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Tony Dungy Stays In Indy, Jim Caldwell Heir Apparent

There was some minor drama the past few weeks as Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy considered retiring.

The drama is over, he's coming back.  Starting in 2009, the head coach will be current assistant Jim Caldwell.

The Colts coach said Monday he will remain with Indianapolis through at least the 2008 season before turning the program over to hand-picked successor Jim Caldwell.

Dungy, the first black coach to win a Super Bowl, spent a week meeting with his family, close friends and trusted colleagues while deciding whether to return for a seventh season with the Colts.

Not much else to say here, the Colts remain the Colts for another season.  There shouldn't be much change in 2009 either, except that Marvin Harrison will be at home preparing his speech for Canton.  

One thing to point out is the lazy reporting by the Associated Press.  Here's a line from their story on the Cowboys' Jason Garrett:

League rules prevent team owner Jerry Jones from anointing Garrett as the heir to Phillips, but the way things have played out sure seems to indicate the likelihood.

And here's a line from the recent story on Dungy:

The Colts coach said Monday he will remain with Indianapolis through at least the 2008 season before turning the program over to hand-picked successor Jim Caldwell.

Right.  So IS it against league rules to have team owners "anoint" the next head coach or not?  If it is against league policy, why have two teams done it within a week?   Couldn't somebody at the AP have asked that?  If Mike Holmgren does the same thing next week, will somebody bring it up then?

I'm surprised Washington owner Dan Snyder hasn't jumped on this.  He would probably set up a line of succession that would rival the British Royal Family.