Tony Dungy played a big role in the comeback of Michael Vick, and was also a big reason Andy Reid trusted Vick enough to give him a chance. Vick has spoken at length about how important Dungy has been to him.
So it’s only natural for Dungy to be questioned about the future of Plaxico Burress, as he was today by Mike Garafalo of the New Jersey star Ledger, and if that future is at the Linc.
“I don’t know that would be the case. He wants to be some place where he’s wanted, where he’s comfortable,” Dungy said. “I don’t think playing football is the most important thing for him now. He wants to play very badly and feels like he had two years to rest his body up, so he’ll be able to play. But just like with Mike, I think it becomes important but not the most important thing.”
Dungy noting he wants to be somewhere he’s wanted, when asked specifically about Philadelphia, could be a hint that initial reports that the Eagles were not interested are true.
The Super Bowl winning coach said that he has had discussions with Plax about what can do still do on the field.
“Plax told me, ‘I can be better. … I was banged up my last year. I was not healthy. So I haven’t been able to run and work the way I would, but I’m healed up so I can be better,’” Dungy said. “After what happened with Mike, I can’t doubt it.”
But while Dungy wants to believe in Burress, he noted that as a former coach, he can’t help but he skeptical.
“There’s something that, as a coach, tells me I don’t believe that, but I’ll have to let it play out and see.”
Whether it plays out in Philadelphia though, as remains to be seen.