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Casserly: 'Strong sentiment' for Caldwell return

Posted on: January 1, 2012 12:47 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2012 1:09 pm
Caldwell appreciates the Colts trying to save his gig. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

There's a lot of chatter about potential coaching changes around the NFL, with Black Monday looming in less than 24 hours. Jim Caldwell of the Colts, Norv Turner of the Chargers, Andy Reid of the Eagles and Steve Spanguolo of the Rams are all considered on the proverbial hot seat.

The Giants Tom Coughlin is much-maligned in New York too, but CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported on Sunday that Coughlin's gig is safe ("he will be back") regardless of whether or not the Giants make the playoffs this season.

Casserly also broke down the status for the other guys -- Reid is the safest of the bunch by far.

"I expect Andy Reid to be back as head coach of the Eagles next year," Casserly reported on The NFL Today. "As far as defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, as of yesterday, no decision had been made. However, it is Andy Reid's total decision."

That could make for an interesting in-house argument in Philly. So could Caldwell's status as head coach, according to Casserly.

"There's strong sentiment in the building to bring him back because of how hard the Colts have played this year," Casserly told James Brown.

That's pretty shocking. The Colts have won two games in a row and are looking for three against Jacksonville but even the late-season run seemed like a classic case of too little, too late. Apparently Caldwell's still got a shot at saving his gig, which would be ironic, considering he'd probably have to lose out on Andrew Luck to do so.

Not having a shot? Spags and Norv, according to Casserly.

"I do not expect [Turner] to be back as head coach [of the Chargers], however, I look for him to get many opportunities as an offensive coordinator in the league," Casserly said.

One of those spots could be with the Jets, as we noted earlier when talking about Rex Ryan's candle-lighting that Norv's a candidate to replace Brian Schottenheimer, depending on how the dominos Sunday.

Spags is in a similar boat, Casserly reported, as he'll be out as head coach and chased by several teams as a coordinator.

"In St. Louis, expect changes to be made and Steve Spagnuolo to be out as head coach," Casserly said Sunday. "However, he will be a highly sought-after defensive coordinator next year."

To sum up: heads are going to roll in the offseason (just like every year). The question is just how many.

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Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:29 pm

Casserly: 'Strong sentiment' for Caldwell return

Well, the Polians are gone.  That was one thing that needed to happen.  I still don't know why they have not announced Caldwell's firing.  They need to hurry up before they lose out on some good coaches.  As soon as they do, it will be good riddance to that glorified prevent defense.  With the Polians gone, I hope we don't have to worry about the Colts drafting any more 5-9 DB's.

Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:48 am

Casserly: 'Strong sentiment' for Caldwell return

With Bill Cowher, Jeff Fisher, and Tony Dungy possibly getting bored away frohm the sidelines, an oppurtunity to go from the worst quarterback situation to the best quarerback controversy(?), I cannot imagine, Caldwell, who looked more like Isaiah Thomas than Dungy staying around.  The only Colt that should go before Caldwell is Curtris Painter.

Can they bounce back next year?  It depends on how many of the injured players besides Manning, come back, specifically Gary Brackett, Melvin Bullitt, Neivis, and Ajala.  Put Brackett on the strong side, and leave Pat Angerer (who should go to the Pro Bowl) in the middle.  After taking Luck at one, draft a enter/guard to be the Heir Apparrent to Jeff Saturday.

Caldewell a motivaor?  Maybe we should ask Dallas Clark, who spent the season sleepwalking.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:47 am

Casserly: 'Strong sentiment' for Caldwell return

Fire Uncle Tom Caldwell and Leslie Frazier, they both suck!

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 1:53 am

Casserly: 'Strong sentiment' for Caldwell return

They HAVE to fire Caldwell, how could they possibly not? Yes he was outcoached in the super bowl. Yes Peyton Manning leads the team. AND YES he really is just staring out into space during every single game...

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:42 am

Casserly: 'Strong sentiment' for Caldwell return

AR will be back in philly. what he does with the D coach will be huge. I believe they will seek out an experienced guy, if they can't land one then they may stick with him which is a very real possibilty. If not for making Nfl history with the whole blown leads thing, the eagles are playing next week. the eagles are the best team in the division, but they just were not able to finish some games outside of it. Heck that lose to the gaints the eagles were winning that game even. I expect reid to target the weakness at Lb and go from there. eagles could use saftey help but if they can shore up the run D issues then everything else should fall into place. 

Although i would like them both to stay Asaante or Djax is gone in 2012. Of the two I hope jax is still here. he is still really young and has big time talent he  just needs to lock back in. Eagles will probably tag him and he'll be playing for another payday. The core on offense is young save for Vick, so I hope the FO tries to keep it intact. Really the birds should be thinking Defense this whole off season because even with all the miscues on offense, It was the D that really really cost this team. I mean letting the cards march down feild for the winning score about says it all for the eagles d in 2012.

Eagles will be back for blood this season!!!!!!!

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:35 am

Casserly: 'Strong sentiment' for Caldwell return

Caldwell needs to go.

Sean Payton coached circles around him in the superbowl.  Caldwell was way too passive and coached not to lose.

I would think an 0-13 start this year would be enough for him to get canned.  Huge mistake by the organization to let him keep coaching.

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2012 11:04 pm

Casserly: 'Strong sentiment' for Caldwell return

ANDY RIED NEEDS TO BE FIRED... I mean if the decision is totally his regarding the D-Coordinator, do you really think he will get rid of the guy who he hired that changed the side of the ball?? I dont think so.  His time is up, was good while he was there but it's time for a change, that is if the Ownership is really looking to win a Chip.  Would be good if the damn owner could be fired too, I'm tired as hell rooting for this team and it only seems that they are happy just making the playoffs and not really concerned about winning a chip.  Well you brought in all these FA's, Ried stubborness about Linebackers, switching an O-Line coach to D-Coordinator, etc he has too much damn control and hasnt won a damn thing.  Jeff Lurie wake the hell up and do the fans of Philly some justice, fire Andy Ried and bring Cowher in to coach this team.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:00 pm

Casserly: 'Strong sentiment' for Caldwell return

Not firing Caldwell is maybe one of the worst decisions I have ever seen. I think mist coaches get canned too fast, but this guy should be gone. No way that team should have been that bad this year.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2012 9:56 pm
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Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2012 9:27 pm

Casserly: 'Strong sentiment' for Caldwell return

Caldwell?  Seriously?  That guy is a terrible coach.  I don't care how nice he is.  His game plans are terrible.  He is conservative for the sake of being conservative and he just has no idea how to overcome difficulties.  This team proved they could beat decent teams when they beat the Titans and Texans in consecutive weeks.  This proved to me without a doubt that there was no excuse for the 2-14 record.  Caldwell's early "successess"  where a product of Manning and nothing else much as the way Manning made Dungy look better than he really was.  Adversity hit this team and Caldwell fell apart.  Send him packing and bring on a real coach.  I cannot imagine for a minute that anyone that understands the first thing about pro football really believes Cadwell is a top notch coach.   He is just a bad match for Indy no matter how much the players like him as a person.  He has to go.

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