Open Door Policy For Father Dungy

June 11th, 2014

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Former Bucs coach Father Dungy, the man who built the foundation of the glory days Bucs from cellar dwellers to division champs, has been a frequent visitor to Tampa Bay practices of late. Of course, Father Dungy and Bucs coach Lovie Smith are tight, and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson are considered branches of the Father Dungy coaching tree.

If it was up to Lovie, Father Dungy would be a permanent fixture, not just once a week or so.

“Why wouldn’t you want him here?” Lovie said in his post-practice press conference. “He doesn’t need to tell us when he’s coming. Just show up.”

Occasionally, Father Dungy will chat with Bucs defenders, especially the defensive backs. Today, D.J. Moore was seen asking Father Dungy for advice, “picking Tony’s brain,” Lovie called it.

And Lovie is good with that.

15 Responses to “Open Door Policy For Father Dungy”

  1. The don Says:

    Talk about the don , father dungy

  2. Trey83 Says:

    I have so much respect for father Dungy. Its good to see is Spending time with the Bucs.

  3. Macabee Says:

    The friendship between Dungy, Lovie, Herm, Tomlinson, and Marinelli will never die. When the season goes south in Dallas as I predict they will, the Cowboy Admin will change and Marinelli will make a beeline for Tampa.

    Frazier gets a promotion to Asst Coach and a Butch Davis type job and Marinelli becomes DC. Many Super Bowls in the future. A guy can dream, can”t he? lol

  4. andres Says:

    Can’t be nothing but good!

  5. Touch_Down_Tampa_Bay Says:

    Awesome! Great to see him enjoying the team.

  6. RastaMon Says:

    Great picture of Tony Dungy in his prime… those days I’d get to my seats soon after the gates opened…just to watch the interaction on the field…opposing players…coaches…media etc…a social interaction everyone seeing to catch up everything since the last time they had seen each other….James and Eric…big brother ..little brother….being boys

  7. Yar Says:

    Just don’t let him near the Offense.

  8. Eric Says:

    Dungy saved the bucs and is a brilliant football coach. As Lovie said. Whenever he wants…

  9. Surf Buc Says:

    Couldn’t think of anyone better to drop in. This is so advantageous for staff and team…on many levels. Father Dungy is an appropriate reference.

  10. Piratic Says:

    Copied from my recent post @ PR: “Glad to have TD back to being a regular @ OBP; he’s the reason I became a Bucs fan in the first place.”

  11. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Schiano would have kicked Dungy out of practice if he didn’t have a permission slip.

  12. Bucfever40 Says:

    Dungy is such a fixture with this town and team, I mean he’s statue worthy! I wonder if he’d ever entertain joining this staff maybe as a consultant, how cool would that be seeing him sport our colors again? Macabee, I have a sneaky suspicion you might be right about Merinelli, him and Lovie ARE best friends, and we need some of the old school architects to bring the Tampa 2 back to prominence, I’m sure he’d love to work with these new Bucs and visa versa….one CAN dream lol!

  13. BucsFanSince89 Says:

    I smell greatness happening!!!! Can you smell what the Bucs are cooking?? Playoffs! Save this link folks I’m talking about games in Jan. You heard it here first!! lol

  14. owlykat Says:

    Who better to give CB advice than the former Steeler Star CB and SB winning Coach, Father Dungy–who put us on the NFL map. I would love for all the Bucs Greats to come back and restore that winning confidence in this team. By the way, you can criticize Dungy’s Offense who he had turned over to young Shula as his OC. Well Schula took Charlotte to the playoffs last year and he will be here on the first game this year and will be running his big back offense right over the much too light Foster. Wait and see why I kept saying draft 260 lb Mad Max MLB–the Urlacher Clone.

  15. Piratic Says:

    “Charlotte…will be here on the first game this year and will be running…right over the much too light Foster. Wait and see why I kept saying draft 260 lb Mad Max MLB–the Urlacher Clone.”

    Another example of a fan saying “I’m right. They’re wrong.”