Indianapolis Colts fire Jim Caldwell

1/17/12 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

In a move that seemed inevitable, but took all too long, the Indianapolis Colts fired head coach Jim Caldwell after a dreadful 2-14 season. Caldwell was the Colts coach since 2009.

No replacement was immediately named. Caldwell is the second head to fly after a season in which Indianapolis could not overcome the loss of quarterback Peyton Manning to a season-ending neck injury. General Manager Bill Polian was also fired a few weeks ago and former Philadelphia Eagles' director of player personnel, Ryan Grigson was named his successor. Grigson likely wants to bring in his own coach on his own terms.

Caldwell took the Colts to the Super Bowl in his first season, but the team has deteriorated since then. In three seasons he compiled a record of 26-22.

The Colts are clearly in a rebuilding mode, which could likely be centered around drafting Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.  

It is possible that Grigson could target his former offensive coordinator in Philadelphia, and former Detroit Lions' head coach, Marty Mornhinweg for the vacancy. They have also reportedly been in contact with former St. Louis Rams' coach Steve Spagnuolo, Tennessee Titans' defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and former Minnesota Vikings' head coach Brad Childress.

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1/20/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
Marty Morninwheg winning the overtime toss and electing to KICK trumps your Caldwell and your Haley.

Best part is that Morninwheg is apparently being looked at for a few job openings now! 

1/20/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Dan_B wrote:
I see your Jim Caldwell, and raise you Todd Haley. 

Marty Morninwheg winning the overtime toss and electing to KICK trumps your Caldwell and your Haley.

1/18/12   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

Dan_B wrote:
I see your Jim Caldwell, and raise you Todd Haley. 

at least Haley got to the playoffs with Cassel, thats kind of impressive

1/18/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

derms33 wrote:
 WORST COACH EVER

I see your Jim Caldwell, and raise you Todd Haley. 

1/18/12   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

 WORST COACH EVER

1/17/12   |   billywa   |   658 respect

Dan_B wrote:
I guess you can say that the clean sweep will be complete once Manning is gone too, no?

I certainly considered throwing that in there, but I sincerely hope Peyton realizes when its time to hang it up and that Colts have the class to give him the room and time he might need to figure it out...

1/17/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

This could qualify as one of the worst kept secrets in NFL history.  There was no other choice but to fire him.  Yes, Peyton Manning did not play this season, but other teams with BETTER COACHES have lost their best player(s) and didn't suddenly turn into a slighty more competent version of the 2008 Detroit Lions.  Belichick lost Brady for the year and won 11 games.  Gary Kubiak lost his top quarterback, top defensive player, and did not have his top wideout most of the year - made the playoffs.  A better coach could have at least made the Colts competitive.

1/17/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

billywa wrote:
And the clean sweep in Indy is complete. Now we can eagerly watch the Manning Decline vs Luck Development debate begin...

I guess you can say that the clean sweep will be complete once Manning is gone too, no?

1/17/12   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Great move. He's awful.

1/17/12   |   billywa   |   658 respect

And the clean sweep in Indy is complete. Now we can eagerly watch the Manning Decline vs Luck Development debate begin...

1/17/12   |   scquwi1   |   1231 respect

I am sure we all knew this was coming. If you didn't know I would bet you were not a football fan. Peyton's injury, the fall of the Colts, firing of your GM, yeah I would have to say Caldwell was next to go.