," he says, laughing. "And I didn't."
Even when Dungy
landed the Tampa Bay job, it reportedly came after Jimmy Johnson and Steve
Spurrier declined. But Dungy was the ideal coach for a franchise that had
suffered 13 straight losing seasons. The Bucs made the playoffs in four of six
seasons after he redesigned the Cover Two to make it more effective, calling it
the Tampa Two.
Dungy's staff in
Tampa included Smith, Herman Edwards ( Kansas City's head coach), Rod Marinelli
( Detroit) and Mike Tomlin ( Pittsburgh). They are all versed in the Tampa Two.
But Dungy's coaching tree goes beyond X's and O's. And his disciples have
adopted his vision.
"To have that
resonate," Dungy says, "that you can be good, that you can win, that
you can be successful, and you don't have to live and die and eat and sleep
football, I'm proud of that, too."