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If Colts go 0-16, Jim Caldwell's likely fired

Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:19 pm
Hardly shocking, we know, but 0-16 could mean curtains for Jim Caldwell in Indy. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

In the immortal words of Joe Theismann, you don't have to be Norman Einstein to know that Colts head coach Jim Caldwell isn't long for Indianapolis. Never mind that he was hand-picked by Tony Dungy, he's 24-8 in his previous two seasons, including a Super Bowl appearance in 2009.

The reality is this: Indianapolis is 0-13 and there's a reasonable expectation that by the time it's over, they'll be 0-16. Not having Peyton Manning has almost everything to do with the Colts' predicament. And that only makes things worse for Caldwell; if Indy's success hinges on Manning's health -- not Caldwell's ability to coach without one of his best players -- why keep him around?

Which is why, barring a miracle only Tim Tebow could deliver, Caldwell will be looking for work on or about January 1.

During his weekly Monday night radio show, team president Bill Polian admitted that, "I bear a lot of responsibility for what happened here and it weights heavily on me. It breaks my heart that there are good players and good coaches who are going through an awful time because we didn't build a strong enough football team."

But he also hinted that, ultimately, Caldwell could be held responsible.

"My fervent hope is that Jim's job is not in jeopardy because my fervent hope is that we don't go 0-16," he said, according to Rapid Reporter Tom James. "And we're doing everything we can to try and avoid that."

On Wednesday, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora pretty much confirmed through sources what Polian intimated Monday. "…Unequivocally, an 0-16 finish by the Colts will cost Caldwell his job."

The possible follow-up question from some Colts fans: "Hey, Bill, what about you and (your son, Colts general manager) Chris?"

After all, a series of poor personnel decisions played a non-trivial role in Indy's current plight. (Forget Polian's recent admission that "we were getting ready to draft" T.J. Yates -- just take a look at the team's first-round picks from '05 to '10.)

A month ago, back when Indy was just 0-8, owner Jim Irsay said this about the Polian's future.

“I’m committed. In [the Polian's] defense, it’s pretty radical after the successes we’ve had to start even talking about the question, in my opinion. If this is five or six years or losing; you’re talking about eight weeks. The great things we’ve done, there has been a tilted sort of perception when you win so much that it’s disappointing."

Irsay was less certain about Caldwell.

“When it comes to changes and Jim’s status and that sort of thing, it’s something that eight games going forward, more will be revealed," the Colts owner said on November 4, according to the Indianapolis Star. "This situation is always changing. But it’s really going to be always what’s best to give us a chance to win. I don’t have any predictions or any votes of confidence or anything like that. I don’t have any non-votes of confidence. At this point, continuity is a good thing if it makes sense in terms of winning.”

Let's see: the Colts are 0-13 and their starting quarterback is Dan Orlovsky, the guy who was 0-7 as a starter with the Lions in 2008 (that team went 0-16), and is currently 0-2 in that role in Indy. Pretty sure continuity would be a bad thing. And who knows, when the Colts draft Andrew Luck, that thinking could extend to Manning, too.

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Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:27 pm
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Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:29 pm

If Colts go 0-16, Jim Caldwell's likely fired

That's a nice way to say that Caldwell is going to be fired.  A record of 0-16 will guarantee joblessness for Caldwell, but how can the Colts keep him after an 0-13 start?  He looks overwhelmed and lost out there.  He fails to exude the confidence every good leader needs to keep a leaking ship from sinking.  This team has rolled over and is looking to a merciful end to this season.

There is too much on talent on this team to be winless.  When the Patriots lost Tom Brady, they still won 11 games.  This may be a blessing in disguise for Peyton Manning because he probably would have suffered a career ending injury or worse, death, behind that horrible offensive line.  On the other hand, does P. Manning want to be part of a massive rebuilding project?  He could handle it 1998 when he was younger; however, now he should think of being able to walk or think after he retires.  Another neck injury could turn him into a drooling quadriplegic.

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:20 pm

If Colts go 0-16, Jim Caldwell's likely fired

I don't know...isn't Caldwell doing the Colts a favor? He's helped the fact that Andrew Luck will be drafted by the Colts as the number 1 pick. Hell...give the guy a raise and an extension.

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:27 pm

If Colts go 0-16, Jim Caldwell's likely fired

Never mind that he was hand-picked by Tony Dungy, he's 24-8 in his previous two seasons, including a Super Bowl appearance in 2009.
Correction, Peyton Manning was 24-8 in the previous two seasons, including a Super Bowl appearance in 2009. If it wasn't clear before, I don't know how clear it can be now: Manning is the Colts. Caldwell couldn't coach his way out of a Pee Wee league. Regardless of whether Indy goes 0-16 or not, I don't really think it's even a question as to whether Caldwell keeps his job...

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