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Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:00 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 2:02 pm
Coyer is out as defensive coordinator, Orlovsky is in at quarterback. (Getty Images/AP)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's been a busy day in the AFC South. The Jaguars fired head coach Jack Del Rio this morning, and by lunchtime, the Colts announced that they had relieved defensive coordinator Larry Coyer of his duties. Because, really, the defense was the primary reason the team is off to an 0-11 start.

“The move was made to improve communication and production,” Head Coach Jim Caldwell, via the team's web site. “We feel this is the most effective and realistic way to move forward and win games this season. We appreciate all of the effort and hard work Larry Coyer put forth in his three years with the Colts.”

We suspect that owner Jim Irsay will be issuing similar comments after the season when we learn that Caldwell has suffered the same fate as Coyer. For now, he's still in charge of a team that has a realistic chance to go winless in 2011.

Linebackers coach Mike Murphy has been assigned to replace Coyer.

In other Colts-related news, Caldwell has announced a new starting quarterback.

“Dan Orlovsky will (start this week at New England),” he said. “He’s been working at it and getting himself ready. … I think he’s a guy that certainly is comfortable within the framework of the system. I think he is a guy that’s also been around the league a while. He’s able to adjust and adapt to different systemic problems that you may have or see from a defense. He can adjust to those very easily. He has a nice, strong arm. We’re anticipating he’s going to be accurate as well, that’s key. The big is, obviously, to stay away from turnovers. He’s got to play smart and not scared."

It seems like a great opportunity for Orlovsky, who's probably best known for running unprovoked out of the back of the end zone when he played for the Lions during the 2008 season (Detroit, incidentally, went 0-16 that year). But the Colts' schedule shapes up like this the next two weeks: at New England, at Baltimore. If he survives that, Indy closes out against Tennessee, Houston and at Jacksonville.

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Since: Jul 25, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:31 pm

Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

Again someone loses their job when i all honesty wa sit really his fault. Did Larry Coyer go three and out on 4 straight series. Di Larry Coyer thro the pick or fumble putting the defense back on the filed right away. i am tired of teams firning guys that arent the whole problem. Why isnt the ofeense coordinator fired. What the hell kinda product is he putting out there week in and week out. How about the head coach doesnt he have a say so in the game plan. He can intervene at any time.

Do colts fans and the frony office really beleive that Larry coyer wa sthe one who had to go WOW. How ironic is it taht you fire the coordinator on defense and promote a QB on offense. Its despicable. Great job colts FO.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:05 pm

Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

Colts fans - I feel for you. Truly. As a lifelong Browns fan I do not understanding dysfunction, ineptness, masquerading or diagnostic disasters at the coaching level, GM level or above. I am sorry to see the problems you have to endure.

Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:37 pm

Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

It must feel terrible getting fired by a lame duck coach. He can't keep his offence on the field for more than 3 plays at a time and now you're fired! The end of the season can't come soon enough for the Colts.   

If it workouts the way Irsay wants it to; they go from one of the greatest QB's to another potential great one. Let's face it, if Irsay fires the coach that deserves it, they might win a few games and take themselves out of contention for the #1 pick.

Irsay's sitting back and letting the lame duck make the calls because don't forget, it's only 6 weeks to go until duck hunting season starts.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:23 pm

Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

What's sad is that the Colts will be rewarded for their incompetence by getting Luck. They let their team revolve around one player, and when he goes down they did nothing to replace him. For this, they get possibly the best QB prospect in a decade? It sickens me.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:20 pm

Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

They'll start winning at the end of the season so people don't claim they tanked the year for Luck (who will bust probably).  The Rams are just as bad but they already have Bradford.  Everyone else has either already won 3 games or will probably win at least that many this season.  The Colts have considerable room to win games and still finish with the #1 pick.

Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:13 pm

Colts fire DC Coyer, promote QB Orlovsky

Peyton should have given up some of that too much salaryso they could have had a decent backup. Needless to say Painter was awful.I would have rather have taken a chance on a rookie rather than Painter. Payback for greed. 0-16. WINLESS. FUNNY.

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