Dungy On Browns: "I'm Not Totally On Board Yet"

Tony Dungy explains why he has doubts about the Browns but expects big things from the Steelers

Zach Gelb
August 23, 2019 - 10:07 am
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The Cleveland Browns enter the 2019 season with incredibly high expectations, this for a franchise that hasn’t had a winning season since 2007 and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2002.

For those reasons and more, Tony Dungy isn’t jumping on the Browns’ bandwagon just yet.

“I’m not totally on board yet,” Dungy told Zach Gelb. “They’ve got a lot of pieces to the puzzle and the pieces look great. Now they’ve got to fit together and they’ve got to build that chemistry. You’re always going to have some adversity during the season. I want to see how this group responds to adversity. They’ve got a ton of talent, they’ve got explosive players, exciting players, there’s a lot of optimism and energy – but how are they going to deal with that adversity when it does hit?”

Dungy, in fact, believes that the Pittsburgh Steelers – who missed the playoffs last year for the first time since 2013 – could be dangerous, even without Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.

“Everybody is saying they lost Antonio Brown and that’s a ton of touchdowns, and they lost Le’Veon Bell and that’s a ton of touchdowns, so they can’t possibly be as good,” Dungy said. “But sometimes with the rest of the group, when people say that, the rest of the group says, ‘Hey, we want to prove that we’re pretty good, too.’ I think you’re going to see the best of the Steelers this year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they made a run.”

Click below to listen to Dungy’s interview in its entirety.