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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: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:01 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

He should have been the first coach to be let go.  Colt fans got ripped off this season.  OK, Peyton was a hugh part of the team to lose, but what about everyone else, especially the defense?  Seems like Cadwell couldn't ralley his team to look past that setback and play competitive football.  Colts are no where near as bad as their record indicated.

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:00 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

How does this qualify as Breaking News?

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:53 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

WE ALL saw this coming.  You don't fire a GM and expect the Head Coach to stick around unless he is in like "Flint" with the owner(s). 

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:52 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

If Peyton Manning's neck does not heal to the point where he can play football again, he should be hired as the head coach.

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:52 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Hilarious reading on the Colt's blog site how shocked everyone is..... lol... what did they THINK was going to happen to a coach who went 2-14?

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:52 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Caldwell won't toe the line on Peyton. He wants to stay with Peyton and Irsay wants to push his Luck.

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