Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy was in the booth on Thursday night as the Minnesota Vikings hosted the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving night in primetime.
Dungy and former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett were alongside Mike Tirico as Cris Collinsworth had the night off. Both he and Garrett are typically in the NBC Sports studio where they give pre-game and halftime commentary.
NFL fans weren't happy with the decision to put the former Bucs and Colts head coach in the booth on Thursday night. When taking to their Twitter accounts, many believed that his commentary and opinions didn't coincide with what was happening on the field. Others thought that Dungy's experience coaching in the AFC against the New England Patriots made him more biased against Bill Belichick and his team.
Dungy even questioned some of Belichick's time management decisions throughout the game, which had Patriots fans fuming at points.
Other NFL fans questioned the decision-making by NBC to have both the former head coaches in the booth with Tirico in Collinsworth's absence. The response from NFL fans on social media may have NBC rethinking the next time they decide to have the former head coach call a game.
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When was Tony Dungy a head coach in the NFL?
Tony Dungy played college football at the University of Minnesota, where he was a quarterback. He went undrafted but signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers and switched positions to defensive back. He won Super Bowl XIII as a member of the Steelers.
After his playing career, he went into the coaching realm and was a defensive backs coach for both Minnesota and Pittsburgh. After two seasons as the position coach for the Steelers, he was promoted to defensive coordinator, a position he held from 1984-1988.
After then working with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Minnesota Vikings, he was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be the head coach in 1996. After six seasons and a 54-42 record as head coach of the Bucs, the team decided to part ways with him and hired Jon Gruden.
The team made it to the playoffs four times under Dungy but were unable to make it to the Super Bowl. The Buccaneers and Gruden went on to win Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002.
In January 2002, he was hired to be the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. With Peyton Manning at quarterback, the Colts went to the playoffs each season during his tenure.
In the first four seasons, the Colts lost in the Wild Card round once, the divisional series twice, and the championship series once. The Colts finally won the Super Bowl in 2006. Dungy was the head coach throughout the 2008 season. He has since worked with NBC Sports.