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Tony Dungy on Patriots signing Antonio Brown: "I think it sends the wrong message"

Tony Dungy on Patriots signing Antonio Brown: "I think it sends the wrong message"

The Patriots made a significant upgrade at wide receiver in signing Antonio Brown, but the move hasn't been devoid of criticism. 

Brown, who has forced his way out of two organizations in less than a year, isn't exactly the kind of player people want to see rewarded with a spot on a perennial contender like the Patriots. 

Former Buccaneers and Colts head coach Tony Dungy offered his thoughts on the Patriots' blockbuster signing, and it's safe to say he was disappointed in New England. 

"I coached 13 years, and every year my first message to the team was, ‘We want to win the Super Bowl, yes, we want to be talented, but we have to be role models’," Dungy said.  "These kids in our country look up to NFL players and coaches, and I really think this sent the wrong message."

It will be up to the Patriots to absorb Brown into their locker room and teach him the Patriot Way. The Steelers and the Raiders couldn't make it work where his talent outweighed his off-field antics, but if there's one team in the NFL that can, it's New England. The question is, should Brown even get the chance to play this season for the way he's acted?

"I know coaches want to win but I’m disappointed in Robert Kraft," Dungy said. "I think at some point you say, ‘Just as an organization, we're not going to do this.'"

Dungy seems convinced the Patriots are setting a bad example choosing talent over everything in this case. Whether he's right or not, winning tends to heal all wounds, and the Patriots sure do know how to do that no matter who's on their roster. 

Watch Dungy's full response to the Brown signing below:

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Tony Dungy offers theory behind Patriots' unorthodox N'Keal Harry pick

Tony Dungy offers theory behind Patriots' unorthodox N'Keal Harry pick

The only predictable thing about the New England Patriots at the NFL Draft is their unpredictability.

The 2019 draft brought another surprise twist, as New England snagged N'Keal Harry at No. 32 overall to make the Arizona State product their first wide receiver taken in the first round since Terry Glenn in 1996.

So, what prompted Bill Belichick to do something he's never done before? NBC NFL analyst and former head coach Tony Dungy joined this week's edition of the Michael Holley Podcast to offer his theory.

"I think that speaks a little bit to the game, the way it's going," Dungy told Holley of the Patriots' decision to draft Harry. "Receivers can make such a difference now. The rules are tailored to the passing game.

"I think you see Bill Belichick saying, 'Tom Brady's coming down -- we don't know when the end is gonna be, but I'm not gonna have Tom forever. So, let me make sure I get some weapons for him, and let's get somebody who can stretch the field and make some things happen in the passing game.' "

The Patriots also drafted a skill player in the first round last year (running back Sony Michel), so it does appear Belichick is placing a higher premium on early-round offensive talent in the draft as Brady enters his age-42 season.

"I think you're seeing a little bit of a shift in, 'Let's make sure we've got Tom enough to work with," Dungy added.

Check out Dungy's full conversation with Holley below; the Harry discussion comes at the 13:58 mark.

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Michael Holley Podcast: Tony Dungy on N'Keal Harry, Tyreek Hill and more

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Michael Holley Podcast: Tony Dungy on N'Keal Harry, Tyreek Hill and more

The former coach turned NFL on NBC analyst touches on a number of topics with Michael Holley, including the Patriots' draft and Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill's off-the-field trouble.

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0:55 - On his ten years in broadcasting.

1:19 - Recalling the Colts' 2006 AFC Championship Game comeback vs the Patriots and thoughts on the Pats-Colts rivalry. 

3:35 - Working with Rodney Harrison at NBC 

5:21 - Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning

6:39 - Recalling a story about Reggie Wayne and his commitment to team

8:27 - What's the biggest change in the NFL since he retired from coaching?

11:00 - Who's the best team in the NFL?

12:25 - Thoughts on the Cardinals and Raiders moves in last weekend's draft

13:58 - Thoughts on the Patriots draft and wide receiver N'Keal Harry, New England's top pick from Arizona State.

14:45 - How he would handle the Tyreek Hill situation?

17:57 - His role in the "Kingdom Men Rising" documentary

20:15 - Football and faith

25:37 - Who is the best coach in NFL history? And the best player?

27:03 - The best concert he's ever seen?

29:01 - The best book he's read lately?

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