What Tony Dungy thinks of Josh McDaniels backing out on the Colts

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy joined the chorus of criticism of  Josh McDaniels, who on Tuesday backed out after accepting the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job. [Times file (2017)]
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy joined the chorus of criticism of Josh McDaniels, who on Tuesday backed out after accepting the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job. [Times file (2017)]
Published February 7
Updated February 9

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels backed out on the Colts Tuesday after agreeing to become their head coach.

That didn't sit well with Tony Dungy, the former Bucs and Colts head coach and current NBC NFL analyst.

The article Dungy had not read at the time of this tweet Wednesday morning was by Peter King of The MMQB and Sports Illustrated detailing McDaniels' reasons for the decision. The article points out the Colts had already signed three coaches for McDaniels' proposed staff, including prospective defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. Apparently, whomever takes the Indy job will inherit Eberflus.

As for Dungy, he remains loyal to the Colts and owner Jim Irsay, whose franchise is reeling after a drunk driver struck and killed Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe Sunday morning. Irsay is paying for both funerals.

Dungy's criticism was tame compared to what Indianapolis Star columnist Gregg Doyel had to say about McDaniels: "Be embarrassed, Indianapolis, 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 this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels watches from the sideline during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Foxborough, Mass. McDaniels has backed out of a deal to become the Indianapolis’ Colts new coach, a decision that shocked the franchise hours after it announced his hiring. The Colts confirmed McDaniels’ decision in a statement Tuesday night after reports emerged that the Patriots’ offensive coordinator had opted to stay in New England with coach Bill Belichick. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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