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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: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:18 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

if you're aaaaaaaa less say a certain type of coach. you want last long in the nfl if you don't win..........

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:15 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Look, another lie by an Irsay.  What a surprise.  Not that Caldwell deserved a HC job.

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:11 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Al Sharpton is going to be pissed about this move.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:09 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

No offense to Jim Caldwell, who is by all accounts a nice guy across the board, but his tenure shined more of a negative light on Polian's tenure than his own. Caldwell was never a true head coach. He was the safe, easy choice that would keep the boat from wobbling. Along with Tom Moore, the offense was always Peyton Manning's. And Jim Caldwell was an offensive coach -- he was a QB and WR coach throughout his career. It was never very intelligent to hire him to begin with other than his personality was a nice segue from Dungy. They should have left the offense in Manning and Moore's hands and turned the team over to a coach who knew defense. 

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:09 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

It was just a matter of time... Caldwell couldn't coach his way out of a CFL team let alone a franchise like the Colts. Manning was the only reason this team ever won anything; it's not coincidental that the first time Manning doesn't play, the Colts win only two games. Good luck in the unemployment line, Caldwell.

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:07 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

It seems like the right move but Im glad that Irsay hired the GM before he decided to fire the coach.  The GM should have his choice.  It's the right way to do things.  I was a little concerned when ESPN was reporting that he was going to stay.  Makes me wonder about the fate of Peyton now.  A new coach usually means a new philosophy.  Unless they hire somebody from within, this could be a clash with how Peyton is used to doing things and at 36 years of age, I don't see him changing.

Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:06 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

I'll take the head coaching job. Look me up Colts. 100,000 a year is all i want.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:05 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Do you have any clue on the number of injuries they had on the defense ?

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:02 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

<em>Jim Tressel the next Colts coach ?</em><br />

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:01 pm

No sh1t Sherlock

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