Indianapolis Colts first-year head coach Jim Caldwell is still close to Tony Dungy, the man who hired Caldwell as his quarterbacks coach in what would be Dungy's final season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001 and brought him to Indianapolis when that franchise hired Dungy as the head coach.
Caldwell said he communicates with Dungy about once a week via text message. Sometimes they talk about football, but they also talk about non-football topics, Caldwell said.
"I use him as a sounding board," Caldwell said. "It may be a bit arrogant if I didn't. I'm not certain I'd be very smart if I didn't. So yes, we do communicate and talk from time to time."
Caldwell, who is as reserved and straighforward as Dungy is, said he learned a lot about himself during his time with Dungy.
"I told him that I used to think that I had poise until I met him," Caldwell said. "I used to think I had a sense of self-control until I met him. I used to think that I was somewhat unflappable until I met him. So there are a lot of things that he does that there is no way I can emulate because that's just not my character. But there are some things that come very naturally to me. But the biggest thing overall that I learned from him is the one thing that he told me one day is that in terms of making decisions and et cetera, it's not about me. Oftentimes, I think – and I've said this before – head coaches try to draw a line in the sand sometimes, and you pound on the podium and sort of demonstrate your control with certain actions. He never wanted to step out into the spotlight where it became about him. It was all about the team, and I think I've tried to keep that going. I think some of that is natural for me because I don't seek publicity or anything of that nature. Not that I'm not comfortable with it. I just think that there are more important things going on around here than what I do. I think it's the guys who play this game that make the difference."