Tony Dungy calls Josh McDaniels reversal ‘indefensible’

Head coach Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts looks on against the San Diego Chargers during their AFC Divisional Playoff game in 2008.

Josh McDaniels will not be the next HC of the IC. McDaniels decided to remain the Patriots’ offensive coordinator instead of becoming the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, and former Colts head coach Tony Dungy was less than impressed by McDaniels’ decision.

Dungy, who led Indianapolis to an 85-27 record in his seven-year tenure before retiring in 2009, called McDaniels’ actions “indefensible”.

“It’s one thing to go back on your word to an organization,” Dungy wrote on Twitter. “But having assistant coaches leave jobs to go with you then leave them out to dry is indefensible.”

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that the assistant coaches who had agreed to join McDaniels in Indianapolis had signed contracts and will stay with the team, even though the head coach they agreed to join will not. Dungy addressed the families of those assistants in replies to his original tweet.


The Colts announced that McDaniels had accepted the head coaching position, then rescinded that announcement when McDaniels changed his mind. Dungy is far from the only member of the Indianapolis media upset with McDaniels’ decision, with Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star writing, “Be embarrassed, Indianapolis Colts, but also be relieved. Josh McDaniels is a punk and a loser, but he’s not your punk. He’s not your loser. He’s not your head coach, thank God.”

In a press conference Wednesday, Colts General Manager Chris Ballard said that he did not attempt to talk McDaniels out of his decision, telling reporters, “I want someone who is 100 percent committed.”

“The rivalry is back on,” Ballard said, then walked offstage.


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