Tag:Indianapolis Colts
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:28 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 6:17 pm

Chuck Pagano hired as next Colts coach

By Will Brinson

Chuck Pagano only spent one season as an NFL coordinator with the Ravens, but it was enough to land him a head-coaching gig with the Indianapolis Colts, CBSSports.com Mike Freeman confirmed Wednesday.

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The team since announced the news and will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday.

"It's difficult to leave the Ravens but I couldn't pass up on this great opportunity," Pagano said in a statement released by the team. "I'm just thrilled and so excited."

The news, as first reported by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, means that the Colts have now almost completely re-booted their organization.

Pagano took over as the Ravens defensive coordinator in 2011 when Greg Mattison left to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan. Pagano had previously been the Ravens secondary coach for two years after a season as the University of North Carolina's defensive coordinator under Butch Davis.

It was Davis who gave Pagano his first gig in the NFL, when he left Miami University to become the secondary coach for the Cleveland Browns in 2001.

Pagano becomes the latest in a long line of folks working on the Baltimore defense to leave for a head-coaching gig in the NFL.

He also becomes yet another defensive-minded coach to take over the Colts, coming directly after Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell. Pagano, however, isn't from the "Tampa 2" school, and is likely to shift the defense to a 3-4 style, a la what the Ravens run.

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Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:29 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 12:33 pm

Irsay: Guess Colts coach, win Super Bowl tickets

Indy owner Jim Irsay wants to send you (and a friend!) to Super Bowl XLVI. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Colts owner Jim Irsay has taken time out of his busy schedule of remaking the franchise to offer you, humble NFL fan and Twitter consumer, a chance to win two Super Bowl tickets. All you have to do is correctly guess Indy's next head coach.

Predict new Indianapolis Colts Head Coach, win 2 Super Bowl Tics! 1 guess only, u must guess by midnight tonight EST, Abby's hatpick! GOOD LUCK
1/24/12 7:39 AM

One word of warning, however:

If you predict Rob Lowe, I'll have to hunt you down like a rabid rat in the dark night and tease your kin and soak ur shoes n salted waters!
1/24/12 7:50 AM

We have no idea what that means but it's enough to scare us into not typing "Rob Lowe" ever again. Literally (sorry, you knew that was coming). Alright, a sampling of what the Twitterverse has come up with...

The realistic candidates:

@JimIrsay Chuck Pagano
1/24/12 11:56 AM

@JimIrsay Jim Tressel
1/24/12 11:56 AM

@JimIrsay Brad Childress
1/24/12 11:56 AM

@JimIrsay Pete Carmichael
1/24/12 11:56 AM

@JimIrsay Vic Fangio 49ers DC
1/24/12 11:56 AM

@JimIrsay Mike Zimmer
1/24/12 11:56 AM 

@JimIrsay Brian Billick
1/24/12 11:55 AM

...To the hopeful:

@JimIrsay Any chance it's going to be Bill Cowher?
1/24/12 11:56 AM 

@JimIrsay it's going to be Nick Saban. Make it happen Jim!
1/24/12 11:56 AM

@JimIrsay tony dungy
1/24/12 12:03 PM

...To the ludicrous (interchangeable with "hopeful" above):

@JimIrsay les miles
1/24/12 11:56 AM

@JimIrsay Cam Cameron will be the new head coach!
1/24/12 12:01 PM

@JimIrsay jack del Rio
1/24/12 12:04 PM

@JimIrsay BRUCE ARIANS will be the next COLTS Coach!!! I HOPE !!!
1/24/12 11:55 AM

@JimIrsay I predict you wil hire Payton Manning but i thank you for giving me the chance to vote.
1/24/12 11:55 AM

@JimIrsay My guess is Jon Gruden?
1/24/12 11:55 AM

@JimIrsay Rex Ryan(: LOL
1/24/12 11:54 AM

@JimIrsay Chip Kelly will be the new head coach
1/24/12 12:02 PM

...To the awesome:

@JimIrsay new coach will be Jack Harbaugh
1/24/12 12:02 PM

@JimIrsay Robert Montgomery Knight
1/24/12 11:54 AM

Our vote: Mike Vanderjagt. 

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Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:00 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

No matter what Chris Traeger might tweet, Manning plans on playing football again. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

While one Manning prepares for a Super Bowl, another is just trying to get healthy. Eli is headed to Indianapolis for a Giants-Patriots rematch (even if in name only). Peyton, meanwhile, continues to recover from neck surgery that kept him sidelined for the 2011 season, played no small part in the Colts' 2-14 record, owner Jim Irsay's subsequent housecleaning, and the team's plans to take a quarterback with its well-earned first-overall pick.

Thanks to Rob Lowe, fictional Indiana native, Manning was supposedly retiring. This literally is not true.

Manning spoke Monday with the Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz about what lies ahead and it most certainly involves playing football.

“I never thought `Sodapop Curtis’ would announce my retirement,’’ Manning said, referring to Lowe’s character in the 1983 movie “The Outsiders.’’ “I always thought I would be the one to announce it. I’m a huge fan of the movie, but that caught me way off guard. I can’t explain it. I know (Lowe) is a friend of Jim’s (Irsay), and Jim sounded surprised.’’

Manning said he finally met with new general manager Ryan Grigson, who hinted that his future in Indianapolis will be determined by the owner.

"One thing he (Grigson) kind-of, sort-of told me, without really wanting to tell me, was that Irsay will be the guy I'm going to sit down and talk with. That's going to happen at some point, but we haven't had that conversation yet because we really don't need to have that conversation yet."

Manning is due a $28 million roster bonus the first week of March and whether the Colts decide to give it to him will largely be determined by his health.

"You know I don't like to say something like, 'There’s no way I can play Sunday,' then come out and play Sunday and everybody in the media is writing 'I can’t believe he’s playing,'" Manning told Kravitz. "I'm not into the drama. And I'm not into saying, 'Well, this is it, I sure have enjoyed it.' I'm not into saying goodbye. All I know is I'm still under contract to the Colts. I'm still the quarterback of the Colts That's why I'm in the building every day trying to get healthy."

Manning also lamented that the upheaval in the front office and on the coaching staff has "Everybody walking around on eggshells. I don't recognize our building right now. There's such complete and total change. … I mean, it's 20 degrees, it's snowing, the building is absolutely empty except when you see coaches cleaning out their offices," he said.

"I guess it's the reality of the football world, just not something I've had to deal with very often. But I'm in there every day, so I have to sit there and see it. Everybody's being evaluated and I'm no different. It's not the best environment."

Whatever happens in coming weeks, this much is certain: if the Colts are ready to move on from Manning, there will be plenty of teams interested in his services.

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Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:58 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 3:16 pm

Colts tried to talk with Jay Gruden, Perry Fewell

Indy wanted to talk with Fewell and Gruden but couldn't. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Saturday, Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted that the team expected to hire a coach by "mid 2 late next week." If that's the case, cross two teams off the list: Indy wanted to talk with Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell but couldn't.

According to CBS Sports Charley Casserly, Gruden turned down the Colts offer to interview and Fewell was still coaching and thus unavailable.

"They asked permission to talk to Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden," Casserly reported on The NFL Today. "He declined to interview for the head coaching job with the Colts. They also wanted permission to interview with Perry Fewell, the defensive coordinator of the Giants but they couldn't even ask permission because Fewell is still coaching."

Gruden's decision isn't particularly surprising considering he took his name out of the running for the Jaguars and Rams jobs earlier in the year, but it's a bit odd considering that he'd have his pick of top-tier quarterback to groom for the future, with Irsay already publicly saying that he'd take either Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III with the top pick.

Fewell's a name that's always right there in the running for head coaching positions, but he's never gotten enough push to land a gig. Perhaps this could've been his break, which is a shame.

It still could, if the Colts decide to wait. But it's also going to be tough for Fewell will get enough face time with Irsay and new Colts general manager Ryan Grigson if the Giants win on Sunday.

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Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:54 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 12:08 am

Report: Tressell has interviewed with Colts TWICE

TresselBy Josh Katzowitz

On Friday, my CBSSports.com colleague Ryan Wilson asked the question: “Would the Colts interview Jim Tressel for a coaching job?”

Apparently the answer to that question is yes. Not only that, but it’s a resounding yes.

As WBNS-TV in Columbus is reporting (via the Cleveland Plain Dealer), Tressel already has had two interviews for the chance to replace Jim Caldwell, and the second one occurred Friday when owner Jim Irsay flew to Sarasota, Fla., where Tressel has a home, to talk with the former Ohio State coach.

If Indianapolis was to hire Tressel, it would be a stunning development.

On Thursday, CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman talked to a source about the Colts possibly speaking to Tressel, who worked with the franchise as a game day consultant this season, and that source told him that there is “no way in hell” the franchise would consider it.

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Well, it sounds like Indianapolis is more than considering it.

Already, it’s been reported that the Colts have focused their attention on Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael.

Either way, this decision should be done seven days from now.

Already today, Irsay tweeted that Colts fans can expect a decision on the new coach by late next week. Will that person be Tressel? Somehow, it sounds like it’s most definitely a possibility.

And just as a reminder, this is what I wrotein October:
You wonder about Caldwell’s statement about wanting Tressel to get the hang of how the pro operation works. Does Caldwell eventually want to hire Tressel to be an assistant on his staff? Or what happens if the Colts deem Caldwell expendable after this debacle of a season is complete? Would Tressel be a candidate for the head coaching job?

If so, perhaps Caldwell should cool it on letting Tressel know too many secrets of pro football coaching (if it’s even Caldwell’s call). Otherwise, the guy he’s schooling might be the guy who is soon to replace him.

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Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:13 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2012 10:46 pm

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

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 CBSSports.com'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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Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:27 pm

VIDEO: Animators take on Caldwell, Rob Lowe

By Josh Katzowitz

Because Taiwanese animation videos of NFL storylines never gets old, here’s the latest from NMA visually discussing the firing of Colts coach Jim Caldwell and the role of reporter savant Rob Lowe.

It’s not one of the funniest I’ve seen, but it’s probably worth one minute, six seconds of your time.

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Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:39 pm

Colts looking to interview Jerry Gray, Carmichael

Jerry Gray likely will interview for the Indianapolis job (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

Jerry Gray, the Titans defensive coordinator whose unit was the 18th best this season in yards allowed and eighth-best in points given up, likely will interview to replace Jim Caldwell in Indianapolis. The Tennessean reports the Colts have asked the Titans for permission to talk to Gray.

Gray was the defensive coordinator in Buffalo from 2001-05, and in two of those years (2003, 2004) the Bills were one of the top defensive teams in the league. He then was a secondary coach in Washington for four seasons before moving to Tennessee under coach Mike Munchak.

As a cornerback who played nine years in the NFL, Gray made four Pro Bowls.

“Jerry has a number of qualities that I think are assets for this role: he played the game, he coached a position group and he has coordinating experience,” Munchak said after he hired Gray before last season. “I respected him as a player and coach and he was someone that I knew right away that I wanted to talk to about the position. … He is a great teacher and a great person, and I think the players will respond well to his style.”

And if Gray gets the Indianapolis job, Munchak might be in a bind.

As ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky wrote earlier this month, “While the Titans' defense lacked the pieces to be a consistent unit, it was moving in the right direction in 2011. Players respond to Gray and respect him.

“If he leaves, there is no clear replacement on staff. Linebackers coach Frank Bush had a disastrous term as the Texans coordinator. Senior assistant Dave McGinnis lost his position job to Bush as the staff took shape and has been passed over the last two times the post opened.”

The Colts haven’t just been focusing on Gray, though. As Rapid Reporter Tom James writes, Indianapolis also has asked the Saints for permission to interview offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael. The Raiders also are set to interview Carmichael.

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