“It’ll take a while for those guys to really understand what he’s saying. But when they do, it’ll be good,” Dungy said today at the Gaylord Texan Resort, where he will receive the Theodore Roosevelt Award as part of tonight’s activities at the NCAA Convention.
Dungy reflected on his early struggles in Tampa Bay, with Kiffin on his staff, as that team sought to implement the “Tampa 2” scheme.
“We didn’t come into the Cowboys’ (personnel) situation. They’ve got a little bit more cohesiveness and talent (in Dallas) than we had our first year there,” Dungy said of his first season in Tampa. “It took us about nine weeks before we even got the hang of it in Tampa. We were 1-8 and not hitting on all cylinders. But the guys stuck with it and grew into it. And that became a very, very good defensive team.”
_ Jimmy Burch