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Jim Tressel and the Colts

Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:49 pm
There are now reports the Colts will not hire Jim Tressel as head coach. This after a round of reports that Tressel had received two interviews and was in serious contention for the job. As a team source told me weeks ago there is no way in hell the Colts will hire Tressel to coach the team. That mostly stands. I've also been told Tressel never received two interviews for the job as previously reported and the one "interview" he received was very casual and more courtesy than anything else.

"Jim is well liked by Irsay," said a team source speaking of the Colts owner, "but not that well liked."

We'll see. Maybe Irsay does like taking huge, risky gambles with the future of his franchise.

League sources say the Colts have interviewed numerous candidates and aren't done. They're scheduled to speak with Baltimore defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. reported 49ers special teams coach Brad Seely is now on the Colts radar. I was able to confirm that is indeed the case. Seely is viewed as a good potential head coach by people around football.

The Tressel-as-coach phenomenon got renewed life when Tony Dungy this week said he believed Irsay had focused on Tressel as head coach. That certainly opened my eyes but I continue to be told Tressel isn't getting the position.

Is it possible Irsay has become Jerry Jones and now rebuffs any notion of conventional wisdom? Possible. Irsay, again, is very different. He could hire Tressel as a giant (expletive) you to the league. Yes, that's possible, but no one on the Colts or in the league believes this will happen. They think Irsay's inner pragmatism will take over.

Irsay, I'm told, wants to hire an NFL assistant; some new coaching blood to go along with his theme of remaking the franchise almost entirely. This is the safer route and why Tressel doesn't make sense. The NFL is littered with the bodies of great college coaches who failed in the NFL from Steve Spurrier to Nick Saban and dozens of men between.

Do NFL assistants fail? Yes. But the failure rate for college coaches making the try is astronomical.

Again, Irsay is very different, and he could shock the NFL world with a Tressel hire.

But I think the team is heading in the direction of a hire like Pagano.

Category: NFL
Tags: Colts, NFL
Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:00 pm
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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:31 pm

Jim Tressel and the Colts

Freeman, why do you think that your sources are reliable? The history of your articles suggest you don't have credible resources, nor do they tell you anything near the truth. I, for one can understand that. You present these columns with such bias that I am certain, that whatever you state in your ramblings, the opposite will happen. So, I look for Tressel to get the job and be a success.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:28 pm

Jim Tressel and the Colts

He immediately told the athletic director and the president of OSU. He took them out of the loop and soaked up all the blame and resigned. I have known him 40 years
Nonsense!  Three sentences and three lies.  Is this really the best you can do? 

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 5:42 pm

Jim Tressel and the Colts

@LarryLuv ...... I can't stop's so funny and sadly so true. What the hell is Irsay thinking? Does he think offering Pro's gold pants and tatoos will help Indy win? 

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:54 pm

Jim Tressel and the Colts

Jim Tressel might surprise people if he was hired as the Colts HC.  I think if any college coach can make it in the NFL Tressel can.

I remember when he was hired to coach OSU from little Youngstown State University.  I could not image him being succesful at the Big Ten level or at any major college level, but he did it.  I gave him two maybe three years until the OSU AD sent him packing.

His need to stay on top got him into trouble, but he doesn't have to deal with recruiting and OSU boosters in the NFL.  He's a good talent evaluator and his passion to win is beyond question.

If irsay hires him it would not be a shock to me.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:05 pm

Jim Tressel and the Colts

 Jim Tressel ? Jim Tressel ?? The author of multiple books on integrity & virtue. 
Hey Irsay why don't you hire Jerry Sandusky as defensive coordinator while you're at it ! Tressel is a laughing stock, and if you hire him as head coach your organization will be looked at the same way. The big question is Irsay as big a maniac as his old man ? For the sake of Colts fans let's hope not. 

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:48 pm

Jim Tressel and the Colts

I think the direction of this team is heading in is failure!.  5-11 in 2012.

Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:36 pm

Jim Tressel and the Colts


There's a difference between Ohio and Indiana?

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:16 pm

Jim Tressel and the Colts

Hey Kubbfan,

spell check............I'm begging you. 

Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:58 pm

Jim Tressel and the Colts

Very mature response!!!

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