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Dungy gets new deal, says Indy is final stop

By wire services
Published September 13, 2005


INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Dungy never intended to leave the Colts for another job. Now, he's sure he won't.

One day after owner Jim Irsay announced the team had given Dungy a three-year extension, Dungy said Indianapolis would be his final stop on the coaching carousel.

"I don't know how long I'll coach, but this is it," he said Monday. "Hopefully, when it's over, we'll have been to a few more Super Bowls."

Getting to the first one with Indianapolis would be a start.

Since joining the Colts in 2002, Dungy has had the Colts in Super Bowl contention. He has won back-to-back division titles with 12-4 records each year, gotten the Colts into the playoffs each of his first three seasons and is only the second coach in franchise history (Ted Marchibroda the other) to win at least 10 games each of his first three years.

Dungy is 38-17 with the Colts, including 3-3 in playoff games. He is also the winningest coach in Tampa Bay history (54-42 in six seasons) before the Bucs fired him after the 2001 season. He's the only coach to lead his last six teams to the playoffs. "I got an extension in Tampa, and I didn't make it through that one, so it doesn't always mean anything," he joked.

'FINS SAY MORE TO SHOW: Dolphins coach Nick Saban made it clear how he felt about preseason games: They don't count for anything.

Naturally, Saban saw no need to reveal his complex blitz packages. So with the preseason put in the past Sunday, did the team finally showcase the playbook in beating Denver 34-10?

Not even close. "The defensive playbook is the size of a phone book," linebacker Channing Crowder out of Florida said. "We didn't even get through the first letter of the alphabet."

While holding the Broncos to 70 rushing yards, the Dolphins said they rarely strayed from the base defense. "We just brushed the surface," defensive end Vonnie Holliday said.

CSONKA RESCUED: Larry Csonka and five others were plucked by helicopter from a stranded boat during a rescue in the Bering Sea near the Aleutian Islands off western Alaska.

The Hall of Fame running back for the Dolphins in the '70s, his partner and a film crew from his television show, North to Alaska , were not injured, but the boat was abandoned at sea, the Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday. "We might very well have died if we stayed out there. It was tense," Csonka, 58, told the newspaper.

He was returning from filming a hunting trip on an isolated island Wednesday when the group ran into bad weather. The paper reported that 9-foot seas and gale force winds made it difficult to navigate the 28-foot vessel.

BENGALS: Running back Kenny Watson had surgery to repair a torn biceps and will not play again this season.

BRONCOS: Cornerback Champ Bailey has a dislocated left shoulder and running back Mike Anderson has separated cartilage in his ribs and they need to be evaluated before their status for Sunday's game is decided.

JAGUARS: Fred Taylor walked through the locker room without a knee brace, an ice pack or a limp. The former UF running back had no problems a day after his first significant playing time in nearly nine months. Taylor ran 20 times for 76 yards in a win over Seattle. "Each game I'm going to get better," he said.