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Jim Caldwell wouldn't let the Jaguars play for overtime

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio was playing for overtime.

With 42 seconds left, the Jaguars held the ball at their own 23-yard line with only one timeout left.  Jacksonville called a run up the middle to Maurice Jones-Drew; he picked up eight yards. Colts coach Jim Caldwell then called a timeout.

The decision was so inexplicable, I didn’t want to write about it because I feared the CBS broadcast of the game somehow goofed.  Jacksonville had the ball, with a strong-legged kicker, virtually no time left, and they were content to play for OT.  And Caldwell wouldn’t let them.

Despite watching the Colts defense get run over all day — they gave up 5 yards-per-carry and 7.4 yards-per-pass — Caldwell thought he could stop the Jaguars cold on two straight plays. Then he’d use all his timeouts, and get the ball back in time for Peyton Manning to win.  That would all have to happen in 36 seconds.

Caldwell said after the game he didn’t want to let the Jaguars run out the clock, according to the Indianapolis Star.  Jaguars.com’s Vic Ketchman called it a “slap in the face.”

Given a second life, David Garrard went to work.  Incomplete pass.  Six-yard strike to Tiquan Underwood.  22-yard completion to Underwood again.  Incomplete pass.  Game-winner by Scobee.

If the Colts recorded a sack on first down to start the drive, the timeout is almost defensible.  After an eight-yard run, it’s certifiable.  Of course the team with the ball has a much better chance to win in a tie game.  The odds on stopping the Jaguars, getting the ball back in time, and winning in regulation were ridiculously long. 

The odds on the Jaguars making Caldwell look very, very bad were clearly much higher.

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  1. Dayton Dolfan says: Oct 4, 2010 10:24 AM

    Wow!
    didn’t see that part. I think Caldwell is going to be gone in a year or two. Last year was an abberation ala Barry Switzer. With the emergence of the Texans, the Colts heyday (sp?) could be on its last legs.

  2. Dustin Chandler says: Oct 4, 2010 10:32 AM

    Just give Peyton the damn head set already. We all know who is really running that team.

  3. Unnamed Source says: Oct 4, 2010 10:37 AM

    If ever there were an example of a completely incompetent head coach with a winning record Caldwell is it. Thank you Mr. Manning.

  4. Jeaaff Jeaaff Jeaaff says: Oct 4, 2010 10:39 AM

    Caldwell is the worst “coach” in professional sports. Bob Kravitz asked him after the game if he had another chance would he call that timeout again…and the dumb bastard said YES!!!
    The Colts are going NOWHERE until they fire Larry Coyer and this lifeless scumbag Cadlwell

  5. Jag4Life says: Oct 4, 2010 10:41 AM

    Caldwell was just that cocky to call a timeout with :36 seconds left when the Jags were clearly getting ready for OT. That was just what this team needed to push the ball up the field. Horrible timeout Caldwell. Good win Jags.

  6. FieldySnuts says: Oct 4, 2010 10:41 AM

    Also given the Jags the chance to kick with the wind in the 4th was a stupid call.

  7. richkotitte says: Oct 4, 2010 10:45 AM

    Cardinal Dungy will have the sinner Caldwell say three Hail Mary’s and all we be forgiven by their Almighty Lord and Savior, Peyton Manning…..

  8. Belichick for President says: Oct 4, 2010 10:45 AM

    If this was Belichick he would be getting crucified on the Worldwide Leader. Since it’s America’s Team the Colts it just gets a blurb on PFT.

  9. Austskate says: Oct 4, 2010 10:47 AM

    They should let Peyton run the defense too

  10. Jay16 says: Oct 4, 2010 10:50 AM

    Guys. I’m not surprised here. I don’t agree with Stampede Blue’s bloggers most of the time but Big Blue Shoe’s assesment is spot on in reguards to Jim Caldwell, I give props for finally seeing the light even after banning me for suggestions that at the time were premature. But I was right all along, these Colts have been frauds since Marvin Harrison went down. The whole organization from top to bottom. Marvin was the first chink in the armor, because the organizaion hid it for deceitfully. The same with Peyton Mannings injuries, Bob Sanders and everyone else of significance. And now the biggest liability if you will is their ability to COACH and their trying to brush that under the rug as well. It starts at the top and that’s Bill Polian.
    The coaches that were hired in Indianapolis, for whatever reason they were hired, probably don’t deserve to be there except for Metzlars, Christianson and Frank Reich….3 coaches. Jim Caldwell? He’s a ghost and a fraud, yes man, no man’s, man. Bill Polian coaches this team and goes through Caldwell its SOOO OBVIOUS.

  11. grr215 says: Oct 4, 2010 10:51 AM

    Unnamed Source says:
    October 4, 2010 10:37 AM
    If ever there were an example of a completely incompetent head coach with a winning record Caldwell is it. Thank you Mr. Manning
    ————————————————–
    Unless you mean only this season then yes, but carrer wise that title belongd firmly to Andy Reid.

  12. Manbearpig says: Oct 4, 2010 10:55 AM

    The decision was so inexplicable, I didn’t want to write about it because I feared the CBS broadcast of the game somehow goofed.
    _____________
    HUH? Wow, nice excuse.
    No, you didn’t write about it because any time you try to opine/analyze/predict some facet of the game on your own you are always wrong. See Tomlinson, LaDanian; Ward, Derrick, etc.

  13. Black QB White RB says: Oct 4, 2010 10:55 AM

    He learned at the Jim Zorn coaching academy

  14. HomoforRomo says: Oct 4, 2010 11:01 AM

    Caldwell is a joke- Peyton runs the show, all Caldwell is in charge of is simple decisions like this, and whether to go for 16-0, and he blows it every time. Calling the timeout at 2nd at 10 would have been ok, but 2nd & 2, when you haven’t stopped the Jags all game? He’s an idiot, as shown by his one winning season in 8 at Wake Forest, but “coaching” Peyton for a few years (if he doesn’t blow it) he may end up with all sort of coaching records for winning percentage, etc. and it will be a complete joke. Imagine the coach with the highest winning percentage ever not getting a second head coaching job whenever the Colts dump him.

  15. JamaicanCheeseHead.Bmore says: Oct 4, 2010 11:02 AM

    I don’t care if it was 10sec left give #18 the ball.
    What a joke if was the other way and you play for OT
    and jags coin win toss then score to win the game. Then headlines would say: DUMB COACH SHOULD OF USED HIS TIME OUTS TO GET THE GREATIST QB THE BALL BACK…lol

  16. Unnamed Source says: Oct 4, 2010 11:04 AM

    grr215 says:
    October 4, 2010 10:51 AM
    Unnamed Source says:
    October 4, 2010 10:37 AM
    If ever there were an example of a completely incompetent head coach with a winning record Caldwell is it. Thank you Mr. Manning
    —————– ——————– ————-
    Unless you mean only this season then yes, but carrer wise that title belongd firmly to Andy Reid.

    You are of course right, I stand corrected.

  17. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Oct 4, 2010 11:07 AM

    Wow…..Kansas City is the last undefeated team in the league…… Did ANYONE see that one coming?

  18. cutler_eats_it says: Oct 4, 2010 11:07 AM

    If you thing about it…the Colts are the equivalent of the Atlanta Braves with Peyton Manning being the pitching staff of their great regular season dominance. Lots of plaques and ribbons…not a lot championship trophies. And since Bobby Cox left…the Colts will soon see there pitching staff get broken up and the team normalized. Good job Caldwell!

  19. goJags says: Oct 4, 2010 11:09 AM

    I think coach caldwell made the right call. If he hadn’t called the timeout at 36 secs, Jags will run out the clock for with 15 secs left and will call for a long pass play that would take 10 secs of the clock and jags would call their only timeout. The timeout caldwell took should’ve forced the jags to think otherwise on the long pass and to be conservative in calling the runplay. How can Caldwell know that Jack is playing for OT? Jack Del Rio can say all he wants after the game is over. I think caldwell made the right call. You can argue either way.

  20. KOM2K10 says: Oct 4, 2010 11:10 AM

    It seems like the Colts seem to win DESPITE Caldwell and his Ho-hum attitude, but they sometimes lose BECAUSE of his horrible decision makining (aka this horrible time out and his insanely soft coverage defense against Brees in the Superbowl). Polian is to cocky and arogant to admit that they made a mistake with this guy. They need a coach with some attitude! Bring in Bill Cower!

  21. PurpleRaid12 says: Oct 4, 2010 11:11 AM

    That’s funny, because Josh Scobee said the same thing about the Colts…

  22. goskins575 says: Oct 4, 2010 11:14 AM

    Caldwell is a dope – he even looks like one – deer in the headlights-ish.
    But, given the track record of propping up Colts’ coaches as potential HoF material in spite of having the greatest QB of all time and having nothing to do with the offense, you can expect Jim Caldwell will be thought of in the same vein as the guy who left Tampa the year before they won the SB and yet receives the credit.

  23. Popeye says: Oct 4, 2010 11:15 AM

    Does Caldwell even say anything on the sidelines? he looks like Wade Phillips. Bring back Dungy and win another ring

  24. RobF2010 says: Oct 4, 2010 11:19 AM

    If he didn’t want to play overtime, he shouldn’t have kicked the extra point to tie the game in the first place. Let Peyton Manning and the offense get you two points.
    There was never anything wrong with the overtime rules. The problem was the gutless wonders that are most NFL head coaches.

  25. tv says: Oct 4, 2010 11:23 AM

    In the super bowl, Sean Payton showed that Caldwell is clearly in over his head as a head coach.
    This cemented that fact.

  26. Jay16 says: Oct 4, 2010 11:35 AM

    I’d like to point out too. That it really seemed like Peyton went to Wayne too much throughout the game. The formula to beat the Colts maybe is to cover Collie and Clark, leave Wayne open. Or maybe Wayne was just crying about being the number one receiver. Just seemed like Wayne was being targeted by Manning unnessarily throughout the entire game.

  27. dscjmc says: Oct 4, 2010 11:35 AM

    Sorry Jeaaff Jeaaff Jeaaff but the worst coach in professional sports has to be Lovie ‘Rex is our quarterback’ Smith.

  28. gbsn3219 says: Oct 4, 2010 11:37 AM

    A few more losses and all those fake Dolts fans will no longer be spotted at Lucas Oil Stadium. The terror is almost over! Then maybe the talks about the LA Colts can begin again. Who Dey!

  29. JimmySmith says: Oct 4, 2010 11:47 AM

    Caldwell might be the dumbest coach in the NFL, with all due respect to Childress up in Minnesota.

  30. Saintsarebest says: Oct 4, 2010 11:58 AM

    cut the guy some slack, not everyone can be as great as sean payton!

  31. pfii63 says: Oct 4, 2010 12:07 PM

    Dear Colts Fans,
    Enjoy that ONE Super Bowl victory in the Peyton Manning era. It’s the only one you’ll be getting.

  32. pacstud says: Oct 4, 2010 12:18 PM

    It’s the right call (I hate the Colts btw).
    You play for the win.
    Second down incomplete = free timeout.
    IF they had stopped them on 3rd down, we’re praising his call?
    This armchair coach stuff from PFT really needs to stop. You guys are our gossip bitches. No more, no less.
    Leave the football talk to people who actually know their head from their ass.
    Oh, and I don’t expect you to post this :0)

  33. harloeisdead says: Oct 4, 2010 12:27 PM

    Jay16- I believe Manning targeted Wayne so much because he was being covered all day by David Jones, not Rashean Mathis. And it seemed to have worked for the most part.
    I agree with the poster above who stated that if the Colts were really looking to avoid OT, they should’ve gone for 2 when they scored their last TD. But I don’t know why they were trying to avoid OT anyway. The Jags were clearly running a run-the-ball, control-the-clock gameplan and couldn’t stop Peyton all day. If the Colts got the ball first, this one’s over. If the Jags got the ball first, Indy still would’ve had a great chance to win. Unbelievable goof on Caldwell’s part, but we’ll take it down here in Jax. The AFC South should be a tight race all year.

  34. Saints-America'sTeam says: Oct 4, 2010 12:34 PM

    Every time I say those things about Caldwell being the worst coach in football I get hammered. I see there are a lot of believers now. Manning is really running that team as he did when Dungy was collecting a check. Neither Caldwell OR Dungy are the sharpest knives in the draw. Indie fans, you better hope Peyton Manning NEVER goes down because you have nothing without him. Too bad Peyton’s genius didn’t rub off on his little brother. Good night, Giants.

  35. Meat Tuperello says: Oct 4, 2010 12:39 PM

    Jim Cleveland Caldwell, should have never been hired to start with.

  36. Thor says: Oct 4, 2010 12:41 PM

    Caldwell is the Bill Stewart of the NFL. Dumb and backed into his current job. The Colts’ window is closing fast.

  37. tHe_KiNg says: Oct 4, 2010 12:45 PM

    Why not go for 2 to end the game? Pussy football. Lay blame on the defense if your squad gives up an easy game winning drive instead of taking the heat should you fail a 2 pointer. I’d much rather have the ball at the 2 yard line with Peyton Manning as my QB than relying on my ratty defense stopping the opponent. TO make it worse the Jags were offsides on the extra point so they could have had the try from the 1 yard line.
    Sure, Jags still could’ve driven down to score but the whole ending plays out differently if they know they NEED to score before time runs out.
    It’s all karma going back to quitting on a perfect season.

  38. txfan says: Oct 4, 2010 12:49 PM

    arrogant move. they’d call it genious if it had worked….but i’m glad it didnt’.
    Time will tell what kind of coach he is…but for the time being he’s just a figure head. Manning runs the offense…coyer runs the defense.

  39. Chapnasty. says: Oct 4, 2010 1:04 PM

    Just like Dungy Manning will win him a Superbowl and then NBC will give him a job and Florio will tell us how smart he is. Thank you Rooney rule.

  40. Wallacej says: Oct 4, 2010 1:21 PM

    Nice job Caldwell. Stop trying to get involved in the game and just let Peyton do his thing.

  41. FireJerryJones says: Oct 4, 2010 1:25 PM

    Peyton runs most of the show.
    The coach still has a head set and can still call time outs.
    Dumb ass move.

  42. Dougy says: Oct 4, 2010 1:26 PM

    If the term “Monday Morning Quarterback” didn’t exist in sports lexicon, it would now after this post from Rosenthal.

  43. windawg says: Oct 4, 2010 1:32 PM

    Jay16 says:
    October 4, 2010 11:35 AM
    I’d like to point out too. That it really seemed like Peyton went to Wayne too much throughout the game. The formula to beat the Colts maybe is to cover Collie and Clark, leave Wayne open. Or maybe Wayne was just crying about being the number one receiver. Just seemed like Wayne was being targeted by Manning unnessarily throughout the entire game.
    Dude, you are a complete moron! He was going to Wayne because the Jags couldn’t stop it. That was the mismatch!! This loss had nothing to do with who Manning was throwing to! It had to do with giving the Jags a short field to drive, and the defense not being able to get off the field. The Colts only had 8 possessions, and did pretty well with them.

  44. Bob Sacamano says: Oct 4, 2010 1:34 PM

    Total BS analysis here. It’s easy to criticize after the fact.
    Since when are the Jags a quick-strike downfield passing team? Who would realistically expect them to quickly get the ball into FG range like they did? Especially after it looked like they were giving up and settling for OT? It’s not like Caldwell was giving more time to Tom Brady.
    And as far as OT goes, with the way Indy’s defense was playing, the Colts might not have even gotten the ball. So it’s understandable why Caldwell wasn’t big on letting a coin flip decide the game.
    There’s nothing wrong with trying to get the ball back in Manning’s hands. The strategy may have backfired, but don’t be dishonest and act like there was no logic to Caldwell’s decision.

  45. windawg says: Oct 4, 2010 1:35 PM

    Larry Coyer is making Ron Meeks look like Dick Lebeau or Buddy Ryan.
    For the love of god Polian, this off season hire a Defensive Coordinator who is going to be aggressive, switch to a 3-4, and start playing some smash mouth defense. I realize that this is going to take some personnel changes, but we’ve been down this road for too damn long.

  46. gravy18 says: Oct 4, 2010 1:37 PM

    If Kelvin Hayden makes the easy interception on that Garrard wounded duck, the Colts are the team making the game winning kick.

  47. _ROCKSTAR_ says: Oct 4, 2010 1:38 PM

    The thing is… I never trust someone who believes in GOD.
    I mean really… it is a fairy tell to believe we are a higher power and have an afterlife.
    Educate yourself and you learn real quick we are a speck of time on this planet and it is a story. If you spent more brain power on what you want to do and enjoy instead of a fairy tell. You might be good at something.

  48. Fan_0f_Football says: Oct 4, 2010 1:53 PM

    I love it. The Colts are nothing but a bunch of elitists self-entitled idiots. They deserve everything they get. Karma is a B Colt fans, that’s what happens when you give up on a perfect season for no particular reason.

  49. footballfan says: Oct 4, 2010 1:58 PM

    I think it was a piss poor decision to call the time out. I figure the golden boy is ripping Caldwell a new one for not asking him for permission!!

  50. Budget Audiophile says: Oct 4, 2010 2:33 PM

    Come on about the timeout! Please! Eldridge catches that pass, Colts win going away! Scobee kicked a 59 yarder! 59! Damn! What do these posts look like when the Colts rip off 12 straight? Probably won’t happen, but I’d put good money on them winning 12 again. Colts fans are spoiled. They lose a close game to a division rival on the road with a 59! yard field goal and it’s the end of the world. I’ll put it to you this way, next week there will be no more undefeated teams left in the NFL. Stay tuned. BTW, sure is a negative crowd you get here. People love to hide behind the keyboard and talk smack. If you had a rule for not posting negative or abusive comments there wouldn’t be any comments. Wow!

  51. 8man says: Oct 4, 2010 2:34 PM

    I said last year that I didn’t see Caldwell as this genius behind the 14-0 start.
    That being said, I think you have kick Del Rio in the ass for actually considering conceding the rest of regulation with the potential of Manning getting the ball first in OT and beating them outright. So in reality it was Del Rio who didn’t have the stones to do the right thing and Caldwell who saved him, by doing the wrong thing.
    Have they learned nothing from Belichick and Super Bowl 36. Go for it. Get close and trust your kicker.

  52. Real Football Fan says: Oct 4, 2010 3:06 PM

    Here comes the inevitable decline of the highly successful team under the “next” coach who takes over for his predecessor? probably the only guy to truly beat that fate was George Seifert after Walsh.
    Caldwell was on auto-pilot last year with a few of his own tweaks here or there to the team, much like Bill Callahan did in Oakland after Jon Gruden was traded.
    However, now that this team is taking on his identity with a year since Dungy departed, maybe he’s about to become the horrible Wake Forest edition of himself, which is maybe more indicative of his coaching style.

  53. Wallacej says: Oct 4, 2010 3:09 PM

    Nice job Caldwell. Stop trying to get involved in the game and just let Peyton do his thing.

  54. joe.attaboy says: Oct 4, 2010 3:19 PM

    @8man

    That being said, I think you have kick Del Rio in the ass for actually considering conceding the rest of regulation with the potential of Manning getting the ball first in OT and beating them outright. So in reality it was Del Rio who didn’t have the stones to do the right thing and Caldwell who saved him, by doing the wrong thing.

    I think you’re making a lot of assumptions, as are all the armchair owners banging on Caldwell. First of all, how do you assume that Del Rio was playing for overtime? The Jaguars’ running game was gashing the Colts’ defense all day (as they always do). Underwood got the kick to the 23 from six deep in the end zone, not spectacular, but not horrible position. With 48 seconds, the get an 8-yard run. Now, with 36 seconds, you’re looking as a 2nd-and-two, which should have been easy.
    Maybe, instead of letting them play, Caldwell was thinking “we can stop them and have 15-20 seconds left so Manning can let it fly.” That’s pretty much what everyone here would think…hell, when the Colt’s got the ball with 2:09, 64 yards to-go and down by 7, my wife and I both took a deep sigh, because we *knew* that was way too much time to leave them. So,maybe Caldwell is thinking the same thing: get a stop, leave me a little time and one time-out and I’ll have Manning get it at least into Vinatieri’s range.
    I doubt anyone here knows exactly what anyone on the sideline was thinking.
    I’ve been to nearly all of the Jaguars’ 160 or so home games. That game, and that finish, may have been one of the top two or three games there ever. Freaking place pretty much exploded.

  55. Maddog says: Oct 4, 2010 4:03 PM

    ROCKSTAR_ says:
    October 4, 2010 1:38 PM
    The thing is… I never trust someone who believes in GOD.
    I mean really… it is a fairy tell to believe we are a higher power and have an afterlife.
    Educate yourself and you learn real quick we are a speck of time on this planet and it is a story. If you spent more brain power on what you want to do and enjoy instead of a fairy tell. You might be good at something.
    ———————————————
    Wow, what a deep thinker. Been dying to try and tie that into to a thread somehow have you? Now why don’t you STFU and keep it about football?

  56. raideralex99 says: Oct 4, 2010 5:00 PM

    Caldwell also called a bonehead last year against the Jags in the season opening. Instead of punting with a minute left on 4th and 1 … Colts leading 14-12 … he gambled and got the first down … he got lucky.

  57. slice60 says: Oct 4, 2010 8:42 PM

    I called the Bill Polian Radio Show tonight & listed all the reasons why it was a bad decision because Jax clearly had a better chance to win in regulation than Indy.
    2nd & 2…only 0:35 left…struggling Colts D who had given up 8 of 12 3rd down conversions…Jags only need to gain another 30 yards to get into FG range because Scobee has a really big leg & the wind behind him…best case scenario the Colts would get the ball with 0:20 left, 0 or 1 timeouts, & need to gain 40 yards because Vinatieri’s range doesn’t go beyond 50 anymore.
    I ended my mini-rant by stating that it seemed like Caldwell made that decision hoping that #18 would perform a miracle. Sure, we’ve seen amazing endings before but depending on a miracle does not make it a good coaching decision.
    Surprisingly, Polian agreed with all my facts but he agreed with Caldwell’s decision. His points were:
    1) there was no guarantee Jax was going to run out the clock (it sure looked that way to me! I didn’t see any urgency to line up again & DelRio wasn’t using his final timeout there)
    2) Peyton CAN perform miracles so Caldwell was right in trying to get the ball back for him
    3) he quoted Marv Levy “after you make a big coaching decision, the most important thing is what you do after that decision” & then mentioned Hayden’s dropped INT again (in other words, IT IS ALL THE PLAYERS’ FAULT!)
    I shouldn’t be surprised because those guy’s stick together. But it scares the crap out of me that CALDWELL STILL DOESN’T EVEN REALIZE WHAT A TERRIBLE DECISION HE MADE & HIS BOSS BACKS HIM 100%.
    Did anyone else notice that when the cameras cut to Peyton during that Colts timeout, he was talking to someone but held a towel over his mouth so that we couldn’t read his lips??? I bet he was saying something like “WTF is he doing???!!! Our D hasn’t stopped anybody today & now you’re giving them a free timeout & challenged them to throw the ball.”
    Many fans say that Peyton calls the shots…if he truly did, they would have had a shot in OT. Let’s make Peyton the Player-Coach of the Colts!

  58. Jay16 says: Oct 5, 2010 2:33 AM

    TO WINDOG
    Yea, I guess I’m a Moron. LOL! It made media headlines that Wayne was asked on repeated occasions whether it bothered him if Collie was getting more balls(don’t you follow sports). So sure, I think the Colts went in with the gameplan to feed Wayne the ball as much as possible, why wouldn’t I? A week before Michael Vick spread it around with no problem didn’t he? The bottom line is he was soooo “unstoppable” but he was stopped….Didn’t he fumble in the redzone, I think that’s stopping him.

  59. gbsn3219 says: Oct 5, 2010 9:56 AM

    Maddog says: October 4, 2010 4:03 PM
    ROCKSTAR_ says:
    October 4, 2010 1:38 PM
    The thing is… I never trust someone who believes in GOD.
    I mean really… it is a fairy tell to believe we are a higher power and have an afterlife.
    Educate yourself and you learn real quick we are a speck of time on this planet and it is a story. If you spent more brain power on what you want to do and enjoy instead of a fairy tell. You might be good at something.
    ——————– ——————– —–
    Wow, what a deep thinker. Been dying to try and tie that into to a thread somehow have you? Now why don’t you STFU and keep it about football?
    —————————————————-
    Haha… ROCKSTAR is a huge loser!

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