Dungy’s coaching future uncertain

Every December for the past half-dozen years or so, Colts coach Tony Dungy has contemplated retiring. Once the season ended, he took some time off and, ultimately, decided to return.

Now, Dungy has the same thought process. If the season were to end today, he likely would walk away from the game. But the season does not end today. It might not end for a while for Indianapolis, which clinched the No. 5 seed with Thursday night’s 31-24 victory over Jacksonville.

But Dungy knows a big decision awaits.

“I really enjoy coaching,” Dungy said. “I love our team. This year has been a challenge and been so much fun. We’ve got great guys to coach. I have some other things that eventually I’m going to want to do. I’m enjoying being away from the game more and more. My wife and I will sit down at the end of the year after it’s all over and assess everything, where we’re going and make a decision. Fortunately, I don’t have to make it quick and I’m going to take that time.”

If Dungy were to retire, he knows what would drive him away from the game.

“Wanting to do some other things,” he said. “Wanting to be more involved in the community that I live. This summer in Indianapolis was the worst three months in the history of the city in terms of homicides and arrests, mainly young people, young boys. I’ve talked with (Buccaneers LB) Derrick Brooks a lot over the last year about different ways he’s gotten involved hands on. … I’d like to be more of a family guy, more of a dad. I’ve had some fun watching my son play high school football this year. … It’s the same thoughts that I’ve had for the last five or six years, so you never know.”

No one does. So after the Colts’ season ends, the Dungy Watch begins anew. In the interim, enjoy one of the NFL’s greatest coaches and one of the finest men to patrol the sideline.

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