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Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:44 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 4:58 pm
Jim Caldwell was fired by the Colts on Monday afternoon. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Colts head coach Jim Caldwell's job appeared safe as recently as Tuesday morning. By Tuesday afternoon, he had been fired.

"This was a difficult decision," owner Jim Irsay said. "I wanted to make sure we took all the time we needed to make sure it was the right decision. ... And just like 14 years, ago, it's a big change for the franchise and at the same time, there's players, coaches, many people on the staff that will go into the new day and get on with the work of 2012."

Caldwell joined the organization in 2002 as the quarterbacks coach before succeeding Tony Dungy as head coach in 2009. In his first year as Dungy's replacement, Indianapolis made it to the Super Bowl, losing to the Saints.

Two years later, and without franchise quarterback Peyton Manning, the Colts went 2-14.

On January 2, shortly after Irsay fired team vice chairman Bill Polian and his son, Chris, the Colts' general manager, he told the media that Caldwell had done some good things this season but that, ultimately, the coach's fate would be decided after a new general manager was hired.

"[Caldwell] could very well be back this year, that is not out of the realm of possibility," the Colts owner said at the time. "Jim and I had a good conversation in terms of the immediate future." 

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Irsay acknowledged that fans would probably like to see a change at head coach but supported Caldwell, calling him "a very bright guy, a great teacher, and a great personnel evaluator who prepares the team well." 

But when you lose 14 of 16 games, there are issues and Irsay recognized those, too. He said defensive coordinator Larry Coyer was a mistake (not a "good match as a Cover 2 guy") and that Caldwell struggled at times with game and clock management. 

Last Wednesday, Ryan Grigson was introduced as Indianapolis' new GM and today the team is looking for a new head coach. Presumably someone comfortable working with two franchise quarterbacks at opposite ends of their careers.

"Change sometimes isn't always the easiest transition to make but it's part of this game, part of this league and part of the direction we need to get going in this new era of Colts football," Grigson said Tuesday.

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Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:35 am

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

IPCCGOREFRAUD.... What does Martin Luther King Day have to do with the firing of a coach? Sooo immature...

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:14 am

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Wow... thought I had seen it all. Someone said Andrew Luck is Ryan Leaf. Ok, so maybe Luck won't be the next Peyton Manning, but I highly doubt he flops as horribly as Ryan Leaf did, both on and off the field.

Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:17 am
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Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:14 am

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

not surprising at all. all gm's want their man to work with. yhese moves are made with fans in mind. when 2-14 happens. somebody has to go. the president has to because he is toloyal to manning and wans to keep him, his sonhas to go just because. it does not matter if wht he is saying makes football sense or not. h is the owner, he can do what he wants. surely tjey cannot pay manning 28 mil and whatever they have to pay luck. so manning has to go. luck will be a rookie, so the question is. how many games willhe win? probably not enough to make the plyoffs. 

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:14 am

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

This guy had no business as an NFL head coach in the first place. The only reason he was hired was that he was Dungy's boy and at the time he stepped down Dungy had a ton of good will built up in Indy. He wouldn't have been a serious candidate for any other job. His only head coaching experience was at Wake Forest and was not particularly successful. He was a position coach for 8 years before becoming a head coach skipping the important step of being a coordinator. Caldwell was able to get by for a few years (despite underacheiving) with Manning and company running the offense and a defense with some talent but was totally exposed this season when the QB was gone.

It also would have been akward starting the new Luck regime with a holdover head coach. They need to bring in a new guy with new ideas. I know it's sad, but it's time for Indy to move on and start over.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:33 am

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

 I don't think the Colts ever wanted to have him as the Head coach, I think the believed they had no choice.  It seems like this happens with Black coaches because they are afraid of the NFL wrath.  I'm not anti black coaches, because he replaced one of the best coaches ever.  He is just a better position coach.  See Childress, Rhodes, Ryan, Spagnuola, Singletary, Sparano, and the list goes on.  It's not a race thing, some are not cut out to be head coaches.  No shame in that, do what you do best and enjoy it.  Caldwell will have a good job before next season starts, and probably be happier.  Good luck to ya!

Since: Jun 29, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:27 am

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

I -- JUST -- wrote about this on my blog page - colts fans check it out!

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:20 am

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Caldwell was exposed for the paper tiger that he is.  Peyton Manning covered up his lack of ability to lead a team.  Poor game time coach - might make a good assistant somewhere.

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:16 am

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Does Luck have an attitude problem or something?  I haven't heard that.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:24 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

as for peyton.. promote him to the front office, coaching staff OR trade him to the highest bidder (sucker) you know there are some desperate teams out there willing to overpay for manning, e.g., cleveland, washington, seattle, ny jets, etc., the TEAM has too many holes to fill to draft Luck No. 1 then promptly sit him on the bench. Good "Luck" to peyton, where ever he may wind up.
Peyton Manning is the best quarterback in the NFL. Andrew Luck is Ryan Leaf.

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