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Colts fire defensive coordinator Larry Coyer

Jack Del Rio is not the only AFC South coach losing his job today. The Indianapolis Colts have announced that they fired defensive coordinator Larry Coyer.

In a statement released by the team, Colts head coach Jim Caldwell said, “The move was made to improve communication and production.”

“We feel this is the most effective and realistic way to move forward and win games this season,” Caldwell added. “We appreciate all of the effort and hard work Larry Coyer put forth in his three years with the Colts.”

Colts linebackers coach Mike Murphy has been assigned to the defensive coordinator position. Murphy is in his 14th season with the Colts.

It’s not at all surprising that heads would roll in Indianapolis, considering that the Colts are by far the worst team in the league. But the timing of the move is strange, as is the decision to single out Coyer when everyone in Indianapolis should be on the hottest of hot seats after this debacle of a season.

Coyer is the first to go, but it seems safe to say he’ll be far from the only one who loses his job with the Colts in the weeks ahead.

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58 Responses to “Colts fire defensive coordinator Larry Coyer”
  1. rudwo says: Nov 29, 2011 12:46 PM

    The Polians and Caldwell also need to go.

    Clean house Irsay!

  2. delintzman says: Nov 29, 2011 12:48 PM

    Jim Caldwell said, “The move was made to improve communication and production.” HaHaHaHa.. realllly! This from a guy that wears a headset but NEVER speaks into it. I thought he was an intern the first time I saw him walking the sidelines.

  3. dburgoyne says: Nov 29, 2011 12:48 PM

    A declining franchise…..hope Manning enjoys his one ring.

  4. damnsureis says: Nov 29, 2011 12:49 PM

    Coyer had to know it was coming when he saw the blank stare on Jim Caldwell’s face.

  5. allisab says: Nov 29, 2011 12:49 PM

    “We have the WORST offense in the league…so let’s fire our defensive coordinator.” Colts logic.

  6. Iamthatguy says: Nov 29, 2011 12:50 PM

    Did Manning give his approval on this move?

    Mr. Manning will not be calling the shots anymore so expect Caldwell and the whole coaching staff to be axed.
    Now that its only a matter of a few months before Andy Luck takes over Indy, the process of gently pushing the real Head Coach…Mr. Manning out the door begins.

    Tony Dungee wasn’t the head coach and Jim Caldwell isn’t. It was and is Mr. Manning

  7. ricardoheinze says: Nov 29, 2011 12:51 PM

    Not good enough, the only coach that should remain in Indy is Payton.

  8. djteknision1200 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:51 PM

    I sure hope there is more to come…because this season was a total mess from top to bottom. I know they lost Peyton..but come on..The 2008 Patriots lost Brady for the season but still was able to win 11 games!! You telling me the Colts can’t win at least 3 games without Peyton? The whole coaching staff needs to be fired!!

  9. goindy2006 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:51 PM

    Get rid of Coldwell too or whatever his name is!!!

  10. thetwilightsown says: Nov 29, 2011 12:51 PM

    Next step: Get rid of a Head Coach that doesn’t have a team even kind of prepared for losing their QB.

  11. kosarkid says: Nov 29, 2011 12:52 PM

    That’ll get them in the win column

  12. kosarkid says: Nov 29, 2011 12:52 PM

    How long before Manning decides to retire and is named Offensive Coordinator?

  13. yevrag3535 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:53 PM

    Don’t forget the Eagles and Andy Reid, why can’t thay get into this mix also.

  14. randomguy9999 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:53 PM

    and the preparation for the Luck era begins….

    the Colts getting Luck after Manning is the most unfair thing in NFL draft history…

  15. pigskinswag says: Nov 29, 2011 12:54 PM

    I read the first part of the headline and saw “Colts fire” and assumed that it was going to go on to say “alleged head coach Jim Caldwell”. Damn.

  16. stampede101 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:55 PM

    Some how…some way…Tebow’s fingerprints are on this move. #6degreesofTebow

  17. rhetoric1 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:56 PM

    Colts not even trying to hide that they’re entering tank formation

  18. Ralphie says: Nov 29, 2011 12:57 PM

    “It’s not at all surprising that heads would roll in Indianapolis, considering that the Colts are by far the worst team in the league. ”

    They’re not the worst team in the league. They have the “worst record” in the league. They are blatantly throwing the games so they can get Luck. It’s absolutely freakin’ shameless. They look like an NBA team tanking (pre-lottery).

  19. aaronrwest says: Nov 29, 2011 12:58 PM

    Colts: “What can we do to win yet this year?”

    Jaguars fire their coach.

    Colts: “Oh we’re allowed to do that right now?”

    Colts fire their coach.

    Sums up the seeming cluelessness in Indy right now…

  20. Land Snark says: Nov 29, 2011 12:58 PM

    He’s the fall guy; the patsy.

    Where do people come up with lines like “to improve communication we’re going to fire our defensive coordinator and promote our LB coach.”?

    Seriously. The wheels have not just fallen off the wagon in Indy, they’ve gone rolling off in 4 different directions.

  21. cjspiller12 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:58 PM

    That’s what it comes down to when your “throw” games to get the number one pick. You don’t get beat by someone 62-3 or whatever it was in today’s NFL. The difference between the best team in the NFL and worst team in the NFL is so very small. Funny how the Rams the next week put it on the Saints after the Saints crused the Colts. They have the same defense, Manning didn’t play defense. You can’t tell me that the Colts are not throwing these games. Manning will never play another snap for the Colts, you can bank on it. There should be an investigation into this.

  22. 4evrnyt says: Nov 29, 2011 1:00 PM

    The timing of this is definitely peculiar. Why would you make this move now, what do you gain?

    If it was Caldwell’s decision then I’d say it was an attempt to deflect blame and show that he’s willing to make changes to his staff in order to keep his own job however with that said I’m pretty sure that Caldwell doesn’t make any decisions for that team what so ever.

    So if it’s not a coaches decision then it really just seems like another move that exposes the front office’s ineptness even further. The people in charge of running the team have failed to properly put a competitive team on the field, they have failed to build a well rounded team and now they are showing that they don’t know how to handle all of this crushing failure and are lashing out with even more bad decisions.

    Good “Luck” colts fans cause you are going to need it(him).

  23. 13car says: Nov 29, 2011 1:02 PM

    Manning for MVP! The colts would have at least been 9-7 with him.

  24. jsho55 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:04 PM

    Does that mean Manning has to now coach both the offense and the defense when he returns?

  25. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Nov 29, 2011 1:06 PM

    Caldwell needs to be canned like Del Rio. No other coach has ever looked as uninterested in the game or emotionless than him. Maybe Jim Zorn, but other than that there is no way this guy has the ability to motivate anyone or anything. Just put Manning in charge now.

  26. goawayeverybody says: Nov 29, 2011 1:07 PM

    I’m as interested in the next person in an 0-11 team with no chance of making the playoffs, but where are the power rankings?

  27. aboveaveragejoe11 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:07 PM

    What a lame token gesture to give off some inkling of a desire to win a game this season. But it’s about time some Colts’ heads start to roll. Thank you Jags for starting a trend.

    Jim Caldwell….you’re on the clock. I figure you’re next after the Pats embarrass (further) a once-proud Colts team this Sunday.

  28. trbowman says: Nov 29, 2011 1:09 PM

    Curtis ‘I should have been a’ Painter should be next.

  29. realitypolice says: Nov 29, 2011 1:10 PM

    That’s odd, the defensive coordinator is not typically the organization member responsible for making sure the team has a competent backup QB.

  30. terripet says: Nov 29, 2011 1:10 PM

    the colts should of waited til they wrapped up the number 1 pick

  31. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Nov 29, 2011 1:11 PM

    PLEASE dont stop there… Everyone can see Caldwell is no leader… He should be next!!

  32. i3addog says: Nov 29, 2011 1:12 PM

    Regardless it’s Green Bay’s year once again.

  33. richm2256 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:16 PM

    The Colts offense has broken 20 points just once in 11 games ……. yeah, let’s fire the DC.

  34. bearsrulepackdrool says: Nov 29, 2011 1:19 PM

    In other news, Tom Brady posted printed this article and posted inside the teams locker room and was heard addressing the offense in his best Oprah voice:

    “You get a touchdown! You get a touchdown! and guess what?! Everyone gets a touchdown!”

    Colts shouldn’t even suit up for this game.

  35. mksnpcola says: Nov 29, 2011 1:19 PM

    There, I fixed it.

  36. v2the4 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:21 PM

    caldwell is next…this guy had one good year at wake forest, then the bottom fell out….same with the colts…..he took them to the super bowl, lost to the Saints…..blew the first round playoff game last year vs the Jets, and now without Manning, the bottom has fell out as they are 0-11, and will probably finish 1-15..

    you have to wonder if he gets a pass because they didnt have Manning or a capable backup behind him? The backup is the fault of the Polians, but heck, can you blame any backup QB for not wanting to go to Indy when he knows Peyton wants to hog every snap in practice and garbage time with handoffs while they were winning by 30?

    Andrew Luck may be very unlucky in Indy

  37. realnflmaster says: Nov 29, 2011 1:28 PM

    Who cares. He’s gonna be replaced with another Cover-2 schmuck. The most useless defense in the history of the NFL. It only works when you QB scores 35 points a game, then your Cover-2 giving up 30 doesn’t matter.

  38. blackdb says: Nov 29, 2011 1:34 PM

    The colts talent level on defense is by far the worst in the NFL excluding Freeny and Mathis. They have no corners, no defensive tackles and linebackers are castoffs and late round pics. This smells like the Polian family covering up their mistakes by offering a sacrifice. The Colts defense has not been any good but with any offense at all they should have won 5-6 games. Trying to fix the least of your problems and overlooking poor personnel descisions and bad QB, Oline play is not the answer!

  39. havok82 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:37 PM

    The Colts are pathetic. If we needed any more information on them throwing in the towel, they just announced that Dan “I was on the 0-16 Lions” Orlovsky is their starter. JFC. I just hope Irsay cleans house at the end of the year. Bill Polian has done enough damage to the NFL with all these wacky passing rules and shackles on defenses so he could get his team a ring. It worked, but it screwed up the NFL. Now you can’t play defense anymore.

  40. j0esixpack says: Nov 29, 2011 1:39 PM

    Give me a break – Polian’s entire strategy this season is to lose. We’ve seen players purposefully fumble the ball and now we’re supposed to believe that Polian is upset with his defensive coordinator?

    If he’s guilty of anything it’s probably that Coyer didn’t suck enough in the Suck for Luck campaign, as evidenced by his giving up only 17 points against Jacksonville. That’s just too close for comfort.

    This also might be Polian attempting to convince Goodell and the rest of the NFL that he’s actually NOT trying to lose, and avoid the inception of an NFL Draft Lottery in the future.

  41. litemater95 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:41 PM

    “Communication” This from the same coach who cant communicate timeouts?

  42. massappeal12345 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:44 PM

    No matter how bad a coach is, if he is black and you fire him, you will have jessie jackson and Wilbon on you.

    Look what they did to Notre Dame for firing ineptness.

  43. jeepin08 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:45 PM

    Well now, that should certainly fix all their problems.

  44. davidtmp says: Nov 29, 2011 1:49 PM

    So what do the Colts do when Andrew Luck decides he’s going to stay for his senior year at Stanford? I mean, would it be smart? That first pick isn’t guarenteed a boat load of cash anymore. Does Peyton all the sudden regenerate that nerve over the spring and ready to go for training camp and save the franchise again? What a mess!

  45. profootballwalk says: Nov 29, 2011 2:00 PM

    Just knowing that all the big-talking Colts fans are walking around with faces like they had poop smeared on their upper lip is enough for me.

  46. donmega72 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:19 PM

    Why not fire the O-Coordinator and put Manning in his place? He basically runs the team as it is now.

  47. freddyfreeloader says: Nov 29, 2011 2:44 PM

    blackdb says: Nov 29, 2011 1:34 PM

    The colts talent level on defense is by far the worst in the NFL excluding Freeny and Mathis. They have no corners, no defensive tackles and linebackers are castoffs and late round pics.


    Colts defense is not especially talented, but you overstate their shortcomings. Besides Freeney and Mathis (the best pass-rushing tandem in the NFL), they have a couple of promising young DT’s (Moala and Nevis); one of the best young linebackers in the NFL (Angerer, who was a 2d round pick, btw); a great free-safety in Bethea, who has had pro-bowl caliber seasons (although this is not one of his better years); and an above average young corner in Jerraud Powers (3d round pick in ’09).

    Are there holes? Yes, big ones. The secondary is the biggest problem. Coverage abilities are subpar, which is why the Colts play so much cover-2. They need another good corner (their 2d, 3d, and 4th corners are all pretty bad). They need a good strong safety (Bullitt, their current SS, is pretty good, but on IR). And they need to add a playmaking OLB.

    But they’ve also had some injuries. Their defensive captain and signal caller, Bracket is on IR, along with starting SS Bullitt.

    Things could be much worse for this defense. There is a battery of good players to build around, but some are getting older the the Colts are probably going to have to let go of a couple of long-time starters (Bracket, maybe Mathis).

  48. udwnwitjpp says: Nov 29, 2011 2:46 PM

    Cmon reese fewell shuld be nex yea we missn two starters n replaced dem wit youth n more speed and look jus pitiful

  49. tatatoothy says: Nov 29, 2011 2:47 PM

    Like putting a bandaid on a gunshot wound

  50. celly84 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:12 PM

    Maybe Raheem Morris can pick him up to handle the D-cor position for our Bucs and allow Rah to handle the head coaching duties more. If he still wants to call the plays, fine, but he needs someone to help him handle the defense.

  51. killxswitch says: Nov 29, 2011 3:22 PM

    It’s a start. But it seems silly to fire the DC when the offense can’t score and neither side of the ball has enough talent or drive to win a game. Hopefully the next to get the axe is Caldwell, then Polian himself.

  52. rajbais says: Nov 29, 2011 3:22 PM

    Just fire Caldwell too!!!

    The guy was a great beneficiary, not a good coach!!!

  53. dolphins4 says: Nov 29, 2011 4:09 PM

    I hope Andrew Luck stays in college for his senior year.

  54. Derty Ernie says: Nov 29, 2011 4:22 PM

    Hey, the colts didn’t just lose Manning for the season, they kept a lot of older players longer than they should have. They needed fresh blood and waited to long.
    Now, even if Manning returns, he will need a running game and a very good Offensive line to protect his neck being crused.
    The Colts are in trouble the next few years so they need to clean out some more people.

  55. terrellblowens says: Nov 29, 2011 5:24 PM

    I like how caldwell said the move will help them “win games”. With an “s”. As in, he thinks they can win more than one game

  56. turtlehut says: Nov 29, 2011 5:24 PM

    Since anybody would be better than Caldwell, you have to keep him around, otherwise his interim replacement might win some games and let Luck slip away.

  57. brokenrope says: Nov 30, 2011 1:42 AM

    I always wondered from the get go who this guy (Caldwell) was. I mean this guy was lifeless as a Macy’s department store dummy! No emotion whatsoever,hello are the headphones working?
    I came to the conclusion that this guy must be a spectator with special sideline season tickets. I mean what else could he be doing? With that being said this guy is not an NFL coach at any level.
    A team just doesn’t roll over and quit because of one QB as mentioned before the Patriots did it
    (11 games) without Brady.
    So lets take the season tickets away from Caldwell and let Jack Del Rio finish the job.
    Are you listening Colts!!

  58. shallowfan says: Nov 30, 2011 3:27 PM

    I agree with the Larry Coyer move, because they have talent on that defense and can’t get the job done. They are getting blown out not because of the offense, but because of the defense.

    That being said I still think Caldwell has to go as well. It all falls on his shoulders. I don’t agree with the whole “to improve communication” thing. If my boss wants to improve communication with me he will call me into his office everyday or come to mine and talk frequently so we are on the same page. Who is in charge in Indy…besides Manning?

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