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Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:13 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2012 10:46 pm
Former Indy president Bill Polian sits with team consultant Jim Tressel before a game in November. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

The Colts are in the market for a head coach. After cleaning house in recent weeks, team owner Jim Irsay and new general manager Ryan Grigson continue their search for the man who will help return Indianapolis to prominence.

Jim Caldwell was sent packing Tuesday and the names of possible candidates to replace him span the gamut from old-hands to up-and-comers. Our very early list included both: Brad Childress, Marty Mornhinwheg, Wade Phillips and Rod Chudzinski.

The Colts are reportedly interested in talking to Childress, the former Vikings head coach. And Irsay's plane, according to the Indianapolis Star, was in Sarasota, Florida Friday morning before returning to Indianapolis later in the day.

Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, who resigned amid an NCAA investigation in May and joined the Colts as a consultant in September, has a home in the area. Multiple sources expect Tressel to interview for Caldwell's job, though the Star couldn't confirm this.

On Thursday, a Colts source told's Mike Freeman that there was "no way in hell" that the organization was considering Tressel as Caldwell's replacement.

Freeman adds: "The source explained that owner Irsay likes Tressel and does want him to have some sort of role in the organization (a new head coach will have some say in that of course). Which is, well, incredible. If you remember Tressel resigned as Ohio State coach after it was determined the Buckeyes had numerous rules violations under his watch. Ohio State later self-vacated its entire 2010 season."

The three known candidates to be targeted for interviews with the Colts are Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, New Orleans offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

Whoever ends up as Indy's new coach, the first order of business will be to decide what to do with the team's franchise quarterbacks (the one currently on the roster and the one they will inevitably draft in three months). Peyton Manning has been with the organization since 1998, although he missed the 2011 season with a neck injury. The Colts, fresh off a 2-14 effort without Manning, had won at least 10 games every year from 2002-2010 (including two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl title).

But Manning is due a $28 million roster bonus on March 8 and there's a possibility that the organization could decide to move forward without him. Indianapolis holds the first-overall pick in April's NFL Draft and Irsay has already said that they will select a quarterback regardless of Manning's health.

"With Griffin and with Luck and the way it's shaping up in the top part of the draft, which very likely could go one and two like with Peyton and Ryan Leaf -- it's most likely one of those quarterbacks that you really feel is the best player in the draft, and where we're at moving forward, that you can't pass that up," Irsay told ESPN, per the Star.

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Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 1:49 pm

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Tressell would be a great hire.  He is proven to be very successful.  He was not a great recruiter at Ohio State.  He is a very organized tactician that knows how to use the talent he is given to win.  He won a national championship at Ohio State with Craig Krentzel and an injured Maurice Clarett.  The Colts have Tressell right there in the building and he is the obvious choice.

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 1:46 pm

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Paul BTW... I suspect the 10 "fans" waiting to get on the wagon would be the same 10 "fans" who jumped off because of 1 bad season.

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 1:39 pm

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Paul..I do agree that OSU will tire of the Urban Myth soon enough, however, I dont' agree EVERYONE lies, and using that as a reason is absurd. There is a HUGE difference between Tony Dunge and Jim (the cheater) Tressel. He has a trail of such actions, but was always a moving target. Go back and look at all the smoke around him at Akron as well. If I am not mistaken, he would still have some kind of suspension to pay in the NFL if hired. I seem to remember that the NFL placed sanctions on his hire when he first signed with the Colts.

Since: Dec 23, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 1:24 pm

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

I suspect the next Colts head coach will only be there while the team is rebuilding. I would hire a coach with offensive skills, and hire a DC to handle the defense. Both should have NFL experience. I would not hire Childers or Tressel unless as assistants. After 2 or 3 yrs I would try and bring in a big name, assuming the Luck experiment works out. I would keep Manning for 1 yr and then move him for draft picks in 2013. That should help Luck even more.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 12:17 pm

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Need a fresh face as HC.  Give someone a chance then these proven failures.  We already know the team is rebuilding and not much is expected so what is to lose in doing so. 

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:52 am

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Geez. This is great.  Yeah, let's go ahead and hire the vest because you don't need honesty and integrity to coach in the NFL.
Lombardi and Hallas must be rolling in their graves. Barry Switzer 2.0.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:33 am

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

 Brad Childress, Marty Mornhinwheg, Wade Phillips and Rod Chudzinski. hmmmm??? not to mention the candidates we know about. seems Chudzinski would be the only candidate with an upside that hasnt failed somewhere else. that said, forget all the bullsh!t and hire tressel he is the most qualified and will continue the winning tradition in Indy.. so what if he is a lying dirtbag! they all are he just got caught! great fit in the nfl, you never get caught here...errr unless you are bellichik!

anyways enough drama.. hire a frickin coach and do the deal with Peyton what ever it is! at least then freeman and doyle can take holidays cause they wont have any other BS articles to write!  

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:04 am

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

If they don't, they're stupid! I imagine he's learned a lot from what transpired in Columbus and wants to vindicate his name ... how better than to take this Colts team-minus Peyton-to victory!

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:57 am

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Would be better than Caldwell. That's for sure !!!!!

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 12:07 am

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Look, I know our new GM came over from Philly.  But please... for the love of God and all that is holy... do not hire Brad Childress as our next head coach.  Pick some unknown coordinator.  Pick a mid-range retread.  Hell, pick a well-regarded position coach with some college HC experience.  But not Childress or Phillips.

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