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Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy defend Jon Gruden over email matter

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Mike Tirico and Tony Dungy on Sunday defended Jon Gruden over the email the Las Vegas Raiders head coach has received attention for.

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal published a story saying that Gruden mentioned NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith’s tire-sized lips in a 2011 email sent to a then-Washington football executive.

The Wall Street Journal publicized the story by saying Gruden used a racial trope about Smith, who is black. Smith issued a comment in the story saying that Gruden’s comment was a typical example of the racism he has to face.

The story was released the same day Smith was facing reelection for his position with the NFLPA, which he narrowly won in a surprising vote.

Gruden immediately apologized for the contents of his email and added context to the comment. He said that he uses the term “rubber lips” to describe people who are lying. Therefore, he says his Michelin tire lips comment about Smith had to do with Gruden saying the NFLPA executive was lying, and was not an attack on Smith’s physical characteristics.

During NBC’s “Football Night in America” on Sunday night, both Tirico and Dungy addressed the matter.

“We heard Jon Gruden say he addressed this. He gave his side of it. He said that it wasn’t racial, that he was making a comment about DeMaurice Smith, and he basically attacked his character,” Dungy said. “I will accept that and just say that it was an immature way to do it. It wasn’t the right way to do it. But it was 10 years ago. And I’m not going to chalk everything up to racism. I think we accept his apology, move forward, and move on with his team.”

Tirico then offered his thoughts. He explained how he and Gruden were broadcasting partners at ESPN for “Monday Night Football” at the time.

“I think if I’m being honest with the audience, I should weigh in a little bit here,” Tirico began. “I was with Jon at that time — seven years as my partner on ‘Monday Night Football.’ I probably know Jon better than anybody in the league on a personal level. He said it right — he was ashamed by the comments in the email. The comments in the email are wrong.

“But, my experience kind of parallels Tim Brown, who played for Jon. [Brown] said he never experienced or saw anything that would say Jon was racist in any way. That was exactly the experience I had, those seven years of traveling, three days together on the road together every week.”

Both the Raiders and the NFL have issued statements on Gruden’s 2011 email comment. NBC Sports’ Mike Florio said on “Football Night in America” that some in the league office do not believe Gruden will be suspended.

Tony Dungy calls out NFL over new playoff schedule

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The NFL announced a significant change to its playoff schedule on Friday, and Tony Dungy is among those who believe it could become an issue.

With the playoffs having been expanded by one wild card team in each conference last year, the 2021 postseason will now feature a Monday night game. Of course, that means the winner of the game will be guaranteed to have to play a road game on short rest in the Divisional Round. Dungy said the NFL has always tried to avoid that scenario even in the regular season. He criticized the NFL for introducing it in the playoffs now.

Obviously, a Monday night game will draw better ratings than a Saturday game. NFL fans are used to having a game on Monday night, so the schedule change won’t be an issue for them. It will, however, put the winning team at a disadvantage over teams that play on Saturday and Sunday.

Dungy certainly is not the only one from the NFL world who expressed concern about the schedule change.

Tony Dungy disputes that Tom Brady is greatest winner of all time

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Tom Brady further cemented himself as the greatest NFL player and arguably the greatest athlete of all time when he won his seventh Super Bowl on Sunday. Of course, Tony Dungy was among the first to find a way to downplay Brady’s accomplishments.

ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky said on “Get Up!” Monday morning that he considers Brady to be the greatest winner in the history of team sports. As anyone could have predicted, Dungy disagreed. He gave that honor to Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell.

Russell’s 11 NBA titles and all of his other career accomplishments are nothing shy of remarkable. The argument in favor of Brady is that he has won seven championships in an 11-player team sport. He’s also now won titles with two different teams.

Basketball is more of an individual sport than football, and we’ve seen countless times how one player can determine the outcome of a game. You could say that means Brady has gotten more help than someone like Russell, but it’s about being able to elevate those around him to a championship level so many times. As Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Dan Marino and other legendary quarterbacks could tell you, that’s tough enough to do one time, let alone seven.

Brady’s seven championships are more than any single NFL franchise has won, which really tells you everything you need to know.

Brady beat Dungy’s Indianapolis Colts en route to the quarterback’s second and third championships, so there may be some bitterness there. Hopefully Brady roasts Dungy the same way he did the last time the former coach slighted him.

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Tony Dungy rips Packers for defensive setup to end first half

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Longtime NFL head coach Tony Dungy is not a guy who likes to be excessively critical of his peers, so the comments he made about the Green Bay Packers’ defensive setup to end the first half of the NFC Championship are certainly notable.

With eight seconds left and the Buccaneers 39 yards away from the end zone and out of timeouts, it seemed the Packers simply had to keep them away from the sideline to run out the clock on the first half. However, Tom Brady managed to find Scotty Miller for a 39-yard touchdown after Packers cornerback Kevin King got torched on the play.

Dungy seemed to lay blame at the feet of Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, calling Green Bay’s defensive setup on the play “the worst defensive design I’ve ever seen with 8 seconds and no timeouts left.”

Brutal, but there’s not much to argue with here. The Buccaneers were out of timeouts. They basically had to either score or find someone right by the sideline. The Packers should have been able to take both of those strategies off the table with a better defensive strategy.

We just wonder if Brady will like this Dungy take more than this one from last month.

Tony Dungy endorses Leslie Frazier as head coach candidate

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Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was already attracting some head coaching interest prior to Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, so it goes without saying that he boosted his resume even further. Tony Dungy thinks two teams in particular should take notice.

Frazier worked as a defensive assistant on Dungy’s staff with the Indianapolis Colts for two years, including in 2006 when the team won the Super Bowl. On Sunday morning, Dungy tweeted that the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans should be strongly considering Frazier as their next head coach.

“Leslie Frazier did a great job with us in Indianapolis. He’s been a head coach before. And he’s been fantastic for the Bills the last 3 years,” Dungy wrote. “Texans and Eagles should take a close look at him but we’ll see what happens.”

As Dungy mentioned, Frazier has previous head coaching experience in the NFL. He was the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings for three-plus seasons and led the team to the playoffs in 2012.

Frazier’s past probably would not interest teams as much as his present. The Bills ranked in the top half of the league defensively this season, and they are coming off a dominant performance in which they held Lamar Jackson and the Ravens to just three points.

At least one team is seriously considering hiring Frazier, and that list could grow in the coming days.

Tom Brady roasts Tony Dungy in response to slight

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Tom Brady had an incredible response to a slight from Tony Dungy.

Dungy appeared on Shannon Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay” podcast and was asked by the host why he had Brady ranked as the sixth-most difficult quarterback to defend.

“I’m never putting Tom Brady ahead of Peyton Manning, so the best he could do is two. Peyton is my guy. So who gave me real problems? John Elway. You could do everything right, have the perfect defense. He’s going to move around and make something happen and kill you. He killed me enough, he was difficult. Steve Young was the same way. Those mobile quarterbacks. That’s who I put ahead of Tom. Aaron Rodgers, John Elway, Steve Young, guys who could move.

“Not to say Tom wasn’t great; he is great. But the extra dimension meant something to me. So that’s why I would only put him at six. Just my opinion,” Dungy said.

Brady heard the slight and replied on Twitter. He roasted Dungy by posting a photo of the banner the Colts hung in their stadium for being the 2014 AFC finalist.

The Colts were mocked for celebrating second place in their conference. They lost 45-7 to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Meanwhile, Brady won six championships with the Patriots, including that season.

The point is what matters most is winning the big prize, not being ranked higher on a list from Dungy, who coached the Colts from 2002-2008 and won one Super Bowl.

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Tony Dungy has issues with Rooney Rule proposed changes

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Tony Dungy expressed some concerns about the proposed changes to the Rooney Rule during an interview on Monday.

Dungy was a guest on “Tiki and Tierney” on CBS Sports Radio/CBS Sports Network and was asked about the proposed changes to the Rooney Rule. The proposal includes giving draft-related incentives to teams for hiring minority head coach and general managers.

“The negative things hasn’t helped, like ‘interview a minority coach or you’ll get fined’… so somebody said ‘well, how about incentives?’ So that got proposed, but it was only 1/20th of the whole thing, and unfortunately it’s whats being focused on now.

“I’m personally not for it. I can see the coach’s points of view of ‘hey, I don’t want to get hired just because you got an extra draft choice. I want to get hired because I’m the best person. I don’t want you to think I need more to succeed.’ I think it’s kind of like the PI (pass interference) rule of last year. People felt like something needed to get done, maybe it’s not exactly the right thing. Hopefully, this spurs some conversation and we come up with a different kind of incentive. I’m not for it personally, but I understand where they’re coming from.”

Some of the other parts of the proposal would include two minorities needing to be interviewed for a head coaching job and one for coordinator jobs.

The draft incentive has been met with negative response, and even a minority head coach has expressed his concern with the proposal.

You can understand where someone like Dungy or Anthony Lynn are coming from. People generally want to feel like they were hired because they were deserving and wanted, not because there’s some nice incentive attached.

Tony Dungy urges NFL to get rid of pass interference challenges

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The NFL has shown almost a complete unwillingness to overturn any pass interference call or non-call this year despite making such plays reviewable, and Tony Dungy is among those who believe the league is wasting everyone’s time.

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur challenged a pass interference non-call on tight end Evan Engram during Monday night’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, and almost everyone would agree there was a clear and obvious penalty. Like we have seen so many other times this season, the officials still decided not to drop a flag upon reviewing the play.

After Shurmur lost that challenge, the success rate of coaches challenging pass interference calls and non-calls this season dropped to less than 10 percent. Of the 52 pass interference plays that have been challenged, the call on the field has been overturned just five times. Dungy ripped the NFL over that on Tuesday.

It has become clear that the NFL only made pass interference plays reviewable to avoid a complete disaster like the one we saw during the NFC Championship Game last year. We could tell by the way reviews of those plays were being handled in the preseason that the success rate for having them overturned was going to be incredibly low. In certain situations, Dungy is right that it is an insult to fans.

Tony Dungy impressively predicted a 100-point MNF game

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Tony Dungy only needed to see 10 minutes of the incredible “Monday Night Football” game to know where it was heading.

After seeing a couple of early penalties called on the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense, Dungy knew that the game was setting up to be high-scoring. He said that with the way the refs were calling the game, there would be 100 points scored.

Fast forward a few hours, and Dungy’s prediction came true. 105 points were scored in the Los Angeles Rams’ 54-51 win — the most in “Monday Night Football” history. 13 penalties were called on the Chiefs for 135 yards and 8 on the Rams for 60 yards. The defenses created some turnovers but struggled overall to slow down the opposing offenses.

Patrick Mahomes threw for 478 yards, 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, while Jared Goff went for 413 yards and 4 touchdowns. What a game.

Tony Dungy fires back after being questioned for mixing religion with sports analysis

Like Tony Dungy, Nick Foles is a devout Christian who has never been shy with speaking publicly about the importance of religion in his life. And while it wasn’t surprising that Dungy mentioned Foles’ faith on numerous occasions during NBC’s coverage of the Super Bowl, many fans felt the discussion was inappropriate.

Dungy made reference to Foles’ religious beliefs on the air and with a tweet following the game. The former NFL coach also noted how important it was for his son, Justin, to see the Eagles quarterbacks praying together after their win over the Patriots.

The tweets and Dungy’s comments on air led to a lot of backlash, and he addressed some of it on Tuesday.

Dungy was also asked what this says about players of faith whose teams lose.

“Why would you find it hard to believe that the Holy Spirit could speak to Nick Foles just as much as a coach could speak to him? If he credited a coach for saying “Stay calm and be confident” that’s good. But if he tells me Christ says that to him I shouldn’t report it???”, he responded.

Dungy angered fans earlier in the week with his thoughts about where the Patriots’ dynasty ranks among the NFL’s best, but New England did end up losing the game.