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Will Dolphins offer Tony Dungy full-time job?

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08:56 AM ET 11.17 | Stephen Ross met Tony Dungy late in 2011 and soon offered him a job filling an advisory role with the Dolphins. Dungy declined, but the former Super Bowl winning coach and the Dolphins owner stayed in contact, and Ross even got Dungy's input when Miami was hiring a new coach last year. Now Ross is turning to Dungy again. Ross offered and Dungy accepted an appointment to a committee that after this season will review organizational conduct policies and make recommendations on various areas to improve. And whatever you might think of committees setting internal policies that coaches have traditionally set, let me say this: At least Ross is trying. But as with all things involving the Dolphins for the past decade, this committee thing is not enough to actually make a big difference. It is not enough to turn the Dolphins into a consistent winner. This is: Ross should meet with Dungy and at that meeting present one of the NFL's most respected men and gentlemen with a blank check he can fill in if he joins the Dolphins.

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November 17, 2013  08:58 AM ET

Too Many Fish In The Sea, Bro.

November 17, 2013  09:01 AM ET

This "commission" is nothing more than a PR move. Just like the Warren Commission and the 9/11 Commisson. There is a tale they want us to believe so as not to affect business as usual and lay blame on someone other than those ultimately resposible.

November 17, 2013  09:10 AM ET

Tony should be given a shot to run the Team and fill in the blanks.

November 17, 2013  09:11 AM ET

Tony Dungy is in a very happy place right now and too smart of a man to leave that place- for any team .

November 17, 2013  09:49 AM ET

I'd like to know what Dungy's input on a HC candidate was, just out of curiosity.

November 17, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'd like to know what Dungy's input on a HC candidate was, just out of curiosity.

Philbin.

November 17, 2013  10:01 AM ET

Dungy and Jimmy Johnson are both alike, got good tv jobs with no pressure, and neither one of them will coach in the NFL again.

November 17, 2013  10:02 AM ET

Nothing but respect for Tony Dungy, but first he backed ConVick and now Philbin. Might be time to get back to what he's good at...coaching.

November 17, 2013  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'd like to know what Dungy's input on a HC candidate was, just out of curiosity.

He apparently approved of Philbin and Ireland hired him and they are both gone at years end. Philbin was always thought of as a dungy clone. He is a decent man and it is too bad this all happened on his watch. He will coach in the NFL for as long as he wants to. OC most likely.

November 17, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Philbin.

Hm. So much for that.

November 17, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Nothing but respect for Tony Dungy, but first he backed ConVick and now Philbin. Might be time to get back to what he's good at...coaching.

That is why he likes where he is and what he is doing. He is just a talking head but has no responsibilities for what he says or thinks.

November 17, 2013  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Dungy and Jimmy Johnson are both alike, got good tv jobs with no pressure, and neither one of them will coach in the NFL again.

Yup.

I prefer to remember JJ on the sideline getting obliterated by Jacksonville (!) in his final game as HC.

November 17, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Hm. So much for that.

Look at all the coaches they have gone through. Their problems are systemic and you can start and end wit Ireland. He ran their scouting from 2004-2007 and has been their GM since 2008.

How was he not fired before now?

November 17, 2013  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Yup.I prefer to remember JJ on the sideline getting obliterated by Jacksonville (!) in his final game as HC.

Ah yes, the good old days... when Jacksonville making the playoffs wasn't a laugh-out-loud prospect.

November 17, 2013  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

That is why he likes where he is and what he is doing. He is just a talking head but has no responsibilities for what he says or thinks.

He's always struck me as one of the good guys. I hate to see him being associated with the riff raff.

November 17, 2013  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Look at all the coaches they have gone through. Their problems are systemic and you can start and end wit Ireland. He ran their scouting from 2004-2007 and has been their GM since 2008.How was he not fired before now?

Excellent question. A lot of people have been saying he should have been canned before this season. He must be on great terms with Ross, for reasons that have nothing to do with football.

I've said it before... it's amazing that GMs are not held as directly accountable as they should be in the NFL. Ireland is another example of a GM overstaying his welcome.

November 17, 2013  10:16 AM ET

for what it is worth: Philbin and Roger Goodell both graduated from the same college, Washington and Jefferson. Goodelll was a senior there when Philbin was a Freshman. A good chance they knew each other. Just sayin because I suspect they have talked privately about the whole mess.

November 17, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Excellent question. A lot of people have been saying he should have been canned before this season. He must be on great terms with Ross, for reasons that have nothing to do with football.I've said it before... it's amazing that GMs are not held as directly accountable as they should be in the NFL. Ireland is another example of a GM overstaying his welcome.

If I am an owner and a GM tells me who to hire as the HC, then I tell him, fine, but you two are tied at the hip. The day he goes, you go with him....

November 17, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He is a decent man and it is too bad this all happened on his watch.

That's a key right there. The same was said about Dungy in Minnesota before he was given his shot in Tampa. Despite whatever experience assistant coaches have before they jim into the HC chair, I can't imagine it's an easy transition. I think for a lot of new coaches it's equally important they have a good support structure above them, and that means having a solid GM, and an owner who knows when to stay out of the way (which should be more than 95% of the time). Philbin has Jeff Ireland as his GM, and it doesn't seem to be doing him any favors. However, it's starting to seem like Philbin himself is a bit of a hands-off coach, and not as tuned-in to what is happening in the locker room as a coach should be. As you said, he probably will continue to find work in the NFL, but this is likely his only shot in the HC chair... for a long while, anyway.

 
November 17, 2013  10:19 AM ET

I can picture Choirboy paddling him while he screams "Thank you sir may I have another".

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