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Caldwell praises Colts for fighting hard, Irsay says it’s unacceptable

Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell reacts to a call during their NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa Reuters

The Indianapolis Colts are the NFL’s only winless team, and they’ve lost their last three games by a combined 96 points. But coach Jim Caldwell sees some fire in his team.

“You can see that they are going to fight you until the end,” Caldwell said after Sunday’s loss to the Falcons. “They’re just going to keep playing and playing extremely hard, but the thing that we have to do is we have to look at our situation and be honest with it, with everybody. The fact that there are some things that we didn’t do well, that’s why we didn’t win. We kind of look at those situations where we turn it over, and where we aren’t effective in terms of our execution.”

I’m not sure I agree with Caldwell that his players are fighting hard until the end. The Colts have been outscored by a total of 155 points this season, by far the worst point differential in the NFL. Think about that: Even if you take away the Colts’ 62-7 loss to the Saints, they’d still have been outscored by 100 points this year. Those are the numbers of a team whose players have packed it in, not the numbers of a team whose players are fighting hard.

Colts owner Jim Irsay doesn’t seem to think too much of how hard the Colts are playing, posting a frustrated Twitter message Sunday.

“We will never accept this kind of chronic losing,” Irsay wrote. “It’s an unwelcome visitor,that we will not tolerate.”

If Irsay won’t tolerate chronic losing, it’s tough to see how he’s going to tolerate another season of Caldwell.

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49 Responses to “Caldwell praises Colts for fighting hard, Irsay says it’s unacceptable”
  1. alewatcher says: Nov 7, 2011 7:09 AM

    Fighting hard or hardly fighting?

  2. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Nov 7, 2011 7:12 AM

    Take it from a skins fan. Once the losing starts, it can last a long long time…

  3. blkmanwtan says: Nov 7, 2011 7:15 AM

    This coach is Rooney Rule gone wrong. What the Colts were thinking, this guy had a poor coaching record at Wake Forest.

  4. dumbasdirt says: Nov 7, 2011 7:20 AM

    One year of chronic losing to get a franchise QB for the next 15 years?

    It worked for the Colts before and it will work for them again.

  5. mataug says: Nov 7, 2011 7:28 AM

    It feels like the players have just quit on the organization. Obviously the whole thing hasn’t come out but I have never ever seen a team implode like this in my life.
    hey seemed to have a fight in the beginning but with more incoming news of Peyton’s lack of recovery, they just seem to be regressing.

  6. 1historian says: Nov 7, 2011 7:35 AM

    I’m enjoying this – irsay is getting what he had coming.

    colts fans – check back on your indy star of around 2000-2001. irsay threatened to move the team to L.A. unless the city caved and built him a new stadium. So if the city fathers (and moms) had not caved – you in indy would have been sitting in your chairs watching the first game of the 2006 season and hearing the announcer say “Ladies and gentlemen, your world champion los angeles colts!!”

  7. raiderpicksix says: Nov 7, 2011 7:42 AM

    blkmanwtan,

    Apparently you don’t know anything about football or the Rooney Rule. You have to interview a minority coach, not hire one. Caldwell was hired b/c of his relationship with Dungy. Period.

    I don’t know what’s worse: your ill founded assumptions, or your blatant baiting. Either way, it’s pathetic.

  8. irishking says: Nov 7, 2011 7:43 AM

    Caldwell must be sent packing.

  9. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 7, 2011 7:49 AM

    But they will tolerate acute losing (ie. one year). Then it’s Luck to the colts and Peyton to the Redskins for a bunch of picks.

  10. redrocker77 says: Nov 7, 2011 7:54 AM

    No way you’re going 0-16 and get Luck. Screw that, we won’t let you. 2-14 coming your way, courtesy of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

  11. packerman1968 says: Nov 7, 2011 7:56 AM

    Irsay does not have a clue as to what needs to be done.
    He is no more then a junky, who was handed the golden egg.

    He does not have the guts to fire Polian.

    Polian will not fire Caldwell, he wants to run the show and coach the team from the booth.

    Coaches like Cowher and Chucky want full control. If by chance Caldwell does get the ax.

    Polian will hand pick his next puppet.

  12. jdandcoke says: Nov 7, 2011 7:59 AM

    obviously there is no point in firing caldwell now, but if he still has a job next season id be stunned.
    look up the word CLUELESS in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of caldwell the clown.

  13. kegowhisky says: Nov 7, 2011 8:07 AM

    I keep seeing Peyton Manning as the backdrop to all of this. He was so good that he could win with almost any set of weapons. With him gone, the mediocrity of the remaining weapons (granted, some left) becomes more apparent. Now if the Colts win the “Suck for Luck Sweepstakes”, I see it as sad for Peyton that he’ll be overshadowed if Luck has half the career that everyone expects from him. Don’t get me wrong, Manning will still go down as one of the best QBs of all time, but it’s sad to go out on an injury note, followed up by the “kid.”

  14. georgiavol91 says: Nov 7, 2011 8:10 AM

    Caldwell has been a joke since he got the job. I wonder if hiring him was just another example of the Polian’s outsmarting themselves.

  15. jkjdawg1 says: Nov 7, 2011 8:13 AM

    Caldwell rode Dungy’s coattails to the Super Bowl his first year. One word comes to mind when i see his face: milquetoast. the guy has no emotion, no fire. if not for Dungy and Manning’s endorsements, he never would have gotten the job, and i doubt once he is gone we’ll ever see him as a head coach in the NFL again,.

  16. dolphindad says: Nov 7, 2011 8:17 AM

    would the Colts intentionally lose in order to draft Andrew Luck? absolutely. remember this is the franchise (and Irsay family) that moved the team in the middle of the night from Baltimore. snuck out like cowards. C’mon Irsay, stop pretending and feigning indignation. Be a man and admit what you are doing. wouldn’t surprise me if they took Luck and moved the team to LA. think about it.

  17. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Nov 7, 2011 8:23 AM

    How did he even land this job?? They LITERALLY just handed it to him without even interviewing other candidates…

    Really Colts, you guys are THAT good that you wouldnt even consider the idea that there is a better candidate for your HC position from some outside your organization???

    The guy with zero personality and a 23-69 record as a college coach was THE BEST you could come up with?? And then wonder why your team stinks at EVERY phase of a football game and gets blown out by an average of 20 points per game

  18. realitypolice says: Nov 7, 2011 8:33 AM

    Cue all of the “what do you expect him to say” comments.

    Here is what I expect him to say, though I know it will never happen:

    “I’m sorry, Mr. Irsay, but I am obviously not qualified to coach this team. To save you from further embarrassment, I offer my resignation effective immediately”.

    And don’t talk to me about “quitting”. There is nothing dishonorable about offering your resignation when it is clear that you have failed and have lost the confidence of your organization.

    It happens all the time in business.

    What’s so honorable about cashing paychecks you haven’t earned?

  19. umrguy42 says: Nov 7, 2011 8:36 AM

    155 – 62 = 93.

    Just sayin’.

  20. jfd117 says: Nov 7, 2011 8:47 AM

    Suck for Cowher.

  21. alewatcher says: Nov 7, 2011 8:49 AM

    umrguy42 says: Nov 7, 2011 8:36 AM

    155 – 62 = 93.

    Just sayin’.

    ———-

    62 – 7 = 55 (55 point margin)

    155 – 55 = 100

    The article referred to margin points, not total points.

  22. darkchilde00 says: Nov 7, 2011 8:51 AM

    Now we see really how good Manning was. Everyone use to say Brady was better because Manning had more talent around him. The Patriots had a winning record w/o Brady. there is no chance for the Colts to have a winning record w/o Manning.

    Manning for MVP. we see how valuable he really is to the Colts.

  23. raiderpicksix says: Nov 7, 2011 8:52 AM

    On another note, is anybody as excited as me to see the first NFL team in history go 0-16?!

    I don’t know about you guys, but I’m gonna buy my flight and game tickets now and then see if I can get Polian AND Caldwell to sign them after the game!

    **JAZZHANDS**

  24. atcojack says: Nov 7, 2011 8:55 AM

    umrguy42 says:
    Nov 7, 2011 8:36 AM
    155 – 62 = 93.

    Just sayin’.

    ————————————

    Yes but the score differential of 62-7 is 55. And 155-55=100.

    Now go back to your colouring in.

  25. turtlehut says: Nov 7, 2011 8:59 AM

    The players might be playing hard, but the coaching staff is clueless on how to help a losing team.
    They know they will be fired at the end of the season, so they have given up coaching to work on their resumes. The only office staff that are safe are named Irsay, Polian or Foyt (as the son-in-law)

  26. suhnum1fan says: Nov 7, 2011 9:00 AM

    Suck for Luck sweepstakes? You betcha

  27. dolphins4 says: Nov 7, 2011 9:04 AM

    No team can win with Curtis Painter at QB.

  28. shallowfan says: Nov 7, 2011 9:09 AM

    If the colts have the opportunity to draft andrew luck they are going to have to dump manning…not enough $$$ for both.

    Also, if they are going to draft luck, whether they are losing on purpose doesn’t really matter to me, do they really want Caldwell and this coaching staff to be the one to develop him? I say a big NO.

    Either Caldwell is being told to lay down by the suits or he just plain sucks…either way he should be gone next season…or today, either way.

  29. waltdawg says: Nov 7, 2011 9:20 AM

    We are currently accepting all “Chronic Losing” applications and have a slew of openings. We have hosted chronic losers since the early 90s.

    Posted By Redskins Job Board

  30. silverhornet says: Nov 7, 2011 9:22 AM

    If the Colts don’t fire Caldwell in the next couple of weeks they should lose their #1 overall pick. It’s quite obvious what they are doing.

  31. wtfru2 says: Nov 7, 2011 9:23 AM

    Move over Lions, here we come…..

  32. winnerwinnerchickendinner14 says: Nov 7, 2011 9:31 AM

    umrguy42 says:
    Nov 7, 2011 8:36 AM
    155 – 62 = 93.

    Just sayin’.

    ———————-

    Yeah, except he was talking about point DIFFERENTIAL. So….

    62 – 7 = 55

    155 – 55 = 100

    You have the math skills down. Now you just need some reading comprehension skills to go along with it and you could then be a PFT editor.

    Just sayin’.

  33. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Nov 7, 2011 9:41 AM

    By the way… This team isnt on the “suck for Luck” campaign… It has been said many times before this year that the Colts are a bad team without Manning… Some said 0-16… Some said 4-12. The truth is they suck even when they are actually trying.

    They are this bad!

    Its a sad day when players and coaches have to convice people… “Trust us… We’re trying hard, but we reaaly do stink this bad” Lol

  34. eagleswin says: Nov 7, 2011 9:42 AM

    shallowfan says:
    Nov 7, 2011 9:09 AM
    If the colts have the opportunity to draft andrew luck they are going to have to dump manning…not enough $$$ for both.

    Also, if they are going to draft luck, whether they are losing on purpose doesn’t really matter to me, do they really want Caldwell and this coaching staff to be the one to develop him? I say a big NO.

    Either Caldwell is being told to lay down by the suits or he just plain sucks…either way he should be gone next season…or today, either way.
    —————————
    Rookie contracts are alot lower now. As long as Luck is under his rookie contract they could fit both. My opinion is that they had a good idea what was going to happen in the offseason if they didn’t address the QB situation and their other needs. They elected to passively make a play for Luck and hope lightning strikes twice in the same spot. The Polians will both be gone in 2-3 years if they don’t draft the “next Peyton Manning”. You don’t need to tell players or coaches to lose, you just need to put them in a position to fail.

  35. realitypolice says: Nov 7, 2011 9:42 AM

    shallowfan says:
    Nov 7, 2011 9:09 AM
    If the colts have the opportunity to draft andrew luck they are going to have to dump manning…not enough $$$ for both.
    =======================

    I also think they have to dump Manning if they want Luck.

    I believe, and I’ve said it before, that if the Colts have the first pick and they don’t promise Luck that he starts right away, he’ll go back to Stanford.

    The days of the 50 million guaranteed for the number one pick are long gone, and it’s not like Luck needs money right away- his family ain’t exactly poor. His father was an NFL QB and is making $390k per year on a 5-year contract as AD at West Virginia.

    Why would this kid want to step into a situation where he is sitting on the bench for 2-3 years when he doesn’t have to?

  36. eagleswin says: Nov 7, 2011 9:44 AM

    raiderpicksix says:
    Nov 7, 2011 8:52 AM
    On another note, is anybody as excited as me to see the first NFL team in history go 0-16?!

    I don’t know about you guys, but I’m gonna buy my flight and game tickets now and then see if I can get Polian AND Caldwell to sign them after the game!

    **JAZZHANDS**
    ————————————–

    I’m pretty sure the Lions beat the Colts to the punch on the perfect season.

  37. alewatcher says: Nov 7, 2011 10:02 AM

    raiderpicksix says: Nov 7, 2011 8:52 AM

    On another note, is anybody as excited as me to see the first NFL team in history go 0-16?!

    ————–

    First season watching football?

  38. whoisgonnasing says: Nov 7, 2011 10:03 AM

    No idea how this guy even got the job. Not like he has some terrific record of success. Seems Herm Edwardish to me.

  39. southpaw2k says: Nov 7, 2011 10:04 AM

    realitypolice says:
    Nov 7, 2011 9:42 AM
    shallowfan says:
    Nov 7, 2011 9:09 AM
    If the colts have the opportunity to draft andrew luck they are going to have to dump manning…not enough $$$ for both.
    =======================

    I also think they have to dump Manning if they want Luck.

    I believe, and I’ve said it before, that if the Colts have the first pick and they don’t promise Luck that he starts right away, he’ll go back to Stanford.

    ———————————————-

    I’m not sure Luck would have such an option. College players have to declare for the draft in mid-January, long before any of them perform at the combine or have their pro days, much less have a team negotiate contracts with them. If Luck declares for the draft and the Colts have the #1 overall pick, the earliest they’d be able to work out a contract would be the week of the draft. Luck wouldn’t be able to change his mind about going back to school by then. He could potentially pull an Eli Manning and force the Colts to trade him to another team, but I’m not sure I see that happening.

  40. raiderpicksix says: Nov 7, 2011 10:07 AM

    eagleswin says: Nov 7, 2011 9:44 AM
    I’m pretty sure the Lions beat the Colts to the punch on the perfect season.

    —————————-

    Damn, completely forgot about the ’08 Lions.

    Seriously, you can’t have Luck and Manning on the same team. It’s just a waste of value. You can’t take a guy #1 overall, pay him that kind of money, and then say, hey, sit for 2-3 years. It just doesn’t make any sense.

  41. golonger says: Nov 7, 2011 10:14 AM

    right…if the Colts (and their idiot fans) are holding out hope that Luck is the answer for this team, they need a serious reality check….QB isn’t the main problem on this team….it is their high school defense. Even with Manning they have 2 wins at best.

    Luck = the next Jim Plunkett

  42. snarkzilla says: Nov 7, 2011 10:15 AM

    Nobody’s playing Suck for Luck except sportswriters and bloggers. I’m glad we’re nearing the end of this nonsense.

    Even if the Colts get Luck in the draft and he lives up to most of the hype, the Colts should be undergoing major rebuilding. Starting with the GM.

  43. brutus9448 says: Nov 7, 2011 10:37 AM

    they’ve packed it in. If they think Luck is their saviour they have another thing coming. colts are done.

  44. blackqbwhiterb says: Nov 7, 2011 10:44 AM

    I think it’s a statement about the character of the players on this team that they’ve basically cashed in the season already. A poor showing, particularly by the defense- what’s their excuse, Peyton didn’t play defense? A shame for Colts fans for sure….

  45. knn9413 says: Nov 7, 2011 10:53 AM

    Just give them a chance and wait for the Pats game. Curtis Painter will be the next Peyton Manning

  46. jetsetfred says: Nov 7, 2011 11:09 AM

    I hope Luck Pulls a Eli!

  47. slammincamnewton says: Nov 7, 2011 11:10 AM

    I’m sorry but even with Peyton Manning, this is a 7-8 win team. That defense is atrocious. They can’t run. The line sucks. But atleast they’d have a QB who could get a WR the ball.

  48. yycfin says: Nov 7, 2011 11:55 AM

    Transparent,unacceptable performance for NFL fans that spend hard earned money to watch this clear attempt to Suck for Luck. Shame on the entire Colts organization!

  49. mogogo1 says: Nov 7, 2011 12:27 PM

    Plenty of blame to go around, but I wouldn’t start with the players. This is not a really talented team, and that is the front office’s fault. Manning’s greatness disguised that for years, but there’s no denying now that they’re just not very good. They thought so little of Painter that when Manning got hurt their first move was to hire a guy out of retirement. Even THEY knew their roster was incredibly weak.

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