Former NFL coach Tony Dungy, who won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts, isn't planning on coming out of retirement, but if he did, he says the Detroit Lions' current head coaching vacancy would be the one he would want.
"I will tell you this, Dan, I think the best job out there is the Detroit Lions," Dungy told Dan Patrick in an interview on The Dan Patrick Show Friday.
"That's the job I would want. I think they are the closest to the Super Bowl."
Dungy is currently an analyst for NBC's Football Night in America. He told Patrick that some teams have contacted him to advise them on their coaching search. He did not say if Detroit was one of those teams.
Lions team president Tom Lewand said Monday, after announcing the team had parted ways with head coach Jim Schwartz, the Lions job was the single most attractive on the market. Lewand pointed to a roster ready to win now with names like
Dungy couldn't have agreed more when talking to Patrick.
"You look for a franchise quarterback in this day and age, you want to have a passing game because this game is all about passing, and you want people who can rush the passer and protect the lead," he said. "Detroit's got all that.
"Now you throw in two really good tight ends, a couple running backs who can make things happen. They've got everything they need."
Minus the head coach, of course, but that could change soon enough.
The Lions interviewed Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell for the position Friday and are expected to contact assistant coaches on playoff teams next week -- when they're allowed to do so per NFL rules -- with San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt at the top of that list.
The Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns are also currently looking for head coaches.
"And you've got an owner (in Detroit) who doesn't meddle," Dungy said. "He's not going to come in and tell you, 'Play this guy, cut this guy, draft this guy.' It's a perfect situation. If I was ever coming back, it would be for that job."