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Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 01/05/2012

Tony Dungy would take Robert Griffin III over Andrew Luck

Tony Dungy likes RGIII’s mobility. He didn’t mention his socks. (Jeff Zelevansky / Getty Images)
If Tony Dungy were still coaching the Indianapolis Colts — and he isn’t; he thinks Jim Caldwell will still be holding that job in September — he’d take Robert Griffin III over Andrew Luck with the first pick in the NFL Draft.

What passes for conventional “wisdom” among pundits who observe the NFL has had Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck a lock for the No. 1 pick. Dungy, though, thinks RGIII, the Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor who has yet to announce his draft plans, brings more to the game. On Dan Patrick’s radio show, he said he is “not sure you have to have the can't-miss guy.” He admits he’d take Aaron Rodgers over Tom Brady and Drew Brees because of “the pressure he puts on defenses with his running ability.”

“I like those mobile guys,” Dungy told Patrick, saying he thinks they supply an “extra dimension....they are intriguing to me...I like Robert Griffin.”

Over Luck, Patrick asked?

“I do. As I say, just watching him play a couple of games, not studying it every throw and every play.”

There was an eye-popping change with the franchise earlier this week, when owner Jim Irsay fired Bill Polian and his son Chris, the team’s general manager. As for the future of the Colts’ coach, Dungy said, “I think Jim Caldwell is going to be the head coach next year.”

As for the future of Peyton Manning with the Colts, Dungy said: “It all really depends on how Peyton comes along in the next few weeks and how the rehab goes,” Dungy said.

Dungy, however, said that if Peyton can go, there’s no question which direction they’ll go. “If he’s cleared to play, he’s going to be the quarterback of the Colts,” Dungy said. “It’s going to be just like the Aaron Rodgers deal [in Green Bay].”


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