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Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:44 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 4:58 pm
Jim Caldwell was fired by the Colts on Monday afternoon. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Colts head coach Jim Caldwell's job appeared safe as recently as Tuesday morning. By Tuesday afternoon, he had been fired.

"This was a difficult decision," owner Jim Irsay said. "I wanted to make sure we took all the time we needed to make sure it was the right decision. ... And just like 14 years, ago, it's a big change for the franchise and at the same time, there's players, coaches, many people on the staff that will go into the new day and get on with the work of 2012."

Caldwell joined the organization in 2002 as the quarterbacks coach before succeeding Tony Dungy as head coach in 2009. In his first year as Dungy's replacement, Indianapolis made it to the Super Bowl, losing to the Saints.

Two years later, and without franchise quarterback Peyton Manning, the Colts went 2-14.

On January 2, shortly after Irsay fired team vice chairman Bill Polian and his son, Chris, the Colts' general manager, he told the media that Caldwell had done some good things this season but that, ultimately, the coach's fate would be decided after a new general manager was hired.

"[Caldwell] could very well be back this year, that is not out of the realm of possibility," the Colts owner said at the time. "Jim and I had a good conversation in terms of the immediate future." 

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Irsay acknowledged that fans would probably like to see a change at head coach but supported Caldwell, calling him "a very bright guy, a great teacher, and a great personnel evaluator who prepares the team well." 

But when you lose 14 of 16 games, there are issues and Irsay recognized those, too. He said defensive coordinator Larry Coyer was a mistake (not a "good match as a Cover 2 guy") and that Caldwell struggled at times with game and clock management. 

Last Wednesday, Ryan Grigson was introduced as Indianapolis' new GM and today the team is looking for a new head coach. Presumably someone comfortable working with two franchise quarterbacks at opposite ends of their careers.

"Change sometimes isn't always the easiest transition to make but it's part of this game, part of this league and part of the direction we need to get going in this new era of Colts football," Grigson said Tuesday.

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Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:47 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

In this picture We have Jim Caldwell waiting on a street car called Desire.

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:41 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Colts fire head coach after talking to Spagnuolo about an assistant's job

Coach Jim Caldwell became Indianapolis' third high-profile dismissal in an offseason purge, being fired Tuesday after producing the franchise's worst record in two decades — albeit without standout quarterback Peyton Manning. He missed the entire season because of a neck problem.

The day after the Colts finished 2-14 and locked up the No. 1 draft pick, Irsay fired team vice chairman Bill Polian, the architect of the Colts' success, and his son, Chris, the hand-picked general manager. A nine-day search prompted Irsay to hire 39-year-old Ryan Grigson as their replacement. Since then, Irsay and his new GM have been meeting often, debating what tack the team needed to take next — bringing in new assistants to fix the problems or making wholesale changes? Things were so clouded Monday that Caldwell even met with former Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo about possibly becoming the Colts' new defensive coordinator. By Tuesday, everything changed suddenly as Caldwell was fired.

"Mr. Irsay is the steward of this franchise and I'm here to help him wrap his head around these types of decisions," Grigson said.

Though it's unclear who the Colts may target to replace Caldwell, the possibilities could include Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and perhaps Spagnuolo.

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:42 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Colts need a strong leader and someone that is going to be okay with rebuilding 

Heres my column on the firing of Caldwell and the future for the Colts



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:47 am

no surprise at all

Peyton should be HOPING he's traded or released. I'm not a Ryan fan, but I just have to say, er shout, J-E-T-S- JETSJETSJETSJETS! I'm telling you, if you put the brothers Manning both in NYC you can't be wrong. -- In the meanwhile, I'm hoping the Eli falls flat on his face this coming Sunday. I love my Niners and those friggin Giants are one scary team. - Oh, back to subject of Colts - Indy should prepare for a decade of pain starting this year. Worst defensive unit in the league was finally exposed when they didn't have a constant 20 point lead over desperate offensive units.

Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:18 am

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

@.   Best Post I've seen in a long long time!

Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:17 am

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Best post I've seen in a LONG LONG time!  This cat knows his football.

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:50 am

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Who knows what Luck will do? No one! Just like Leaf (3rd overall pick), Shuler (3rd overall pick, you know the rest Mr. Congressman), Art Schlichter (4th overall pick, bad gambling habit and 20 felonies), Drunkenmiller (26th overall pick & worst rating ever under 30 QB Rating), McGwire (16th overall pick & tallest player ever drafted @ 6'8"), Marinovich (24th overall pick), Cade McKnown (12th overall pick), Couch (#1 overall pick), Akili Smith (3rd overall pick), & JaMarcus Russel (#1 overall pick and biggest bust of them all!!!). So Jetsfan10, who knows what Luck, Newton, or Tebow will turn out to be. If everyone knew who would do what, or not do anything at all, then these picks would have come in the first instead of later in drafts...... Tom Brady (Patriots 6th round #199 overall), Bob Chandler (Bills 6th round, lead league in receptions from 75-77), Harold Carmichael (Eagles 7th round, four pro-bowls), Ed Newman (Dolphins 6th round, four pro-bowls),Charlie Joiner (Oilers 4th round, Hall of Fame), Dwight Clark (49ers 12th round pick, "The Catch"), Roger Staubach (Cowboys 10th round, Hall of Fame), Bart Starr (Packers 17th round, two Superbowls, four Pro-Bowls, & Hall of Fame),
and UNDRAFTED PLAYERS: Arian Foster, Wes Welker, Adam Vinatieri, James Harrison, Drew Pearson, Jeff Saturday, Willy Brown (Hall of Fame!), Willy Wood (Hall of Fame), Emmitt Thomas (Hall of Fame), Antonio Gates, Jim Langer (Hall of Fame), Larry Little (Hall of Fame), Jesse Tuggle (four pro-bowls), John Randle (Hall of Fame), Jeff Garcia, Priest Holmes, Rod Smith, Kurt Warner (Superbowl MVP!! & future Hall of Famer), & Warren Moon (Hall of Famer, holds record for overall passing yards: 70,553 total:49,325 NFL & 21,228 CFL) again ALL UNDRAFTED!!!!......
So for all the Nostradamus immitators, just enjoy the games we all have come to love. Current players' futures are yet to be written. And since this thread was originally about Caldwell getting Axed, I wish him well.

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:50 am

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

mcwald20 ------- Love your comment and agree.

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:47 am

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Good it is about time , so glad to hear this.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:42 am

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

hE ALWAYS Apperared to be lost during the game.
Looked like the guy at the bus stop, when two buses stop, no idea on which one to board.
Say bye bye loser.

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