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Colts decision on Caldwell could be coming soon

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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.

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43 Responses to “Colts decision on Caldwell could be coming soon”
  1. joetoronto says: Jan 17, 2012 10:14 AM

    It should be a long discussion, something like….

    “Jim, you’re fired.”

  2. The Unlikely Expat says: Jan 17, 2012 10:15 AM

    Isn’t it amazing how Indianapolis went from Super Bowl runner-up to a tear-down job in two years?

  3. agelardi says: Jan 17, 2012 10:19 AM

    If he were going to be fired, it wouldn’t have taken this long.

  4. wawa33 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:20 AM

    Irsay is a boob child of the 1960s who is ruining his fathers franchise.

  5. permiepoo says: Jan 17, 2012 10:21 AM

    Caldwell has played not to lose… he hasn’t earned the right to stay. I could coach with Peyton Manning as my QB.

  6. jenniferxxx says: Jan 17, 2012 10:24 AM

    Jim, we’ve come to a decision. Get the hell out.

  7. touchdownroddywhite says: Jan 17, 2012 10:24 AM

    Man I can’t wait to taste the tears of all the pompous Colt’s fans I’ve had to live around for the past decade.

  8. AlanSaysYo says: Jan 17, 2012 10:25 AM

    “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.”

    And this should scare Colts fans more than anything. Out goes the guy who’s done this for 30 years, and in comes a guy who said what the owner wanted to hear. Nothing could possibly go wrong in that scenario.

  9. nflovercollegefb says: Jan 17, 2012 10:30 AM

    I’m still amazed he wasn’t gone by 9AM on Jan 2.

  10. realitypolice says: Jan 17, 2012 10:37 AM

    What do you expect?

    The new GM spent the last 9 years in an organization that has kept it’s coach around despite underachieving for years.

  11. luthermad says: Jan 17, 2012 10:40 AM

    “Irsay is a boob child of the 1960s who is ruining his fathers franchise.” May be a boob child but Jim was a key part of the success of the last 12 years. His drunken jerk of a father Bob did all he could to ruin the franchise …just ask a couple million people in and around Baltimore. Jim as odd as he is has been more effective than his father ever was.

    Is Caldwell the best- no, worst – no…but right now is there anyone better…with that talent?

  12. indywilson40 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:41 AM

    If Jim Caldwell stays, then Ryan Grigson is a spineless puppet. There is no way a new GM would retain a 2-14 coach unless it was Irsay’s decision. Irsay needs to step back and let Grigson do his job. The Colts absolutely sucked when Irsay was our GM.

  13. xrateplaya says: Jan 17, 2012 10:41 AM

    I’ve never seen a coach do so little..
    If u put a camera in the firing meeting, u could pan to caldwells face and he’d have that same stupid look he has on his face like the games..

    Hue Jackson sucks!

  14. austrianpanther says: Jan 17, 2012 10:42 AM

    Blinfolds and a cigarette are being purchased in Indy!

  15. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 17, 2012 10:43 AM

    Caldwell served as QB coach to Peyton Manning for six years – as irrelevent position as there is in the NFL – before becoming Tony Dungy’s replacement. He took Dungy’s team to a 14-2 record and a Super Bowl (which they lost) and has followed that up with a 10-6 season WITH Manning, and a 2-14 season WITHOUT Manning (the complete opposite ofhis first season!).

    And Jim Irsay thinks THAT record deserves another season, with a recovering Peyton Manning or a rookie phenom????

    As a Patriots fan I say “Hell yeah!!!!”.

  16. cletusvandam says: Jan 17, 2012 10:46 AM

    Don’t like the Colts, but if they keep Caldwell I actually feel sorry for Colts fans.

  17. austrianpanther says: Jan 17, 2012 10:47 AM

    agelardi says:
    Jan 17, 2012 10:19 AM
    If he were going to be fired, it wouldn’t have taken this long.

    Blindfolds and a cigarette are on it’s way! Should be there within a hour or so.

  18. xli2006 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:49 AM

    It appears Caldwell is staying despite fan sentiment… hmm.

    This is more of a decision on Manning than Caldwell. The Colts may try to keep as much of the “previous structure” around Manning to setup what looks like his final run. Looks like Caldwell and Christensen will return. I’d say Mike Murphy stays at Def Co (who took over toward end of season). If that doesn’t work out, expect a clean sweep of the coaching staff.

    Financially (look at the Salary Cap implications) the Colts cannot trade Manning, it would put them in a Salary Cap nightmare. He has meant too much to this Franchise and city as well to end like that also. Nor does he want to start over at 36 with such an uncertain health situation. The one game changer is Restructuring his deal. As it stands they either Pick up the Option or Don’t (which likely isn’t going to happen unless he retires) so don’t expect a trade.

    It looks like the Manning / Luck depth chart is a very realistic situation. I’m sticking with my prediction of 2 years for Manning and then transitioning to Luck.

  19. realnflmaster says: Jan 17, 2012 10:52 AM

    Sure why not. Enjoy the useless, outdated, Cover-2 for another season Indy!

  20. theandy59 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:53 AM

    Again, I can’t see how the Colts can pay Manning the $28,000,000 roster bonus and then not use whatever draft assets they have to fill the roster out with guys who can help Manning win now. Luck does nothing to help the Colts win in the 2 to 3 year window Manning has left. Peyton will have to find a way to leverage his way out of town and at the same time save his reputation from being tarnished, but I just don’t believe he’s ready to be a mentor for his replacement just yet. This guy wants to win now, and if the Colts management decides that winning now is less important than winning over the next 7 to 10 years (which should be their position), he will ultimately shoot his way out of town.

  21. jmagnet28 says: Jan 17, 2012 10:54 AM

    Well let’s put together the pros and cons of keeping Jim Caldwell shall we?:

    Pros-none

    Cons-plenty

  22. wvuandsteelers says: Jan 17, 2012 10:56 AM

    I wouldn’t hire Jim Caldwell to coach a youth football team. He is the Bill Stewart of the NFL. My guess is Peyton likes him because he leaves him alone. However, Peyton should realize a great coach will only make him better. Poor Andrew Luck if Peyton goes but Caldwell stays.

  23. nothimagain says: Jan 17, 2012 10:58 AM

    I remember Caldwell from his days at Wake Forest and thinking he was as bad a coach as Rich Kotite. Had no idea at the time it was possible to be worse.

  24. hedleykow says: Jan 17, 2012 11:00 AM

    Caldwell is being used only long enough to confirm that Manning will never play again. Manning will then take over as Head Coach.

  25. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Jan 17, 2012 11:00 AM

    Only Jim Irsay would value the benefit of “continuity” over competency”. Jim caldwell NEEDS TO GO!!!!

  26. eknirb says: Jan 17, 2012 11:00 AM

    i believe we want to insert the cliche ‘twisting in the wind’ somewhere in this article.

  27. brenenostler says: Jan 17, 2012 11:01 AM

    He’ll be back. They want to keep the offense the same.

  28. 8man says: Jan 17, 2012 11:01 AM

    This team folded the tent when Manning didn’t return. They’ve proven they can’t win a lick without him, and I’m not sure now they can win with him.

    Time to clean house after the shameful debacle that was 2011 for them. That includes Caldwell. And may include Manning as well.

    I’m sure some team will give them a 1st round pick and something else for Manning. Those picks would complement their drafting of Luck considerably.

  29. silverhornet says: Jan 17, 2012 11:04 AM

    If they fire Caldwell, Fisher will want to renegotiate his contract!!

  30. deadmanwalking47 says: Jan 17, 2012 11:05 AM

    caldwell stunk at wake forest,how he ever got an nfl head coaching job is a mystery in itself!

  31. rocketcrab says: Jan 17, 2012 11:05 AM

    wawa33 says:
    Jan 17, 2012 10:20 AM
    Irsay is a boob child of the 1960s who is ruining his fathers franchise.

    __________________________________

    Wow……..just wow. How dumb is that? His old man burned down a marquee NFL franchise in just a few short years. As much as I dislike the Colts, until recently Jimmy has been a positive influence since the old man died.

  32. habsfanatic says: Jan 17, 2012 11:09 AM

    Um, doesn’t Caldwell have a winning record overall as a head coach? And it wasn’t just Peyton that was injured but a whole bunch of other players too. I wouldn’t be upset if the guy gets a chance to bring the team back after a real tough season…

  33. turtlehut says: Jan 17, 2012 11:18 AM

    As a season ticket holder since the Mayflower came to Indy (1984) I’m glad that they will announce (Tweet?) this decision before March 2, 2012: the day I have to mail in my renewal check for $1260 per ticket on row 11, on the 5 yard line.
    I’ve sat through terrible coaches (Frank Kush, Rick Venturi, Lindy Infante, Rod Dowhower) all of whom look like Hall of Fame material compared to the inept Jim (help the other team with our time outs and no game planning) Caldwell

  34. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jan 17, 2012 11:23 AM

    luthermad says: Jan 17, 2012 10:40 AM

    Is Caldwell the best- no, worst – no…but right now is there anyone better…with that talent?

    ——————————————————

    False, he is the worst. He took a contending team and made them a laughing stock in a very short time. This season proved that w/out Peyton, Caldwell is awful. I am curious as to what Dungy would have looked like in a similar situation.

  35. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 17, 2012 11:42 AM

    I can’t believe they are keeping Caldwell. I almost find it unfair that Brady gets Belichick, Brees gets Sean Payton, Rodgers gets McCarthy, and Peyton gets… Jim Caldwell. These other QBs get offensive gurus to work with them, yet Peyton is basically forced to run the offense/team by himself.

    Caldwell is not head coaching material. Period. No other team in the NFL would consider him as a head coach. Dungy basically handcuffed the Colts and agreed only to stay on during his final year if they made sure Caldwell replaced him. It’s very sad that we will once again be at a disadvantage at the coaching position for another year.

  36. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Jan 17, 2012 11:46 AM

    habsfanatic says: Jan 17, 2012 11:09 AM

    Um, doesn’t Caldwell have a winning record overall as a head coach? And it wasn’t just Peyton that was injured but a whole bunch of other players too. I wouldn’t be upset if the guy gets a chance to bring the team back after a real tough season…
    ———————

    Some coaches win BECAUSE of their coaching, and sometimes coaches win INSPITE of their coaching.

    Sorry, but you cant refer to a winning record with Manning as your QB as the reason you should stay… Take a look at what he’s done when he doesnt have one of the greatest QBs of all time: 25-63 in college, 2-14 in the pros… A combined 27-77 without Manning. Is he really the best they can find??? What a joke!

  37. 2dollarpbrs says: Jan 17, 2012 11:53 AM

    Bye Bye Caldwell

    you are NOT an NFL coach

  38. JackLeone says: Jan 17, 2012 12:08 PM

    “He’s outta there!” They’re taking far to too long to say he going to keep the head coaching job. If he were to remain as coach, why not end the speculation?

  39. jason9696 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:12 PM

    That’s an easy decision. Can him.

  40. chatham10 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:39 PM

    THE ESPN insider John Clayton said on Mike @ Mike this morning that Caldwell will be back and Irsay would not want ESPN to look bad.

  41. goindy2006 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:47 PM

    This should be a no-brainer! Bye bye Jim.

  42. rastaraider says: Jan 17, 2012 12:59 PM

    He sux no coaching skills.. That’s Mannings Team let Him coach n play ha

  43. olsonm4 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:34 PM

    You left out that there are rumors, the new GM Grigson is apparently trying to acquire Spagnuolo as the new Defensive Coordinator. I guess Irsay’s plane made a stop in St Louis and Grigson has a history with Spags.

    All in all I’d like to see the Colts give Caldwell and opportunity to show what he can do without Polians leash in the final year of his contract. Many of the pundits are saying the Colts are doomed to stay home for the playoffs next year anyways. What’s the harm in seeing what he can do with a proper set of coordinators?

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