The Father Dungy Double StandardDecember 7th, 2012
The neat thing about this weekend being the Bucs’ 2002 Super Bowl reunion is all the quality radio interviews former Bucs are conducting on local airwaves.
Yesterday, as Joe referenced before, former Bucs great Warren Sapp broke down crying while talking about how Joe Jurevicius, with his infant son dying in the hospital, arrived at the NFC championship game and helped turn the game, and the Bucs’ championship season, around.
Sapp on the “Booger and Rich Show,” co-hosted by Sapp’s former teammate Booger McFarland and Rich Herrera, heard locally on WHFS-FM 98.7, also expanded on a subject Sapp briefly touched upon in the outstanding NFL Films “America’s Game” series produced that highlighted the Bucs’ Super Bowl season.
Booger mentioned that when he first joined the Bucs in 1999, he noticed how Sapp and other leaders of the Bucs defense used to gripe about how Father Dungy seemingly didn’t care about the offense, but held the defense to lofty, exacting standards.
Sapp said that apparently, Father Dungy had one objective for the offense which seemingly didn’t include scoring. “Don’t turn the ball over,” Sapp remembered. But that changed dramatically on Day 1 of the Chucky regime.
“That was the difference between Johnny and Tony,” Sapp said of the difference between the two coaches. “It was three yards and a cloud of dust” with Father Dungy.
This is why Joe has never been on the Father Dungy bandwagon. To suggest Father Dungy was not a good coach is outrageous. But his disregard for offense with the Bucs bordered on irresponsible and his standard excuse of “This is the way Chuck Noll did it with the Steelers” was at best a weak smokescreen.
Joe firmly believes Father Dungy’s indifference to the offense likely cost the Bucs two Super Bowl titles.