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Tony Dungy had a hilarious run-in with autocorrect

Tony-Dungy-Ndamukong-SuhLike many others, Tony Dungy was disgusted with what he saw from the Baltimore Ravens in the first half of their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. In fact, Dungy may have thought the performance was a lot more horrible than the rest of us did.

The Bengals basically had their way with the Ravens for the first 30 minutes. Some would say they destroyed Baltimore in the first half. Others might say they dominated Joe Flacco and company. But we like the way Dungy put it the best:

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Yes, we realize Dungy lost a battle with autocorrect. Although, you would think autocorrect would correct “shitting” to “shutting” and not the other way around. Dungy deleted the tweet and corrected it, but potty mouth Dungy is still the best Dungy. You won’t see that again.

Screenshot via Twitter/Danielle Margaretha

Tony Dungy, Phil Simms will try not to use word ‘Redskins’

Washington Redskins helmetMost major television networks have left it up to their television personalities on whether they want to use the term “Redskins” this season or not. With increasing pressure from politicians and other influential groups, the Washington Redskins seem destined to change their nickname at some point. The process might be accelerated if people just stop using it.

“My very first thought is it will be Washington the whole game,” Simms told The Associated Press, via NBC 4 Washington. “I never really thought about it, and then it came up and it made me think about it. There are a lot of things that can come up in a broadcast, and I am sensitive to this.”

Dungy, who is a major staple of the NBC Sunday Night Football telecast, agrees.

“I will personally try not to use Redskins and refer to them as Washington,” Dungy said. “Personal opinion for me, not the network.”

But for every Simms and Dungy, there are plenty of broadcasters and analysts who say they will commit to using the term Redskins as long as that is the name of the team.

“There are so many Redskins fans that take great pride in the name,” CBS’ Rich Gannon, who spent a season playing in Washington, said. “(Owner) Daniel Snyder has said he’s talked and visited with (many) American Indian nations who are supportive of the name. And there are those who oppose it who are being heard. It’s an important topic.”

Jim Nantz, Boomer Esiason, Solomon Wilcots and Troy Aikman also said they will continue to call the Redskins by name until it is no longer their name.

There are even some prominent former Redskins players who believe owner Daniel Snyder should change the name of his franchise, but Snyder has refused to back down. In fact, Snyder recently bought some “Keep the Name” T-shirts from a street vendor. Still, I believe it is only a matter of time before he is forced to fold.

Michael Sam has great response for Tony Dungy

Michael Sam RamsTony Dungy became persona non-grata this week after saying he would not have drafted Michael Sam. A day later, Dungy decided to “clarify” his original comments. Sam also was asked about the comments Tuesday and responded.

“Thank God he wasn’t St. Louis Rams’ coach,” Sam joked to the media. “But I have a great respect for (Tony) Dungy, and everyone in America is entitled to their own opinions.”

That’s a pretty good response from Sam, who did not want to continue talking about that subject.

“I don’t really care what people are coming up and talking about,” Sam said after being faced with another question from the media about Dungy. “My job is to make this team, that’s my number one priority.”

Dungy issued a statement Tuesday to elaborate on his controversial comments about not wanting to draft Sam. Dungy says the media circus surrounding Sam is what would have dissuaded him.

His statement is below.

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Tony Dungy: I would not have drafted Michael Sam

Michael Sam RamsMichael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams more than two months ago, and we have heard very little about his sexual preference since then. With the exception of his touching speech at the ESPYs, the fact that Sam is gay has seemingly been a nonissue. Tony Dungy must not have taken note of that.

Dungy recently said he would not have drafted Michael Sam if he was still an NFL head coach.

“I wouldn’t have taken him,” the former Indianapolis Colts coach and current NBC analyst said, via Ira Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.”

Not wanting to “deal with all of it” is undoubtedly the reason several teams passed on Sam. While all has been quiet to this point, Dungy doesn’t believe it will stay that way.

“It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen,” he added.

The most interesting thing about Dungy’s stance is that he tried to go down the politically correct road when asked about Sam back in February.

“The NFL has always been based on merit and I think that will continue to be the case whether it’s Michael Sam and the issue of homosexuality or anything else,” Dungy said at the time. “Guys who produce and play well will be welcome in the league.”

I guess what he meant was Sam will be welcome in the NFL, but he wouldn’t be welcomed by me.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and Dungy’s is one that is shared by many but bottled up by most. Fortunately, the Rams were willing to deal with whatever distractions might come with drafting Sam if it means potentially improving their football team. If everyone felt the same way Dungy feels about Sam, an openly gay player would never be drafted.

H/T The Big Lead

Tony Dungy: ‘I am done coaching!’

Tony DungyTony Dungy’s name still comes up here and there regarding coaching vacancies in pro and college football, but it sounds like you can permanently cross him off all lists.

Dungy was answering fan questions on Twitter Friday and was asked if he would consider taking the Detroit Lions job if it becomes open. Dungy gave an emphatic answer:

Rumors have said Jim Schwartz will be fired if his 7-7 Lions miss the playoffs, so some are expecting them to look for a new coach after the season. Dungy is also from Michigan, which is what prompted the hometown question.

Dungy hasn’t coached since leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 12-4 record in the 2008 season. He’s been content serving as a writer, motivational speaker, and NFL analyst on NBC.

If Dungy were ever interested in the Lions job, that would make for an interesting situation based on what he said about the organization and Ndamukong Suh two years ago. I’d love to see what a meeting between him and Suh would look like.

Kenneth Edward Tarr, prankster who offered coaches fake jobs, arrested and facing charges

Tony-Dungy-Ndamukong-SuhThe Los Angeles man who allegedly made prank phone calls to high profile coaches from the NFL, NBA and college football was arrested on Monday. According to NBC News, 32-year-old Kenneth Edward Tarr was booked on suspicion of felony eavesdropping for recording phone conversations without permission. Tarr is being held on $20,000 bond and charges could be filed as soon as Wednesday.

At least a dozen coaches were reportedly victims of Tarr’s cruel prank, with names like Tony Dungy and Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson among them. About two months ago, USC claimed people were posing as Trojans representatives and speaking to prospective coaches. At the time, we thought USC was lying and had offered the job to Dungy and he turned it down. Tarr’s arrest would seem to confirm that we were wrong.

In October, a person named Kenny Tarr contacted Deadspin and admitted to making dozens of phone calls to high-profile coaches. Tarr sent Deadspin a recording of a conversation he had with Jackson where he posed as a Los Angeles Lakers representative who was supposedly helping with their head coaching search.

“It’s basically a new frontier for me,” Tarr said. “I’m amazed that they’re returning any of these calls.”

Tarr went on to brag about how USC threatened to sue him but “no one ever has the balls to go through with it.” He admitted to contacting Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, Stanford head coach David Shaw and several others.

“Our investigation is ongoing and includes coaches from across professional sports,” LAPD Lt. Mark Reina said, per NBC News. “We will be analyzing evidence taken during the service of our search warrant to determine if there are additional victims we are not aware of.”

Whether USC or anyone else sues Tarr, it appears that his prank is going to cost him. I hope it’s worth the fame he has received.

Tony Dungy: I would not want to work for Daniel Snyder

dan-snyderThe Washington Redskins have taken a giant step back this season after winning the NFC East in 2012. Part of the issue has been Robert Griffin III’s recovery from knee surgery, but a lot of the team’s struggles have had to do with poor coaching. Naturally, poor coaching reflects negatively on ownership. That is something Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has grown accustomed to over the years.

On Monday, Tony Dungy discussed the current state of the Redskins on “The Dan Patrick Show.” He expressed confidence that Griffin will turn out just fine, essentially pointing the finger at Washington’s ownership group for this year’s media circus.

“I think the whole thing gets kind of exacerbated in Washington, with the whole setup there, the way it’s been, the owner and everything, and the press,” Dungy said, via DC Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg. “RG3’s gonna be okay, just like Cam Newton. Now in three or four years, he matures, he’s playing great football, maybe he’s matured a little bit, but they’re winning more, he’s playing better, so now it all looks pretty good. Whereas when you’re not winning, everything seems to be a negative.”

Dungy also said he believes the Redskins are best off sticking with Mike Shanahan and giving the current offense time, though he said Snyder has a history of jumping ship. He was then asked specifically if he would work for Snyder.

“No, no,” he replied. “When you’re interviewing coaches for the job, and you haven’t told me I’ve lost the job yet? No, I would NOT want to work for him.”

As Steinberg noted, Dungy was likely referring to Snyder interviewing head coaching candidates like Shanahan while Jim Zorn was still under contract with the Redskins.

Dungy’s opinion is one that is shared by plenty of people. Perhaps Clinton Portis can change all of their minds.