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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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Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:00 pm
 

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Blow up the roster and start fresh. Hopefully trade Manning to the highest bidder, unless he retires. Let Mathis and Wayne walk. start building up a young talent pool to grow up around Andrew Luck. The defense has been built on protecting a lead and that might not be the case anymore and as we saw a lot of these guys don't fit into the type of defense they will need to be competitive.



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:57 pm
 

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

pretty bad timing to fire a head coach. Who are they going to hire?  What are they going to do with Manning and the #1 pick?



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:57 pm
 

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Cue the Jim Tressel rumors in 3 2 1 ...



Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:56 pm
 

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

The Payton Manning era is officially coming to an end.  Manning is the last piece to the puzzle and he is about to be shipped out or up to the front office in some capacity.  Caldwell should have known as soon as a gm was hired he was going to get the ax.  GM's want their own coach and if the team is going in another direction then a coaching change in going to happen.  Andrew Luck is coming and Payton is gone.   The bomb is lit and is about to explode.  Say goodbye to most of the veterans as they will be shipped off too.Cool



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:46 pm
 

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

who made the decision to go with Kerry Collins and Curtis Painter and cut Dan Orlovsky in training camp because i would have fired that guy. Peyton made a bad team look good. Collins made a bad team look bad, Painter made a bad team look worse and then they brought back Orlovsky and they didn't look too bad anymore. Make no mistake this is not a good team but they were much worse under Caldwell and they absolutely quit in New Orleans.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:41 pm
 

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

This is absolutely not a black or white issue and it is ridiculous for anyone to mention that.  He took a very good team and turned them in to a 2-14 team.  Yes, Manning was hurt.  But he was clearly not ready with a viable back up for that situation.  Not to mention, there defense went from being very good to being horrible, without really losing anyone.  This is a matter of a head coach banking too much on one player and he lost.  He was completely unprepared for this circumstance and it showed all season.  He deserved to lose his job without a doubt.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:38 pm
 

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

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 .

This says all we really need to know about Caldwell. If there was ever and unnecessary position on the team, being Peyton's "QB" coach was it. He was a Polian puppet. We all knew this was going to happen when Polian got tossed.



Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:30 pm
 

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Another black head coach axed, watch out NFL your going to feel the wrath of the racist Tony Dungy. 



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:25 pm
 

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Dungy, the Irsays, Tom Moore, now Caldwell- gone. The only thing left is for Peyton to move on too. None of the pieces from the glory days are left for the Colts and this should make things easier for a clean slate when Luck gets there. Let the bidding war begin! The Redskins just announced they would be keeping 2012 ticket prices the same as previous years...not if Peyton comes to town.




Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

this is no suprise they played like crap no manning they had no hope


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