Last week, the Colts hired a new G.M. in Ryan Grigson. But the team has not yet announced whether coach Jim Caldwell will be joining the Polians as a former employee of the team.
Much focus has been given to a Monday mailbag column from Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, in which Chappell writes that he envisions that a decision will be coming soon. It’s unclear, however, whether Chappell is actually reporting that as hard news.
“I expect something to be announced Tuesday, Wednesday at the latest,” Chappell writes. “And I expect Caldwell to return. I know that’s not what you or a lot of Colts fans want to hear. Just a feeling I have.”
If Chappell’s “feeling” is that an announcement will be made Tuesday or Wednesday, it’s just that: a feeling. If his “feeling” is that Colts fans don’t want to hear that Caldwell will be back, then the expectation takes on greater weight.
Either way, if this were the Star moving an item that the coach isn’t getting fired, it would likely appear in something other than a space-filling Q& routine.
If Caldwell stays, the fans could revolt. Phillip B. Wilson of the Star writes that rumors are pointing to Caldwell staying, and that paying customers are vowing to vote with their wallets if that happens.
Still, it won’t be a surprise if Caldwell sticks around. Tony Dungy of Football Night In America explained prior to the Bengals-Texans wild-card game that owner Jim Irsay likely plans to keep Caldwell, to retain Peyton Manning if healthy, and to select Andrew Luck with the first pick in the draft. Of the eight candidates for G.M. that Irsay screened and hired in little more than one week’s time, it would have been a major upset if the winner didn’t say to Irsay that which Irsay wanted to hear on those fairly important matters.