January 12, 2009

Dungy reportedly quitting Colts

The Indianapolis Colts have called a Monday afternoon news conference, at which time Tony Dungy is expected to announce he's quitting as coach of the NFL team.

FOXSports.com reported Dungy has started saying goodbye to players and team personnel at the club's headquarters.

Dungy has taken the Colts to the playoffs in each of his seven years with the team. The Colts won the 2006 Super Bowl. He has an 85-27 regular-season record and is 7-6 in the post-season.

Indianapolis went 12-4 this season and finished second in the AFC South behind the 13-3 Tennessee Titans. However, the Colts lost to the Chargers 23-17 in the first round of the playoffs.

Dungy spent the past week discussing his future with his family and reportedly met with owner Jim Irsay Sunday.

The Colts have won at least 10 games in each season under Dungy and won five straight AFC South titles from 2003-07.

Before joining the Colts, Dungy spent six years as coach of Tampa Bay. He had a regular-season mark of 54-42 with the Buccaneers, guiding them to four playoff appearances.

Dungy is the only coach in league history since the merger to take a team to the playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons.