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Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:13 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2012 10:46 pm
Former Indy president Bill Polian sits with team consultant Jim Tressel before a game in November. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

The Colts are in the market for a head coach. After cleaning house in recent weeks, team owner Jim Irsay and new general manager Ryan Grigson continue their search for the man who will help return Indianapolis to prominence.

Jim Caldwell was sent packing Tuesday and the names of possible candidates to replace him span the gamut from old-hands to up-and-comers. Our very early list included both: Brad Childress, Marty Mornhinwheg, Wade Phillips and Rod Chudzinski.

The Colts are reportedly interested in talking to Childress, the former Vikings head coach. And Irsay's plane, according to the Indianapolis Star, was in Sarasota, Florida Friday morning before returning to Indianapolis later in the day.

Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, who resigned amid an NCAA investigation in May and joined the Colts as a consultant in September, has a home in the area. Multiple sources expect Tressel to interview for Caldwell's job, though the Star couldn't confirm this.

On Thursday, a Colts source told's Mike Freeman that there was "no way in hell" that the organization was considering Tressel as Caldwell's replacement.

Freeman adds: "The source explained that owner Irsay likes Tressel and does want him to have some sort of role in the organization (a new head coach will have some say in that of course). Which is, well, incredible. If you remember Tressel resigned as Ohio State coach after it was determined the Buckeyes had numerous rules violations under his watch. Ohio State later self-vacated its entire 2010 season."

The three known candidates to be targeted for interviews with the Colts are Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

Whoever ends up as Indy's new coach, the first order of business will be to decide what to do with the team's franchise quarterbacks (the one currently on the roster and the one they will inevitably draft in three months). Peyton Manning has been with the organization since 1998, although he missed the 2011 season with a neck injury. The Colts, fresh off a 2-14 effort without Manning, had won at least 10 games every year from 2002-2010 (including two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl title).

But Manning is due a $28 million roster bonus on March 8 and there's a possibility that the organization could decide to move forward without him. Indianapolis holds the first-overall pick in April's NFL Draft and Irsay has already said that they will select a quarterback regardless of Manning's health.

"With Griffin and with Luck and the way it's shaping up in the top part of the draft, which very likely could go one and two like with Peyton and Ryan Leaf -- it's most likely one of those quarterbacks that you really feel is the best player in the draft, and where we're at moving forward, that you can't pass that up," Irsay told ESPN, per the Star.

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Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:45 am

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Ok, I am a Buckeye fan so I guess I am somewhat biased, but the NFL is not about morals and all that stuff. Jim Tressel may have not told on his players and other things while in the NCAA, but the man knows how to win. Those of you that thinks all he knows is boring conservative football need to go watch some of the Buckeyes games in 2005 and 2006 when he had a stable full of speed. They were basically running the spread with Troy Smith pulling the trigger. Of course when you have Krenzel you are going to play ball control football, and while TP was learning how to throw you use his and Wells legs. You give him the Colts with Peyton or Luck and they win 10 games again.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:54 pm

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Would be better than Caldwell. That's for sure !!!!!
Derek:  This is like saying, "Hitler is less evil than Satan."

It may be true, but that doesn't mean I'd want to have lunch with him.  "He sucks somewhat less than the previous guy" is NOT a good criteria for hiring someone.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 8:56 pm

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?


Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:57 pm

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Great players make great coaches.  Belichick sucked before he got Tom Brady.  Ask the Cleveland Browns and the 2000 Patriots.  George Siefert had great numbers with the 49ers when he had Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jerry Rice etc.  Siefert was a stink bomb at Carolina.  Chuck Noll was 1-13 in his first year and was not the big winner without Terry Bradshaw and the Steel Curtain.

Tony Dungy was thought to be an ultra conservative coach because of the offense at Tampa Bay.  When he got to Indy, he let Peyton Manning do his thing and the Colts had double digit winning seasons every year.  Good coaches build teams around the players, not the other way around.

Tressel may be a lying scum bag and an all around bad guy, but that doesn't mean he won't be a good coach.   If he can get the respect of the players and build a team that can win, he will be relevant again.  While some of his players under achieved at the bowl games, his teams played hard at tOSU.  Tressel was able to win without a pro style quarterback.  Imagine what Tressel could have done with Sam Bradford,  Carson Palmer or Andrew Luck?  If you were a highly touted Qb would you prefer to be in warm weather where you can chuck the ball around the yard 50 times a game or would you prefer to be in the Midwest where it is cold and rainy and may be forced to hand the football off to your 240 lb running back behind your 1400 lb offensive line?

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:17 pm

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Troy Smith made it to two National Title games, and Pryor was not all that bad.


 Troy smith made it to one title game. In 2007 tOSU lost it's top three WR's, RB, QB, some big guns on D and still made the 2007 title game. Todd Boekman, Brian Hartline, Brian Robiskie, and Beanie were the offense from 2007.

Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:02 pm

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Jumping on the grenade in a foxhole does not work at the college level... at the pro level, however - it is what every g'd up athlete wants. Those who say Tressel can't coach or he is to conservative best realize  the tip of the iceberg in Denver is proving conservative can win. He may not be the best or lights out, but the man grew up in the shade of the Paul Brown tree. He would be a fine coach for any team, in any sport.

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:51 pm

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Tressel would be a good hire if the NFL was primarily a run oriented league.  His conservative style served him well in the Big Ten but it would be difficult to make his style work in the NFL.  Since the Rams already signed Fisher, the Colts must see Tressel as the next best thing.

Since: Oct 16, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:28 pm

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Please release Peyton b4 this team goes barreling down the worm hole. He deserves to play for a few years with a contender....Tressel and Irsay deserve each other IMO.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 3:51 pm

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

smchap, you are going to hire a coach with his baggage?  He was not a great recruiter?  He had several top ten teams who reached BCS Bowls every year.  I will give you that he won with Craig Krenzel.  But Clarett was great for that one year, Troy Smith made it to two National Title games, and Pryor was not all that bad.  He also had Beanie Wells and Ted Ginn.  The problem is not just the baggage, but that he is a college coach.  They usually fail in the NFL.  For every Harbaugh, there is Spurrier and Pete Carroll.  I would not hire a coach with his past, especially one who has never coached in the NFL, to become the coach.  Problem for the Colts is there are not great candidates available.  Brad Childress is the most qualified available coach and we all know how his tenure in Minny ended with the "coach killer" at QB.  They'd be fools to hire Tressel.  Who knows.  He may do the same with Luck as he did with Pryor at OSU.  Keep him at his current job but don't hire him as HC and ruin Luck.

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 2:36 pm

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

He already served his suspension he sat out the first 6 games as a colts replay specialits job that he was hired to do

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