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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: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:55 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

caldwell was a clueless idiot...only got the job because of crybaby racist dungy's whining about hiring a black guy

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:52 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

I can't say I'm surprised the Colts fired Jim Caldwell...they might let Peyton Manning go...the face of the franchise for years. They will draft Andrew Luck with the first pick in the draft. Will Peyton go to the Jets or someplace else. It's like a giant soap opera.

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:39 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Keep manning as an asisstant coach for one year and make him a head coach next year. pick up Luck and let him develop togheter with Payton. as a coach

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:34 pm


Please... not the Vest!  The Colts would have the most tatoos league-wide, however!!

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:20 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

If they knew they were going to get rid of Caldwell ahead of time, which I'm sure they do, they could have gone after Fisher as their next head coach. If I'm Jim Irsay, I'll try and get someone with lots of experience as a head coach, like Bill Cowher. As far as Peyton is concern, if he can play, he will be the Colt's qb next season. If the Colts trade him and he still can play, I'll stop being a Colts fan 4sho.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:19 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

It's not anyone's fault. It just happens. It is very hard to keep a great team for a decade plus. With free agency and low draft picks, it is bound to happen. The Colts were on a slide last year and even with Manning healthy they would have gone 9-7. I wouldn't get rid of Manning. If he is health enough to play they should keep him because he deserves it. He's earned it. He is the reason they were great for so long.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:14 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Caldwell should have never been named a head coach.  Overmatched from the start..the team would have done better with Manning just being the player-coach..oh wait Manning was the player-coach.

Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:12 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

This is too good. Caldwell needed to go, but just a few hours before his release, I saw J Clayton on ESPN saying that Caldwell's job was safe. It never ceases to amaze me how many times the "experts" are wrong, wrong, wrong!!

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:08 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

Well you could always make Peyton Player/Coach for a year and then full time head coach next year.

Since: Sep 23, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:03 pm

Colts fire head coach Jim Caldwell

This was not about race. This was a team cleaning house and starting over. And I don't expect them to find "someone comfortable working with two franchise quarterbacks." I expect them to find someone to groom Andrew Luck. Like a Jon Gruden perhaps.

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