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Report: Colts called Jeff Fisher about interest

Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:07 am
Edited on: January 18, 2012 11:36 am
Fisher's only shot in a Colts jersey. (The Tennessean)
By Will Brinson

On Tuesday, the Colts decided to (finally) fire Jim Caldwell as the team's head coach. It was a smart decision by Jim Irsay and new GM Ryan Grigson, but the delay in removing Caldwell form his post was a bit odd.

Although the news, as reported by Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that the Colts called Jeff Fisher and inquired about his availability before Caldwell was fired and before Fisher took the Rams job makes the timing a bit more interesting.

(The Colts also reportedly interviewed Steve Spagnuolo for the position of defensive coordinator on Monday night, before firing Caldwell.)

However, Fisher was "not interested" and turned down the Colts.

This is fascinating because, as we mentioned on the podcast yesterday, it seemed like Fisher could've landed Andrew Luck (or Peyton Manning?) if he'd waited a few days, returned to the weakened AFC South and been handed the keys to a franchise in full rebuild mode.

Perhaps it was too much rebuilding, though, and that could tell us all we need to know about the future of Manning with the Colts: Fisher has to believe he can win now (to a degree) with the Rams.

If he hits a home run with the No. 2 pick, coaches up the defense and gets an offensive coordinator who can bring the best out of Sam Bradford, he probably can.

In Indy, things might not be quite so simple. There's more work to be done and Grigson was already in place, meaning Fisher would have to work with his vision as well.

It's also entirely possible the Colts called, found out he was getting $35 million over five years and considered just hanging up the phone.

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Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:32 pm

Report: Colts called Jeff Fisher about interest

Jim Irsay, yor're pulling a Robert Irsay here. Your kid GM has as much stage and speaking presence as a brick in the parking lot. A few more weeks of this and I bet you that Andrew Luck pulls John Elway II on you.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:14 pm

Report: Colts called Jeff Fisher about interest

The Colts are acting a little like a ship without a rutter.  They can the Polians, hire Grigson, and leave Caldwell in place to conduct job interviews for D Coordinator the day before the firing?  If the Colts REALLY wanted Fisher, the time to can Caldwell and make a run at Fisher was BEFORE he accepted another job.  Must be more behind the scenes, because this type of dysfunction is usually reserved for a few other teams that will remain name-less.  

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:41 am

Report: Colts called Jeff Fisher about interest

If he hits a home run with the No. 2 pick
-If he picks WR Justin Blackmon it will be a HR...IMO outside of Luck he's as close to a can't miss as you can get 

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