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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 CBSSports.com'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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Comments

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:40 pm
 

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Gulf Coast  the media LOVES to bring down good guys that make a mistake.While they never investigate slime ball cheaters like Lane Kiffin and John Calapari. If Kiffin would had done what Tress did the story would have been on page 6 snd lasted 24 hours and went away.



Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:37 pm
 

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

 CantonJim PS for every Colt "fan" that would leave the bandwagon if they hired Tress there would be 10 who would jump on.I am pretty sure the Colts can do the math



Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:34 pm
 

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

CantonJIm  get off your high horse EVEYONE lies>Gene Smith,Gorden Gee,Urban Myer all lie its just some are better at it.
Tressel lied to some pinhead at the NCAA, not the FBI, not to his wife, not to the Pope.
After 5 years of Urban Myers self absorbed BS and maybe one Big Ten title, OSU will be begging Tress to come back.



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:27 pm
 

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

I guess the first order of business would be the health of Gomer, then if he`s ok to go... they`d have to ask archie how Gomer feels about Tressel being his "YES" man....



Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:48 pm
 

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Gulfcoast....A cheater is a cheater and a liar is a liar regardless of how big the lie is. To lessen what Tressel did just because something worse happened is very narrow minded. What if the Penn State thing hadn't happened, would you feel the same? At that time Tressel WAS the biggest story. Let's not place these wrongs into categories of wrong, wronger and wrongest..... All of these things at all of these schools were wrong period.




Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:42 pm
 

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

Here is one Colt franchise admirer would would lose ALL respect for him if they offered this liar and cheater the job. I would be the first one off that band wagon...



Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:32 pm
 

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

local tv station - wthr - reported tonight that irsay has met with tressel twice about the coaching job ... here's one colts fan who has her fingers crossed that irsay doesn't end up promoting him to the position ... 



Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:08 pm
 

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

makes sense.  they have the guy on salary already and he won't have to meet the higher standards expected of college level coaches in terms of honesty and integrity.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:05 pm
 

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

The media needs to get over its negative fixation with Jim Tressel.  The media seems to confuse Tressel's relatively minor offenses with Penn State, Syracuse, and others.  Tressel was not sentenced to prison.  He would make a great NFL coach.  He is a very decent man who let a great 10-year run get away from him.  I thought this was the nation which believed in a 2nd chance, redemption, etc.  Get over it!  I doubt that he will get an NFL head job.  There are too few and too much competition.  But there is certainly nothing wrong with his being considered!




Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:58 pm
 

Would Colts interview Tressel for coaching job?

A BUNCH OF BUMS ARE IN LINE FOR THE JOB.


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