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Before firing Caldwell, Colts interviewed Spagnuolo


Here’s a weird twist on the news today that the Colts have fired head coach Jim Caldwell: Before the firing, the Colts were beginning the process of assembling a coaching staff for 2012 — and Caldwell was involved in that process.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo interviewed for the Colts defensive coordinator position, and Caldwell was one of the people Spagnuolo interviewed with, along with other team officials.

It’s surprising that the Colts would have Caldwell involved in interviewing assistant coaching candidates one day and then fire him the next. Typically teams get the head coach in place first before they start interviewing assistants.

But the Colts have done a lot of surprising things this offseason. It’s probably safe to say there will be some more surprises coming out of Indianapolis in the coming months.

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24 Responses to “Before firing Caldwell, Colts interviewed Spagnuolo”
  1. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jan 17, 2012 3:30 PM

    Of course it’s strange. You have Irsay pulling the strings from behind the curtain now. Expect things to remain strange….

  2. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jan 17, 2012 3:31 PM

    And let’s be honest. Looks can be decieving, but to anyone that watched a lot of colts games Caldwell always had that look on his face. The “dar…what’s going on here” kind of look. He always seemed lost or confused, at least he appeared that way.

  3. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Jan 17, 2012 3:32 PM

    Some guys are better as coordinators than they are Head coaches…. Id love to see Spags in Indy!

  4. bigjdve says: Jan 17, 2012 3:32 PM

    Either that or they were trying to see how Spags would work with the other staff. Maybe they want Spags and he said that he wasn’t really interested in working with Caldwell. We just don’t know yet.

  5. earthtopft says: Jan 17, 2012 3:38 PM

    Spags got a call telling him he’d been hired by Jim Caldwell, of no fixed address.

  6. 6ball says: Jan 17, 2012 3:43 PM


    You could argue that the man needed to be replaced …..fair enough.

    Then fire him !!! Don’t leave him swinging in the breeze, holding i nterviews. There’s no reason to turn him into a chump.


  7. rascalmanny says: Jan 17, 2012 3:53 PM

    Funny stuff going on in Indy today.

    What’s the story behind the story?

  8. eaglesw00t says: Jan 17, 2012 3:57 PM

    Spags was probably interviewing for HC, and Caldwell didnt understand…

  9. paleandpasty says: Jan 17, 2012 4:00 PM

    The conversation must have been, “Hey Caldwell remember yesterday when we interviewed Spags for your staff, well spags isn’t going to be on your staff next year because you don’t have one now, becuase your fired. I know this is awkward for me too.”

  10. AlanSaysYo says: Jan 17, 2012 4:01 PM

    Spags: “What job is this interview for again?”

    Caldwell: [blank stare] [nearly inaudible digestion noises]

    Irsay: “We are all meant to bask in the light of Aquarius.”

  11. stonedolphin89 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:02 PM

    It’s nice, having another franchise who understands the pain of having an owner who does idiotic things.

  12. lilrob10201 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:03 PM

    Why would you want Spags at HC after failing as one for the Rams ?He is a DC.

  13. justwinbaby29 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:08 PM

    Colts ownership is the new Raiders. As a Raider fan I don’t wish that on any team – glad my team is back in 2012.

    Manning was so good – so good – he overcame a lot. This franchise is headed for a bunch of tough years. Maybe Luck should pull an Elway/Eli while he can.

  14. rollteal says: Jan 17, 2012 4:09 PM

    Spags: “What job is this interview for again?”

    Caldwell: [blank stare] [nearly inaudible digestion noises]

    Irsay: “We are all meant to bask in the light of Aquarius.”

    That’s just classic. ^^^^^

  15. mhalt99 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:18 PM

    Why would you want Spags at HC after failing as one for the Rams ?He is a DC.

    yeah one shot and you’re done. that’s how it should be. nobody ever learns or grows. glad the patriots never hired that LOSER from cleveland….what was his name…bob…bobby…..oh yeah it was that bill belichick guy……….boy he sucks. he should just quit coaching altogether

  16. baboushka says: Jan 17, 2012 4:19 PM

    The situation in Indy gets weirder by the day. The Mayor and Governor better take a peek over in Baltimore. Irsay may fire them next and move the Colts to LA in the dead of night!

  17. baboushka says: Jan 17, 2012 4:23 PM

    And if I was Andrew Luck I’d bail out of this opera before it even begins. He should let Irsay know that if drafted he won’t serve, if he has any queasiness about what’s going on in Indy.

  18. brenenostler says: Jan 17, 2012 4:28 PM

    Is the new head coach is going to bring in his own OC, then we may as well trade Manning. He isn’t going to want to learn a new system. That’s the only reason I didn’t want Caldwell to go.

  19. FinFan68 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:35 PM

    Is it possible that Caldwell showed his incompetence during Spags’ interview? Watching Caldwell’s questionable calls during some games showed he was not the sharpest of coaches. Listening to a few of his pressers, it is obvious to me that Caldwell was a mere parrot. He seemed to be waiting for someone else (Irsay, Polian, Manning) to set the tone so he knew what to say. Maybe Grigson or Irsay finally realized that he may be a good guy but he is not what the colts need right now.

  20. beeronthefridge says: Jan 17, 2012 4:42 PM

    RE: Belicheat,

    Without Lawrence Taylor, no superbowls with giants.

    Without Brady, he would been long gone from the patriots.

  21. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Jan 17, 2012 5:22 PM


  22. equtrader says: Jan 17, 2012 8:16 PM

    Me thinks Tressel but who would replace him in the replay booth?

  23. mhalt99 says: Jan 18, 2012 8:03 AM

    RE: Belicheat,

    Without Joe Montana no super bowls for san fran…oh wait they had superstar Steve Young. Without Drew Brees no SB for peyton
    Without Aikman, SMith a& Irving no SB for Johnson
    Without Ray Lewis not SB for……

    there isn’t a head coach alive that has won the Super Bowl without superior players. the players make the coach and the coach makes the players. plenty of coaches have of course underperformed with talent all around.

  24. deathmonkey41 says: Jan 18, 2012 1:56 PM

    Spagnoulo is living off a single game that showcased a very talented defense. If he’s hired by another NFL team and puts out the same sloppy, porous defense he did in St. Louis for the past three seasons, I wonder if everyone will still want “Spags” because he’s a defensive genius?

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