Tony Dungy will always be appreciative of the opportunity the Tampa Bay Buccaneers provided when no other NFL team was willing to take a chance on him as a head coach.So long after transforming the Bucs from laughingstocks into championship contenders — only to be dismissed a year before the franchise won its only Super Bowl — the Hall of Famer is graciously returning to Raymond James Stadium to become the latest member of the club's Ring of Honor."I was fired from here Rigoberto Sanchez Jersey Stitched , but I was also hired here," Dungy said, not a trace of bitterness in his voice. "I was hired when I never had been a head coach. None of the other 31 teams gave me a chance.A coaching disciple of Chuck Noll, Dungy won a Super Bowl as a player with the Steelers and later became an assistant in Pittsburgh. Dungy was the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings when the Bucs called in 1996.Tampa Bay hadn't had a winning record or made the playoffs since the 1982 strike-shortened season."We needed a head coach who could foster a winning culture," said owner/co-chairman Bryan Glazer, whose father, Malcolm, hired Dungy and remained supportive when the Bucs began the young coach's first season with five consecutive losses."Despite the losing record," Bryan Glazer added, "you could see we were building something special."The Bucs won five of seven down the stretch to finish 6-10 in what turned out to be the only losing season Dungy would have during a highly successful 13-year run as coach of the Bucs and Indianapolis Colts.In a way it's fitting he will enter the Ring of Honor on Monday night, when Tampa Bay (2-0) hosts the Steelers (0-1-1). Much of what he sought to do when he joined the Bucs he learned from his one-time mentor, Noll.Dungy wanted a team that not only won games and contended for playoff berths, but in which players connected with the city, got involved in the community and were role models on and off the field — like the Steelers."He really shaped the identity of our whole organization," Bryan Glazer said.The Bucs ended their long playoff drought in Dungy's second season. In 1999, they came within one victory of reaching the Super Bowl.Two years later, the Glazer family fired Dungy, who was unable to get the team beyond the opening round of the postseason in 2000 and 2001.A long Womens Darius Leonard Jersey , meandering coaching search ended with the Bucs trading four draft picks and cash to the Oakland Raiders for the right to sign Jon Gruden, who — led by a dominating defense built by Dungy — brought Tampa Bay its lone NFL title in the 2002 season.Four members of that championship team — Hall of Famers Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, John Lynch and Mike Alstott, as well as Gruden and Malcom Glazer — are members of the Ring of Honor.Dungy was disappointed to not have a chance to finish the job, but went on to greater heights in Indianapolis, which won the Super Bowl in the 2006 season.His 54-42 regular-season record and .563 winning percentage with the Bucs are the best in franchise history. He led the team to four playoff appearances in six seasons and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016."You think about coaching, you think winning seasons, you think about getting to the playoffs, you think about getting to the Super Bowl, all those things you hope and dream about," Dungy said. "It's not even in your mind to go in the Ring of Honor. It's an awesome, awesome tribute and honor."Five coaches whom Dungy hired as assistants in Tampa Bay — Mike Tomlin, Lovie Smith, Jim Caldwell, Herman Edwards and Rod Marinelli — went on to land NFL head coaching opportunities.Dungy and Smith met in the Super Bowl won by the Colts. Tomlin led the Steelers to the NFL title two years later.Tomlin, in his 12th season in Pittsburgh, was a young college assistant when Dungy brought him to the Bucs."I could talk, I wouldn't know when to shut up. Coach just provided a daily blueprint on how he approached it. He was himself every day. It was a steady focus and compass through unsteady waters that can be (encountered) in NFL seasons Youth Matthias Farley Jersey ," Tomlin said."Guys knew where they stood with him. A clean communicator, and I think those are some of the key ingredients that allowed him to be successful," Tomlin added. "Successful in multiple places, successful for a period of time."Dungy's impact on the Bucs is undeniable.And, he was — and continues to be — even more influential in the Tampa Bay community through various charitable endeavors.His name will be unveiled in the Ring of Honor on Monday night, however that's just a small part of his legacy."I hope they remember me as someone who helped shape the course of the franchise, got people excited about Tampa football again," said Dungy, who maintained his home in Tampa, even while coaching the Colts."I hope they remember me as a coach who had very good teams, but had some great young men playing and that I tried to lead those young men in the right way, in the right direction. That my focus wasn't just on winning games, but it was on being the best we could on and off the field," Dungy added. "If they think that, I'd be happy." Andrew Luck is an elite NFL quarterback, what is most surprising about this is the lack of weapons he had during his career."Andrew Luck has played at an elite level, when healthy, during his entire career. Before he was putting up 30+ touchdown seasons Matthias Farley Jersey Stitched , Luck excelled at being one of the most clutch quarterbacks in the NFL, and once he got accustomed to the League, his numbers skyrocketed.The best quality about Luck is how he seems to be able to make things work without as many weapons as the other elite quarterbacks in the League. If you take a look at the other top-notch quarterbacks, they always seem to have at least two or three above-average pass catchers, while Luck rarely had two. Say for example, Mahomes had Hill, Kelce, Hunt (before the suspension) and Watkins; Rodgers had guys like Adams, Nelson, Graham, and Cobb; Goff has Cooks, Gurley, Woods, and Kupp and even Deshaun Watson has Hopkins, arguably the best receiver in the NFL.Andrew Luck’s receivers through the years2012ReceptionsYardsTouchdowns2012ReceptionsYardsTouchdownsLuck did have a solid supporting cast in his first two seasons in the NFL. Wayne was an ageless wonder, posting a 106/1355/5 line at 34 years old. That same season, Luck also had Donnie Avery, who enjoyed a respectable season with Luck throwing the ball to him Youth Nate Hairston Jersey , and also a rookie T.Y Hilton who exploded onto the scene.In his second season, he lost Avery, but Fleener developed into the vertical-threat he was supposed to be out of college. It is also worth mentioning this is the season where Reggie tore his ACL, and, at 35 years old, he never truly recovered. Wayne’s injury marked the last time the Colts had a true #2 receiver.In year 3, Luck truly made the leap and asserted himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, throwing for 40 touchdowns. That season, Luck had T.Y, already established as a premier NFL receiver, a much more polished Coby Fleener and a hobbled Reggie Wayne on his final legs. For his first 3 years, Luck never enjoyed the luxury of an established rushing attack behind him. The Colts offense was extremely one-sided, and the offensive line was porous. After taking an absurd amount of hits, Luck’s body ended up crumbling, and he missed most of the 2015 season with a kidney and shoulder injury. He returned for the 2016 and posted another great season, but the Colts failed to make the playoffs when Luck played 15 or more games for the first time in his career. Yet again Luck did not have a true #2 receiver and the offensive line appeared to be allergic to blocking, allowing 41 sacks, an absurd 7.6% sack rate. Predictably Nate Hairston Jersey Stitched , history repeated itself: After being beaten up throughout the course of the 2016 season, Luck was unable to play a single game in 2017, as a result of one of the strangest injuries in Colts’ history.Luck returned for the 2018 season with plenty of questions about his shoulder, and whether or not his body could hold up after having not played for over two years. He quickly dispelled such chatter, posting his best and most efficient season to date, with 39 scores, 15 interceptions,4593 yards and a career high 67.3% completion rate. Also, Luck finally got a great general manager, who put one of the best offensive lines in the NFL in front of him. Luck was only sacked 18 times (best in the NFL) and played all 16 games.The true question here is: If Luck managed to accomplish all that he has done without a true supporting cast, what will he able to do if given weapons? It would not be surprising if he posts even better numbers than those of Mahomes. Luck could even break a few franchise records. With the offensive line problem already more than fixed, the Colts should desperately try to find Luck a true #2 receiver, either in the draft, as this is one of the deepest wide receiver classes in recent memory, or via trade, aiming for available targets such as Mohamed Sanu or Nelson Agholor for example. I trust Ballard to give Luck his best supporting cast in his career as he is entering his prime.
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