Father Dungy Considered Return

January 24th, 2019

Former Bucs coach speaks.

Former Bucs coach and Ring of Honor member Father Dungy recently did a sitdown with Scott Smith of WTVT-TV Channel 13 to discuss his new book and, of course, the Bucs and the NFL.

Dungy shares some insight into new Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians and admits he had an offer to return to coaching that made him think more than once about a return to the NFL sidelines.

When did that happen?

Enjoy the video below. (Smith is well known for hosting Tailgate Sunday with Ira Kaufman during the football season.)

23 Responses to “Father Dungy Considered Return”

  1. Destinjohnny Says:

    Would have loved to have had him back wow
    Tony we see how good of a man you are.
    You transcend everything

  2. Robert Says:

    so he’s pushing a new book got it.

  3. Robert Says:

    I bit my lip till I read Destins post.


    I lost all respect for tony after James’

  4. 813bucboi Says:

    im sure he’s had offers to return….imo, he has nothing else to accomplish football wise…..he won the SB as a player and HC….thats as good as it gets….


  5. Bolt Isle Says:

    There were a lot of good reasons Tony got fired. Love how he changed the culture, but this franchise would not have won a ring if he had stayed. Revisionist History in this area is amazing at times.
    I hope Bruce has better luck with Clyde than Tony had.

  6. ben Says:

    Tony was great head coach for the bucs bringing the team to prominence.

  7. Stevbobucfan Says:

    No this team would not have won a ring without Kiffins defense. People say it was Dungy or Grudens team that won the Super Bowl but it’s so as Kiffins defense

  8. AlteredEgo Says:

    Steveo…..it was Tony’s defense…Kiffin ran it….how old are you?

  9. 813bucboi Says:




  10. Stanglassman Says:

    That Bert Emanuel play was so clearly a catch that to me was a worse call than the bang bang Saints/Rams game play. The Bucs would’ve had a little more work to do but 2002 could’ve been their 2nd Super Bowl appearance.

  11. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    Monte’s defense failed everywhere else he went. IT was Tony’s here, not his.

  12. AlteredEgo Says:

    Stang….still turns my stomach….but look at how young they all looked

  13. SFNJ Says:

    HE needs to be head of football operations

  14. tmaxcon Says:

    bucs dodged a huge bullet dungy the clown is nothing more than a popular failure. 2 playoff wins in 6 years is laughable not legendary especially considering the defense Whyce built for him.

  15. Buc1987 Says:

    Bonzai…that’s deffo an opinion.

  16. Buc believer Says:

    We would have suffered in mediocrity for many many years if he remained. I will take the past 11 years of no playoffs for our 1 Super Bowl victory any day of the week. Some teams never even get there at least we won one! Tony would NEVER have done it for us. Stick to saving the world Tony and let the coaches coach.

  17. Anglican Says:

    Tony was a good coach in his time, i wonder if he could have success after being out as long as he was. And give credit where credit is due, it was also part of Sam Wyche’s defense too. After all, he was the one who draft 2 key pieces to that great defense, Warren Sapp & Derrick Brooks.

  18. Anglican Says:

    Sam Wyche drafted 2 key pieces to that great defense. Warren Sapp & Derrick Brooks. Credit where credit is due

  19. Destinjohnny Says:

    Wow some of these comments are mind blowing
    Curious are u guys from Ohio that are making these comments ?

  20. Joe Says:

    Sam Wyche drafted 2 key pieces to that great defense. Warren Sapp & Derrick Brooks.


    John Lynch, Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks.

  21. Anglican Says:

    Thanks Joe, i had thought that put John in , but didn’t

  22. Jeff Says:

    Dungy too stubborn to be a successful head coach in today’s NFL. Probably realized that Peyton Manning retired, so no point in him coming back. He can’t win without the greatest players in the game on his team. Lovie Smith mindset.

  23. Mike Johnson Says:

    TB is fortunate to have a quality guy like Dungy retire in the area and make the Bay his home. And Yes, he does add a missing temperment long needed in many
    a community. He is truly one of the..Good Guys. If I were him, I’d stay retired from coaching. Hell, he got and making enough money to live..past comfortable.