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Jim Caldwell stands behind timeout decision

On a weekend full of curious time management decisions, Colts coach Jim Caldwell’s timeout towards the end of regulation against Jacksonville was the worst.

We already discussed this one at length Monday.  Caldwell took an unnecessarily huge risk for a low reward, and he paid dearly for it.  The Colts coach stuck by the decision Monday.

“What we look at is this: First of all, you never know if you’re going
to get the ball back in those situations. But the big thing we look at
is if we can get the ball back for our offense, particularly on the
road,” Caldwell said via the Indianapolis Star.  “We don’t necessarily want to go to overtime. If we can win it in
regulation, we want to give it a shot.”

That all makes sense.  If there was more time on the clock and the Jaguars didn’t have a 2nd-and-two. In a very best case scenario, the Colts would have got the ball back with no timeouts on their own 20-yard line with about 20 seconds left. 

Bill Polian talked about the decision on his radio show.  According to Stampede Blue, Polian said Caldwell wasn’t eager to go to overtime because the defense was struggling.   (Yet Caldwell thought they’d stuff the Jaguars twice in a row on second-and-two.) 

The Colts should have been happy Jack Del Rio was playing for overtime, because a coin flip was preferable to keeping the Colts defense on the field in regulation.

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37 Responses to “Jim Caldwell stands behind timeout decision”
  1. LowVoltage says: Oct 5, 2010 11:40 AM

    Caldwell is not a very good coach. The Colts are stuck with mediocrity.

  2. MACHINE GUN IBIZA says: Oct 5, 2010 11:44 AM

    “I agree with Jim Caldwell”
    Mike McCarthy
    “I agree with Jim Caldwell and Mike McCarthy”
    Andy Reid

  3. Dan O'Clock says: Oct 5, 2010 11:45 AM

    Might as well have just gone for two on the game tying TD if he was that worried about overtime.

  4. Ravens Macg says: Oct 5, 2010 11:48 AM

    Now tell me again he’s the coach? Rooney Rule?

  5. D wins games says: Oct 5, 2010 11:50 AM

    The way his D was playing, CLEARLY he should have played for OT and hoped to win the flip. Drives me crazy how coaches will NEVER admit they might change an in-game decision if given another chance.

  6. Chiefs2010 says: Oct 5, 2010 11:51 AM

    Jim Caldwell looks like Admiral Ackbar – the soon to be mascot for Ole’ Miss..
    /and apparently has the end of the game decision making ability of Andy Reid.

  7. Caldon says: Oct 5, 2010 11:57 AM

    The colts don’t admit they do anything wrong.

  8. Dave says: Oct 5, 2010 11:57 AM

    Caldwell: “OK, guys, here’s what we’re gonna do….” Peyton: “Jim, shut up and give me the damn headphones, will ya?”
    Caldwell is a sorry excuse for a coach.

  9. PFTiswhatitis says: Oct 5, 2010 11:58 AM

    Not recognizing his mistake is worse than making the mistake in the first place. Colts fans should be concerned.

  10. KOM2K10 says: Oct 5, 2010 11:58 AM

    The odds of the Colts stopping them from gaining 2 yards on the next 2 plays were close to a 0% chance considering how poor their D has been, especially against the run.
    The odds of them completing a 20-25 yard pass to put them in field goal range is about a 50% chance on that soft Colts D. He shoulda been happy to go into over-time. If he lost the coin toss, then the confidence of stopping them from moving the ball on 2nd and 2 should have carried over into having confidence that they would have stopped the Jags in OT had they gotten the ball. There is no explanation for this other than he didn’t clearly think about everything while in the moment. He and Polian are so arogant that they can’t admit any wrong doing… hence the let down in the Super Bowl and the constant 12 yard cushions their D-Backs are giving opposing WR’s!

  11. FieldySnuts says: Oct 5, 2010 12:02 PM

    I really don’t agree that Jack was playing for OT. If he was, then he wouldn’t have called a timeout after the Addai play was being reviewed. He told the ref after it was reviewed to call a time out. If he was playing for OT why call a time out there?

  12. Citizen Strange says: Oct 5, 2010 12:05 PM

    These are football coaches not rocket scientists and in all honesty 99.999% of them aren’t very bright compared to the average non-football-world smart person.
    I am not the first to say this but teams really should hire someone who is smart and sharp as a tack and have his/her ONLY job be clock management.

  13. bednarik60 says: Oct 5, 2010 12:11 PM

    Caldwell is a terrible coach. What does he even do? His job when he came in was basically let Peyton keep doing his thing. He came into a great situation; all he had to do was not muck it up.

  14. DanSnyderSux says: Oct 5, 2010 12:11 PM

    Ravens Macg says:
    October 5, 2010 11:48 AM
    Now tell me again he’s the coach? Rooney Rule?
    The same way Eric Mangini and Tom Cable are head coaches. Don’t go there!

  15. bspurloc says: Oct 5, 2010 12:17 PM

    as noted last year caldwell is a moron.
    The colts did not get to the super bowl cuz of him.
    they lost cuz of him sitting players losing out on undefeated season ruiing moral…
    he is an idiot

  16. jj jones says: Oct 5, 2010 12:22 PM

    Most important is who will be the next coach of the Colts. Caldwell looks clueless on the sideline and will be canned at the end of the year. Caldwell and Jim Mora 2.0 are two reasons NFL teams should never have the ‘coach in waiting’ crap.

  17. Jeff Smith says: Oct 5, 2010 12:25 PM

    As Vic Ketchman reported, Del Rio wasn’t playing for OT. He called a timeout before the Colts TD play to preserve time on the clock.
    Handing the ball to Jones Drew (who got 8 yards) was a good call. It helped them get into FG range.

  18. slice60 says: Oct 5, 2010 12:29 PM

    I was the guy who called in to the Polian Radio Show & really pushed the issue. Surprisingly, Polian calmly agreed with all of “the facts” (ie. game situations) I had laid out except that he wasn’t convinced Del Rio was playing for OT. I tried to jump back in & argue that point (they didn’t get a big kickoff return so Del Rio chose to run a simple dive, no urgency to line up quickly, no way he uses his final timeout there) but they had already cut me off.
    As a Colts fan, I am now really concerned about Caldwell & Polian. Everything they say seems to put all of the blame on the players.
    Caldwell made a dumb decision…but then they both blamed the D (Polian must have mentioned Hayden’s dropped INT 6 times during the show) for not stopping the Jags from scoring.
    (Hint: If Caldwell did NOTHING, that would have stopped the Jags from scoring too!)
    Whenever personnel issues are brought up, Polian says “we’ve got the guys who can get it done, but they’re just not doing it.”
    (In other words, I’m the best GM in the league but those players as well as they can.)
    Until Sunday, I thought Del Rio was the dumbest Coach in the NFL. Well, Del Rio got out-Del Rio’d by Caldwell on Sunday.

  19. JustinG says: Oct 5, 2010 12:34 PM

    Caldwell, how do you feel about your decision to be the Ultimate Coward last year by benching your undefeated team and running from greatness?
    How’d that decision work out for ya? Terrible head coach. And another terrible decision. Why this bum is employed is beyond me, and I don’t give a hoot about the Colts.

  20. grr215 says: Oct 5, 2010 12:35 PM

    Dave says:
    October 5, 2010 11:57 AM
    Caldwell: “OK, guys, here’s what we’re gonna do….” Peyton: “Jim, shut up and give me the damn headphones, will ya?”
    Caldwell is a sorry excuse for a coach.
    ___________________________________
    I feel your pain Indy fans just hope he doesnt get 11 years to call timeouts at the most inopportune time, like us Eagles fans have had to. Its actually a fun game to play after you realize all is lost, When is Andy going to call a random timeout?

  21. Tom "Horse Toofs" Jackson SUX!!!!! says: Oct 5, 2010 12:37 PM

    # bspurloc says: October 5, 2010 12:17 PM
    as noted last year caldwell is a moron.
    The colts did not get to the super bowl cuz of him.
    they lost cuz of him sitting players losing out on undefeated season ruiing moral…
    he is an idiot
    ______________________________
    I dont think it really mattered last year, they would have lost to the Saints regardless of whether they were 18-0 at the time, or 16-2…..

  22. MACHINE GUN IBIZA says: Oct 5, 2010 12:39 PM

    Caldwell follows a long line of folks who walked into a great job by being loyal to the previous boss. You can go back to Phil Bengston (Lombardi) Siefert (Walsh) and Switzer (Johnson) and look at guys that were given these gifts and proved they were not up to the task.

  23. grr215 says: Oct 5, 2010 12:40 PM

    jj jones says:
    October 5, 2010 12:22 PM
    Most important is who will be the next coach of the Colts. Caldwell looks clueless on the sideline and will be canned at the end of the year. Caldwell and Jim Mora 2.0 are two reasons NFL teams should never have the ‘coach in waiting’ crap.
    ___________________________________
    Everyone know that Caldwell is the stop-gap coach between Tony Dungy and Peyton Manning. As soon as he retires as QB he will become the HC…..the colts can knock out two pressers in one hour, announcing #18’s retirement and the hiring of a new head coach Peyton Manning!

  24. shallowfan says: Oct 5, 2010 12:48 PM

    I would imagine Caldwell regrets the decision. At least own up to the mistake Caldwell and admit that if given the situation again you would do it differently because your job as a coach is to put your players in situations that give them the best chance to win…which you didn’t do.
    I’m not much of a Jets fan, but if Rex Ryan pulled something like this he would at least come out and say, “Ok, I screwed up.”

  25. footballfan says: Oct 5, 2010 12:56 PM

    The Colts announced he was going to be the coach almost 2 seasons before he got the job. They had to know exactly what they were getting. No Rooney rule here, the had 2 seasons to change their minds!!!!

  26. NyJetsTaketheEastin 2010 says: Oct 5, 2010 12:57 PM

    Yeah this guy just looks like he doesnt have a clue whats going on over there,I think the only going through his head on game days ,is Peyton dont get hurt ,Peyton dont get hurt………………….

  27. KOM2K10 says: Oct 5, 2010 1:04 PM

    Even if they weren’t playing for over time, that means they were playing for a field goal. If that’s the case, then why would the Colts call a time out?!?! The Jags had only 1 time out left! The Colts basically gave them a free time out to extend the game! Either way they argue it, it makes no sense!
    The bad call was horrible, but their sorry attempts to cover it up and make the fans sound dumb is getting so old. Not going for 16-0 was a bad idea. Playing the same base 4-3 Defense and getting burned both on the ground or through the air (it’s usually the preference of the oposing team on how they want to beat us). We’re not as dumb as you tell us we are!!

  28. if yer not first... says: Oct 5, 2010 1:10 PM

    So how much longer before it becomes common knowledge that Caldwell is a terrible terrible coach.

  29. clintcooper says: Oct 5, 2010 1:11 PM

    Yet another coach who has no idea how to do the clock management thingy.

  30. mrlaloosh says: Oct 5, 2010 1:11 PM

    Les Miles thinks Caldwell is a genius!!!

  31. brady12 says: Oct 5, 2010 1:23 PM

    It’s all fun and games as a coach until they turn on you. Better have thick skin Jim. With success come a lack of patients.

  32. Coach Stram says: Oct 5, 2010 1:37 PM

    “It’s all fun and games as a coach until they turn on you. Better have thick skin Jim. With success come a lack of patients.”
    ——————————————————–
    Lets hope and pray he’s a better coach than doctor

  33. MLZ says: Oct 5, 2010 1:59 PM

    Of course Caldwell is a genus in his own mind.
    He still defends taking the ball away from Manning by running the ball 3 times and a punt at the end of the first half in the super bowl which let the Saints score and switch the momentum.
    FYI 2009 end of first half Colts Scoring
    Week 2 Dolphins, :02 left FG
    Week 3 Cardinals 2:00 TD
    Week 4 Seahawks 0:09 TD
    Week 7 Rams 1:59 TD
    Week 8 49ers :07 FG
    Week 13 Titans 0:00 FG
    Week 15 Jaguars 0:40 FG
    Weeks 16 & 17 Colts QUIT

  34. tamer says: Oct 5, 2010 2:01 PM

    If Jim Caldwell is a head coach than I’m dying myself black and running for president.

  35. Bob Loblaw says: Oct 5, 2010 2:01 PM

    Like many “mistakes” it was only a mistake in that the gamble didn’t work out. If it had, it would have been the samrt move.
    Look, the Colts ate up the Jags secondary in a game-tying drive just moments earlier, and the Jags were going ultra conservative (the had a running play to start the drive). The Jags looked like a team trying not to lose in regulation, not a team going for the win.
    So Caldwell called a TO to force an unconfident and less talented team to make a play in the pass game. Unfortunately, they did and went on to make a low percentage FG to win.
    Percentagewise, the odds were in Caldwell’s favor that the Jags would make a mistake, and give Manning the ball. And if that happened, there’s no doubt the Colts would have picked up the 30-40 yards for the game-winning FG.

  36. weeb_ewbank says: Oct 5, 2010 2:14 PM

    LOL @ Coach Stram and yeah, you just get the feeling any success the Colts had last year was a) Manning b) hangover from the Dungy era.
    Feels alot like Johnson-> Switzer in Dallas or Gruden -> Callahan in Oakland. One good year riding on the coattails of what had been established and then a fall from grace.

  37. thehouserules says: Oct 6, 2010 10:02 AM

    “If we can win it in regulation, we want to give it a shot.”
    Okay, then go for 2 after the last touchdown, pansy.

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