© St. Petersburg Times, published January 20, 2002
Tony Dungy will reap rewards by getting out from under the Glazers. He is too nice a person to be working for them. He gave his best and no more is expected. Fans have learned so much from his shining example as a good person. If fans can learn from their team's coach, then he has achieved real greatness that no trophy can replace. There will never be anyone who can fill his shoes.
-- Mary A. Carroll, Dunedin
Enough already. Dungy is just a football coach and certainly not Vince Lombardi. His success level was mediocre, couldn't win a playoff game and didn't win a Super Bowl. Please give your readers a break and report news of interest and significance. The Dungy issue is stale and boring.
-- Jim Kuppe, Bradenton
Bill Parcells should realize he'll be treated by the Glazers the same way our beloved Dungy was.
-- Janet Baker, St. Petersburg
Gary Shelton says the Glazers are either "classless" or "clueless." I think they are both.
-- Bob Tremblay, Palm Harbor
The result of the Bucs management's debacle? Dungy goes to another organization, say the Indianapolis Colts with Peyton Manning, and wins a Super Bowl. Sound familiar, Tampa Bay?
-- Jim Corn, St. Petersburg
A fan of the Bucs said on TV he would never spend another dime on them because of the handling of the Dungy firing. Okay, when the Bucs go to a Super Bowl in the next two or three years, would that fan please give me his ticket?
-- John N. Anderson, Tierra Verde
The Bucs will continue to enjoy growing success in the coming years. Certainly by now you must realize the Glazers have all the necessary qualities to succeed in the NFL. They are manipulative, deceptive, back-stabbing, conniving, two-faced and unappreciative. The only quality Dungy took with him is the one the Glazers will never possess: class.
-- Steven A. Custer, Largo
While the Tampa Bay area mourns the loss of Tony Dungy the coach, we also mourn the loss of Dungy the person. He has done many wonderful things for this community, and he should be proud he brought us together to believe in something we never thought we would be able to believe in. He is highly respected by his players, fans, the media and other sports organizations. He deserved better than to be associated with the Glazers, who thought it best to fire him on a cold, rainy night when he would get no media coverage. But maybe that was the best time for the Glazers. Vampires do their best work after dark.
Coach Dungy, thank you for all you have given us. I wish you well on your new endeavor and know you will succeed in whatever you do. You are a class act and we feel privileged to have known you. Good luck. You deserve the best.
-- Barb Morlack, St. Petersburg
Dungy was hired to coach the Bucs to become a winning team, as all coaches are. He was not hired for his community work. Football is more than just winning games and becoming lovable. He was here for six years and has to take full blame for his faulty decisions regarding the offense. His conservative approach did him and his team in too many times.
Another reason for his firing was his loyalty to his offensive line and receiver coaches and not featuring Mike Alstott as his main running back. It has been obvious the past two seasons Warrick Dunn was not an NFL running back. The final reason he deserved to be fired was his comments after Saturday's loss to Philadelphia that he was not going to change his coaching philosophy. He may have brought a new-found respect to the Bucs as a team, but his offense was the laughingstock of the NFL.
-- Dan Stifflear, Palm Harbor
Can we fire the Glazers? I am appalled at the treatment of Dungy. I understand business is business, but I cannot understand why the Glazers would treat Tampa Bay's best coach ever with a lack of respect and appreciation in light of all he has done for the Bucs and Tampa Bay. Their handling of his dismissal is inexcusable. It only proves what I've suspected all along: the Glazers aren't very good people.
-- Cathy Watson, Tampa
I would like to thank the Glazers for bringing respect to this franchise. Without them, Tony Dungy would not be as successful as he is. It was the Glazers who gave Rich McKay free wheel to do as he needed to make the Bucs a respectable team. It was the Glazers and McKay who gave Dungy free rein to do what he needed to make this team respectable. Dungy was given any player he wanted, any coach he wanted, to get the job done. He did an admirable job. Could he have done as well elsewhere? I don't think so. Other owners want too much say in everything. I would have fired Dungy on the plane after the Green Bay game last year. How many millions did that cost the Glazers? How much did it cost the community?
-- Bobby Pratt, Indian Rocks Beach
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