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Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:00 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 2:02 pm
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Coyer is out as defensive coordinator, Orlovsky is in at quarterback. (Getty Images/AP)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's been a busy day in the AFC South. The Jaguars fired head coach Jack Del Rio this morning, and by lunchtime, the Colts announced that they had relieved defensive coordinator Larry Coyer of his duties. Because, really, the defense was the primary reason the team is off to an 0-11 start.

“The move was made to improve communication and production,” Head Coach Jim Caldwell, via the team's web site. “We feel this is the most effective and realistic way to move forward and win games this season. We appreciate all of the effort and hard work Larry Coyer put forth in his three years with the Colts.”

We suspect that owner Jim Irsay will be issuing similar comments after the season when we learn that Caldwell has suffered the same fate as Coyer. For now, he's still in charge of a team that has a realistic chance to go winless in 2011.

Linebackers coach Mike Murphy has been assigned to replace Coyer.

In other Colts-related news, Caldwell has announced a new starting quarterback.

“Dan Orlovsky will (start this week at New England),” he said. “He’s been working at it and getting himself ready. … I think he’s a guy that certainly is comfortable within the framework of the system. I think he is a guy that’s also been around the league a while. He’s able to adjust and adapt to different systemic problems that you may have or see from a defense. He can adjust to those very easily. He has a nice, strong arm. We’re anticipating he’s going to be accurate as well, that’s key. The big is, obviously, to stay away from turnovers. He’s got to play smart and not scared."

It seems like a great opportunity for Orlovsky, who's probably best known for running unprovoked out of the back of the end zone when he played for the Lions during the 2008 season (Detroit, incidentally, went 0-16 that year). But the Colts' schedule shapes up like this the next two weeks: at New England, at Baltimore. If he survives that, Indy closes out against Tennessee, Houston and at Jacksonville.

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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

This move came YEARS too late...



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

Can someone tell me why the Colts didn't try to pick-up Carson Palmer?  We can talk about NE succeeding (mostly) for a season w/ Cassel.  But more impressive to me is how a rebuilding Raider team was looking good w/ their original starting QB, he gets hurt, they pick up Palmer, and except for Palmer's shaky first week, they haven't missed a beat.  And oh, by the way, they lost their starting stud RB, too.

If the Colts were a serious fanchise that was genuinely interested in building some sort of lasting legacy, then why not try to try to grab Palmer?  Yes, it is 20/20 hindsight now, but Kerry Collins was never that great.  When he was at his best, he was servicable, but not great.  Palmer at least showed signs of real tallent, amidts all the reality show fodder that was the Bengals receiving corps.



Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

When a team has no offensive capability, it puts enormous pressure on the defense. Firing Coyer was about like firing the plumber because the kids left the water running in the tub. When a team goes from perennial playoff participant to winless with the loss of one player, it makes you wonder if Peyton Manning is that good, or if the coaching is that bad.  Colts should hire Peyton as a player/coach and solve their problems............



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:29 am
 

Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

To the people who pointed to the Patriots when they lost Brady and Cassel stepped up-- get real!  The difference between Brady and Cassel was a helluva lot less than the difference between Manning and Painter.  That's not any disrespect to Brady-- I think he's the best that's ever played the position.  But Painter never ran a big time offense in college and wasn't a big time draft pick-- remember the guy went 201st overall in '09.  You can't have honestly thought he'd win more than a couple of games in his first real exposure to starting regularly in the NFL after sitting behind a QB in Manning who does a ton of things on instinct when he takes the field.  Good luck getting him to school up a QB in Painter who's never seen anything like the Indy offense until he got to their film room.  I would have been amazed if Painter won 3 games the whole season.

Cassel had only one year of actual playing experience at USC. He sat behind Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart at USC and didn't start until his senior year. And then he sat behind Tom Brady at New England. It's not like Cassel played a ton of college ball.




Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:25 am
 

Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

Talk about mailing it in for 0-16 & Andrew Luck.  Poor Orlovsky will be known as "Losing QB" with his resume.  Im` sure the NFL is thrilled to see the recent tv darling Colts now as putrid as the Lions were.  All the bandwagon Dolt fans and season ticket holders are probably all dreaming that Andrew Luck will be Peyton II or better...keep dreaming is my warning.  Shame on you Dolts for sucking for Luck!



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:30 am
 

Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

The Colts franchise except for drafting Peyton Manning is a joke and a disgrace and an embarrasment. They were a horrible franchise before Peyton and they will return to such after Peyton. The drafting has been abysmal and the coaching has been worse. The front office completely failed when they didn't realize that they needed a halfway decent backup qb. Nobody who saw Curtis Painter play at the end of the year thought he was in any way an NFL quality qb, even as a backup. They rolled the dice that they wouldn't need him and then they needed him big time and he showed he wasn't the guy. Then they compound the problem by signing Kerry Collins and starting him without hardly any practice. That sent a message to the team that this year is a bust.

Just as the went with an unqualified backup qb, they also went with an unqualified head coach. They thought they would just plug in a cheap replacement for Dungy and Peyton would continue to coach the team from the field. Caldwell has shown that he has no clue without his coach on the field. Here in Denver we have won games with a qb who can't throw and the Colts can't win one game.

Colts fans need to remember the good times because they aren't coming back.


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Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:24 am
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Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:36 am
 

Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

1 more thing the difference between the colts losing manning and brady going down was cassell did not commit turnovers, and the patriot D forced them. the colts get no sacks, no fumbles and no picks. coyer refused to blitz and always played a soft zone. and the D got picked apart.



Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:33 am
 

Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

say what u will about the D being affected by lack of offense, i agree, but also coyer has not made 1 adjustment in 3 years. he's played the system to a fault. have any of you see this team tackle or cover..they cant. i will expect to see all new coaches from caldwell, christiansen, and whoever the special teams coach is be replaced.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:33 am
 

Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

Hang on, folks.  We've got a couple of issues going on in Indianapolis and some of you are lumping them together as if there's a direct connection.

First, Larry Coyer needed to go.  Clearly his defense hasn't done squat the last few seasons with him at the helm.  During his first season in 2009, the Colt defense was 17th in yards allowed and 8th in points allowed.  An extremely respectable set of stats.  But it's been downhill ever since.  In 2010 the Colts were 20th in yards allowed and 23rd in points allowed.  Through 11 games this year, the Colts were 29th in yards allowed and dead last in points allowed.  This just sucks.  Now, if you want to argue that he hasn't gotten much help from the front office in getting bodies that can make plays on the defensive side of the ball, I don't think that's completely accurate.  In '09 the Colts drafted two DTs and a CB in eight picks.  However, in 2010 the team made six of eight picks on the defensive side-- a DE, DT, 2 LBs and 2 DBs.  Finally in 2011 with only five picks, the team picked up another DL and one more DB.  Add that to already having Freeney and Mathis on board and Larry Coyer should have had more than enough to build a defense that was, at the very least, middle of the pack in the NFL.  I'm not asking him to make the Steel Curtain reincarnate -- but a team ranked somewhere 15th-20th would have almost been acceptable.  His defense was dead last where it counted most-- giving up points.  Here's your check, thanks for playing, Mr. Coyer.

To the people who pointed to the Patriots when they lost Brady and Cassel stepped up-- get real!  The difference between Brady and Cassel was a helluva lot less than the difference between Manning and Painter.  That's not any disrespect to Brady-- I think he's the best that's ever played the position.  But Painter never ran a big time offense in college and wasn't a big time draft pick-- remember the guy went 201st overall in '09.  You can't have honestly thought he'd win more than a couple of games in his first real exposure to starting regularly in the NFL after sitting behind a QB in Manning who does a ton of things on instinct when he takes the field.  Good luck getting him to school up a QB in Painter who's never seen anything like the Indy offense until he got to their film room.  I would have been amazed if Painter won 3 games the whole season.


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