Indianapolis Star thinks Caldwell is a goner

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The biggest columnist writing for the only paper in Indianapolis thinks Jim Caldwell is going to get fired by the Colts.

Florio delved deeply into the Colts’ dysfunction earlier Monday, wondering who could take the fall for Indy’s sad season.  Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star thinks Caldwell is a goner.

“It was so bad, it’s hard to imagine that Jim Caldwell and most of his staff will somehow survive beyond the season. Caldwell didn’t just lose a game Sunday night, he lost his team,” Kravitz wrote.

He later said it was a fait accompli that Caldwell will be elsewhere next year.

“[Colts owner] Jim Irsay doesn’t like to be embarrassed, especially not on national TV,” Kravitz wrote.

For now, the Caldwell talk seems to be mostly just informed speculation. But Sunday night’s game could linger and it’s a depressing time in Indianapolis.

There is an article on the Star’s website Monday discussing whether the Colts, Rams, or Dolphins are the worst team in the league.

We’d still vote for the Rams, but the Colts are making a strong case.

94 responses to “Indianapolis Star thinks Caldwell is a goner

  1. Yawn. Something tells me we’ll see his scared, yet passively-perplexed face somewhere else, but not nearly close to a HC position.

  2. It appears that Peyton Manning is worth at least 8 wins. I can even comprehend that. Has there ever been a player in history worth that many wins to a team? If they come back next year and make the playoffs we should just name this guy MVP every year going forward. Even the seasons after he retires. Plus go back retroactively.

  3. Name one thing he’s done that’s been an improvement for the Colts. With or without Peyton.

    Just one thing. One game where his coaching/decisions won what would have been a loss.

    Just one.

  4. People who thought that Peyton Manning made this team a playoff contender were crazy. You don’t give up 62 points because your quarterback isn’t good. The best thing for everyone would be for the Colts to draft Luck and trade Manning to a solid team that needs a quarterback. Manning could finish his career with a contender and the Colts could rebuild faster.

  5. This was a misleading title. Maybe I’m the dumb one, but I thought this was going to be about a star player saying he thought Caldwell would get fired lol.

  6. It’s not Caldwell’s fault, but in the NFL somebody has to take the blame: Enter Caldwell as the fall guy. Unfair, yes. But that’s how this game is played.

  7. Is this a surprise? Manning makes every team (and its coach) look better than they are. Dungy disciple or not, Caldwell has done nothing but be the caretaker of the team Manning created. Now that Manning is gone, we see how putrid the Colts and their defense really are.

  8. Bob Kravitz is a terrible writer and should have been fired several years ago.

    Having said that, he’s probably not wrong, at least not this one time.

  9. A lot of people have been blaming Irsay, and perhaps rightfully so, for the sans-Manning debacle of this season. But watch a Colts game. Caldwell has no control over anything going happening on the field or on the sidelines. Maybe it’s just how it looks from TV, but every time they cut to him in a critical situation he looks like he fell asleep on the bus and woke up in the wrong part of town. Not to mention the history of squandered timeouts, challenges, clock management, and purposely blowing an undefeated season.

  10. The media kissed Caldwell’s butt just like they did for Mike Tomlin.

    Take away their all-star players and find out what kind of coach they really are.

    Put Tomlin in charge of the Colts without Manning. Let’s see what he can do.

  11. Unless the Rams lose worse than 55 points to the Saints this weekend than the Colts ARE the worst team in football

  12. That team isn’t a “team” without Peyton. He is that whole franchise. Painter cannot make a pass if his life depended on it. I could see the frustration in the WR’s when Painter over/under threw them the ball.

  13. Caldwell showed his true colors back in ’09 when he sat his starters for the last two games when they had a chance to go undeafeted.

    You think Manning wanted to sit? Not a chance

    A true competetor/leader always tries to win no matter what!

  14. hard to believe that the colts would be this bad without peyton! i think caldwell is gone and polian goes after jeff fisher or cowher as the next head coach.
    whatever coach comes in there may change the Defense,but there is no way the colts will change the offense if peyton comes back!

  15. C’mon… did anyone really think that Caldwell was a great coach? I’m not a Colts fan, and I have nothing against them, but who really thought the headcoach had much to do with the winning there?

    It’s Peyton Manning or Bust in Indy. If I, Nevin999, was hired to be the HC in Indy, I’d have a winning record with Peyton Manning. That guy erases a lot of flaws all by himself. Caldwell is a product of a system that sits on Manning’s shoulders.

  16. Being a Saints fan i was loving the game last night.. I love watching the Saints offense when everything is clicking. That and the Packers O is a sight to behold when everything is going right… But having said that.. Watching the Colts O was just downright awful.. I cant count how many times the WR’s were just standing there with their arms up in the air not having a clue as to what was going on.. They just seemed to be lost out there.. How does that happen?? Its week 7 for gods sake!.. In the 4th qtr, with the Saints backup QB and backup OL, they ran the ball every play and still scored.. That is a sign that the other team just plain quit..

  17. raiderlyfe510 says:
    Oct 24, 2011 6:03 PM
    Bill Polian needs to be fired and banned from the NFL…The Colts season is a disgrace to the NFL.
    ===============================
    The Colts season is a disgrace to the Colts and the Colts fans.

  18. rascalmanny says:
    Oct 24, 2011 6:08 PM
    The media kissed Caldwell’s butt just like they did for Mike Tomlin.

    Take away their all-star players and find out what kind of coach they really are.

    Put Tomlin in charge of the Colts without Manning. Let’s see what he can do.
    ____________________________________

    What did Mike Tomlin ever do to you?

  19. It goes beyond Peyton Manning. Peyton would have put more than 7 points on the board. Its the Defense. A slew of bad draft picks over the years combined with some incompetent coaching and a team thats lost its leader/motivator. Caldwell has no business as a head coach. You can just tell by the look on his face that he is in over his head. He may make a decent line coach or something. This team is at the point now where its peaked. They need to rebuild through smart draft picks. Constantly drafting slot WR’s wont fix that hideous defense

  20. When Tom Moore and Howard Mudd chose to leave, even with a healthy Manning, I told my wife Indy’s ride is over. Those two saw something. Who leaves a healthy, winning franchise for no apparent reason? Subsequent events are making me look like a wise old sage…

  21. If you told me the colts would start 0-7 even without peyton manning I would of said your crazy.welcome to the losing side of things indy.

    My condolences

    Signed, a lions fan.

  22. Caldwell always looks flummoxed on the sideline. As if he can’t believe another coach could pick apart his game plan.
    He doesn’t seem to have the mental agility to make adjustments on the fly.

  23. To those who say Manning doesn’t play defense, doesn’t give up 62 pts., you’re right, but you’re missing Manning’s impact on games.

    The Colts are built to play with a lead (badly built, but at least around that strategy). Manning can dictate (to an extent) what the opposite offense will do by scoring points and getting the Colts up early. That way, he can get the other team to play into the Colt’s defensive strengths…

    …which, I admit, are lacking this year. Injuries have taken their toll, I think they’ve quit on their coach, but don’t underestimate Manning’s impact on a game just because he doesn’t play defense.

    You could make the case he should be the Colts’ defensive MVP.

  24. I didn’t realize it was Caldwell’s fault that the Colts FO has put together such a crappy roster outside of Peyton.

    Classic case of the head coach being made the scapegoat by the front office.

  25. Even if the colts do get Luck and Peyton retires or whatever – there still is no Marshall Faulk in that backfield the way there was when Peyton arrived. Ask Peyton how helpful that was..

  26. “Even if the colts do get Luck and Peyton retires or whatever – there still is no Marshall Faulk in that backfield the way there was when Peyton arrived. Ask Peyton how helpful that was..”

    Joe Addai is the absolute perfect fit for Peyton

  27. The Colts made the mistake of not drawing a clear line in between who was running the team (HC) and who just worked as a part of the team (Manning). They let him take over the offense, run the practices how he saw fit and deprive his backups of any real opportunity to grow as pros and thus be in a position to help the team if and when the team needed them to help.

  28. rascalmanny says:
    Oct 24, 2011 6:08 PM
    The media kissed Caldwell’s butt just like they did for Mike Tomlin.

    Take away their all-star players and find out what kind of coach they really are.

    Put Tomlin in charge of the Colts without Manning. Let’s see what he can do.

    ———————————————————

    Umm, Mike Tomlin current is without Casey Hampton, James Harrison, Aaron Smith, Chris Hoke, Jason Worilds, Willie Colon, etc. and is 5-2.

    I know they haven’t played great competition, but you take away the star players on any team and they’re not going to be so great.

  29. teal379 says:
    Oct 24, 2011 6:00 PM
    Name one thing he’s done that’s been an improvement for the Colts. With or without Peyton.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I’m not a fan of the team but I think you have a point….he’s been more of an assistant coach while Peyton has been more like the head guy. Didn’t Caldwell not call a time out last year and Peyton just shook his head on the sidelines?

  30. Forget Caldwell’s look on the sideline, Reggie Wayne is already looking at schools, houses and warm climate locals when he hits the FA market after this season. He’s basically just a jersey out there.

    “My name is Reggie Wayne and I’m taking my skills to South Beach or Bourbon Street. Pay up”

  31. Jim Caldwell is probably a very coach at some level, but he is clearly not an NFL head coach and there’s no shame in that, few people are really qualified. I just hope that the guy who recommended him for the job (Dungy) and the guy who hired him ( Polian) get their fair shame of the blame for this mistake just like Parcells should get some of the blame for the Sparano era in Miami.

  32. For what reason? Caldwell is obviously a good enough coach when Peyton is playing, but he isn’t right now. Lombardi or even Shula wouldn’t be winning in Indy right now without Peyton. They are completely built to compliment 18

  33. Peyton should be league MVP this season if an MVP is the player who makes the biggest difference for the team’s success. Peyton’s proved this beyond any doubt.

  34. Whats funny is his replacement is already in Indy. One clue… He is currently their “replay specialist”… thats right its Jim Tressell. And Caldwell isn’t just going to be the scape goat for the season but he will also hand Tressell and Irsay the franchise QB of the future…

    See Colts fans by the end of his tenure Caldwell would have done something for the team!

    Its all business baby!

  35. FIRST off let me say this. IF the Colts get Luck, CUT Manning. This is not Rodgers, Luck is ready to start right away, not wait 3 years and if Manning somehow does play 5 years, Luck wont wait 5 years to take over for Manning.

    Now for the real story, Caldwell isnt a bad coach, but he’s not great. NOW if he does the the ax, the interesting question will be if the guy that takes over is Jim Tressel. could he be the next head coach??? i dont think it will happen, but it would be interesting.

  36. Last Laugh Alert…

    If the Colts finish this mess with the 1st Pick to get Luck, a healthy Manning back in 2012 for a few seasons, AND a new Coaching Staff… pretty sure that would be a dream scenario for many Colts Fans and actually isn’t that far fetched.

    The Colts 2nd half of their season is brutal (@ Saints, @ Ravens, @ Pats, vs Falcons, vs Texans). As a Colts Fan, not too thrilled right now, but things can still shake out very favorably.

  37. He didn’t cause those turnovers last night and unless he plays defense–I don’t see how you can blame him. That being said, probably a better coordinator than head coach

  38. of course, most of us reading the title thought INDIANAPOLIS STAR was referring to a big-name player on the team, and not a newspaper.

    Well played, PFT. Well played!

  39. I don’t care who your QB is, you’re a good head coach if you can get your team to go undefeated through the regular season (which they would have completed if they didn’t rest their starters)

  40. The Rams have Josh McDaniels. It takes time for his destructive mojo to come into full flower. The Rams potential to be the worst team is infinite and hasn’t been actualized yet.

  41. Ownership and management need to blame themselves for the Colts problems. They were so focused on Manning and the passing game, that they failed to find a decent running back and build a solid defense that can keep you in games if your top notch passing game isn’t there. You can’t count on Addai to draw respect from defenses because he’s always hurt and quite frankly isn’t that good. Your defense has two good DE’s and a decent safety and that’s it. And for Gods sake, stop running that stupid Tampa 2. That defense sucks!!!

  42. I have a feeling Caldwell was more Dungy’s choice then the team’s choice. They might have respected Dungy a little too much on this one.

  43. Why is this even a story??

    No freaking kidding he will be fired. When I saw this story, I thought they meant RIGHT NOW, this week. THAT would be a story because they might blow a chance at Luck if they hired someone even remotely competent. I am not sure I have ever seen a more incompetent head coach in football.

    Even with Manning, they were going downhill since Dungy left: From 14-2 in 2009 (most would argue still with 100% or Dungy’s influence), to 10-6 last year, to 0-7 now.

    While there is no doubt they are missing Manning, I think it was clear they were going downhill for other reasons too, like Caldwell’s pathetic coaching.

  44. As a Colts fan I have never been a fan of Caldwell. Even during the Super Bowl year, the guy was a statue on the sideline. He puts that headset on for no reason because he adds absolutely nothing on gameday. I can’t speak for the practices or the locker room or the behind the scenes stuff. But I know when I see him on gameday he looks lost. The one time he was asked to make a decision, he made the wrong one and called a timeout vs the Jets in the playoffs. That timeout gave them time for another play and moved them 20 yards closer for a FG.

    His ineptness at head coach even makes me question how effective Tony Dungy was as a head coach. If Dungy looked at Caldwell and thought he was head coach material, it makes me question if even he knows what a head coach should be. I’d hate to whip out the race card, but I can’t help but ask if Caldwell would have been recommended by Dungy if he were white. To be honest, I doubt it.

  45. Ummm yeah if he gets fired, which I doubt he will, he won’t get a job anywhere else. The Colts are the only team stupid enough to hire this guy, and they probably aren’t smart enough to fire him.

  46. Why argue about whether the FO or the HC is worse? The combination is bad enough to have produced a team that’s not only Manning-centric but has essentially failed at that too.

    Remember the Colts last year? 10–6 in a division with Tennessee (6-10), Jacksonville (8-8) and the eternally disappointing Texans (6-10). And lost to the Mark Sanchise Jets in the wild card game. Even with Peyton Manning at QB.

  47. We can all point fingers, but honestly when is the last time anyone has seen Caldwell on the sidelines or at the bench coaching? I have a longtime Colts fan well before Manning and I can honestly say that this is the worst coached team I have ever seen. The lineup, the scheme way too much to list. I remember the 3 and 13 years and it the lack of talent was obvious but the players were fired up and well coached. For example, does anyone remember how Jacob Tammie stepped up and was a great tight end for us last year.. Where is he now? Full back or used in blocking packages. Just imagine if Cower would have been coaching the Colts last night. They would have fought their butts off until the final whistle. For those of you who are saying to trade Manning, I just don’t understand you. I honestly think that Manning would have a winning record with this team.. Build a lead and attack. This is not a grind it out and smash mouth team, cover 2 teams are about speed and turnovers nothing more nothing less! By the way lets take our large wrecking ball of a running back on the sidelines when your on the goaline.. Great call Caldwell.

  48. People keep saying it’s the defensive players, schemes, but the fact is that this is an organization whose philosophy is built entirely on playing with a lead.

    Think about that, basically since 1999 this organization is accustomed to their offense putting up at least 28 points on an opponent. So the defensive philosophy was always to rush the passer, because they knew the opposing team would have to pass the ball and put up 4 touchdowns – to just compete with the Colts.

    I agree with everyone, it’s pathetic as an organization that you can lose one player, and you’re basically looking at a win less season.

    Belichick lost Brady for an entire season, used a back-up who hadn’t started since high school, and still managed to win 10 games.

    What’s that say about Indy?

  49. The fact that he can’t get this team to even show up anymore is an indication he has lost this team. New Orleans is a great team, but 63-7 in the NFL?It would be a closer game if LSU played Northern Illinois. It’s not like this team only had Peyton Manning…they have two great DEs, a good offensive line and Reggie Wayne yet, they can’t do anything offensively or defensively. Anyone could look like a great coach with Peyton Manning running the show, even Tony Dungy…

  50. jessieboom says:
    Oct 24, 2011 6:57 PM
    For what reason? Caldwell is obviously a good enough coach when Peyton is playing, but he isn’t right now. Lombardi or even Shula wouldn’t be winning in Indy right now without Peyton. They are completely built to compliment 18.
    ———————————————-

    Bill Belichick wouldn’t let that happen. As much as he likes Brady, he has a plan for when Tom is gone.

  51. I dont think there is a better argument for player-coach than Manning. Caldwell reminds me of the coach for the Miami Heat. He’s only there because someone needs to hold a clipboard.

  52. 8man says:

    Bill Belichick wouldn’t let that happen. As much as he likes Brady, he has a plan for when Tom is gone.

    ——————————

    I wouldnt get too crazy with the Belichick love. How long would Bledsoe remained QB if he didnt get hurt? Belichick had one of the greatest QBs to play the game sitting on the bench.

    But as an organization, I agree with you. NE built a strong team that doesnt depend 100% on the QB. Indy built an average team around a strong player.

  53. Belichick lost Brady for an entire season, used a back-up who hadn’t started since high school, and still managed to win 10 games.

    first of all Matt Cassell is a good QB…….secondly, the Patriots had one of the easiest schedules in history that year….THAT is why they had a winning season……if they had the schedule the Colts have this year, they would have been 4-12.

  54. bleedingblue32 says:Oct 24, 2011 7:49 PM

    By the way lets take our large wrecking ball of a running back on the sidelines when your on the goaline.. Great call Caldwell.
    —–
    I agree with your whole post except for that line right there, and that’s not in defense of Caldwell. You are assuming that call was made by Caldwell. I am 100% sure he had nothing to do with that call. In fact, I am 100% sure he had nothing to do with any call that was made last night. He doesn’t do anything.

  55. Other than Manning and a couple other players, the Colts have been operating on the cheep for years. It is finally catching up with them. It is pretty obvious that they are intentionally trying to suck for luck!

  56. Apparently a lot of Colts fans don’t agree with my assessment of their team being in rebuilding mode. Okay, why don’t you trade the Andrew Luck pick and bring Manning back next year. You’ll be 6-10 next year, 8-8 the following year, and 10-6 the year Manning retires. Then it’s right back to 4-12. Enjoy that.

  57. Brady is awesome but I’ll take Manning over him. Give Peyton Bellichick and NE’s defense from 2001-2005 and I bet Peyton has at least the three rings Tom does.

  58. If jim Irsay doesn’t like being embarrased on Nation TV then why did he let Bill polian Lay down an 14-0 team against the Jets. That is where they lost this team. Jim Caldwell is a puppet of Polians that is why he is there.
    When Dungy retired any caoch would have been happy to go there. Not now. Nice Job Bill your hubris has killed this team.

  59. It would be a relief if the Colts were intentionally playing poorly for Luck, but I bet Caldwell blows even that by winning a couple of games by mistake. I doubt he gets another position job in the NFL.

  60. HELLO people: Polian is the only one running this team. period. end of story.

    He is the Boss. He will tell (or yell at) you himself. (ask any staff member)

    Caldwell is a puppet and just does what he is told. You would to if you were a QB coach and offered the HC position. There were price tags for Caldwell. He is lucky though, if Ron Meeks can get a job in the NFL so can Caldwell after this.

    There is talk in all press boxes that the Colts are losing on purpose. Just look at their IR list, it does not take a Genius (no pun intended Bill).

  61. Someone mentioned that your quarterback doesn’t have anything to do with giving up 62 points. I disagree. If your defense is built around your offense being able to control the ball and put points up, you build your defense to take advantage of that.

    The Colts defense plays differently when they have the lead, which, the used to have more often than not.

  62. Manning has had a pretty lousy post season record. You just can’t take back all of his chokes and passes to Ty Law and say that he is a better quarterback than Tom Brady because of some convoluted reasoning. It doesn’t work that way.

    I suppose some now will say that Tony Dungy should have won more coach of the year awards because he did more with that roster than Caldwell did. You can’t say that either. The Colts just got old and beat up. Freeney and Mathis are not the monsters they used to be and crappy defenses give up 62 points.

  63. Al Michaels was saying last night that he noticed Painter getting advice, @ different points, from Caldwell, Peyton, OC Frank Reich, TE coach Pete Metzelaars, and Kerry Collins. Then said, “that’s a lot of senior people getting in a young player’s ear…probably too many cooks in the kitchen.”

    Good point. In retrospect, if they wanted to have any chance to win this year, w/o Peyton, they would have gotten a guy like David Garrard over Kerry C. Not that it would have made a big difference…

    Maybe Polian is hoping for Luck!

  64. Well, I posted an insightful couple of paragraphs on this entry earlier today. It seems as though only about half of my comments make it to print these days. And to think that I’m on my third freaking screen name. Biggg Brother keeps blocking my accounts or something.

    Can’t hold a man down! I’ll just open yet another email account and come back strong with still another clever play on a Texan player’s name!!!

  65. this is why u dont let the outgoing coach hand pick his successor….
    and jesus, has there ever been a player more valuable to his team than manning? ever?

    put manning in the equation and dont the colts have perhaps 3 wins right now? sad…

    but this is what bill polian gets for always ignoring the D. Saw this first hand in Buffalo, He ignored some very important posotions…NT after fred smerlas left, inside lb, cornerback and strong safety after leonard smith left….

  66. Watched only parts of that slaughter on SNF.
    On several occasions, I noticed some Indy players either give a 1/2 hearted or no effort to make a tackle to stop a TD.
    That team flat out QUIT. That won’t bode well for Caldwell.
    Manning may raise the play of his teammates, but with that D, there’s NO WAY they’d be better than .500.

  67. Alright Network Execs get this: I AM SICK AND TIRED OF WATCHING THE COLTS PLAY IN PRIMETIME!

    Without Payton Manning, they are nothing and are it is an embarrassment to the game to watch them play. So they should never be on television on a Sunday, Monday, or a Thursday Night

    Do what you have to do….just get them off my tv and offer me a mediocre game to watch at least. There should never be a situation where they are the only game on at any given time

    .

  68. I’m not saying Calldwell is a keeper because the guy is a sock puppet as far as coaching goes. Basically he was hired as a way for Dungy to stay the coach without actually being the coach but in all fairness it’s not like Bill Polian has given him much of an all star team to work with. You can go back a decade with Manning openly complaining about how bad the Colts defense is and you got the same response every time. “The defense is meant to play with a lead”, which is coach speak for “Manning is expected to make up for the defenses ineptitude.”

    Didn’t the Jets put up 41 points on the Colts in a playoff game before? So yeah, fire Caldwell since he shouldn’t have the job but the entire Polian family needs to go with him since they’re the reason he’s their in the first place and the reason they have people pretending to be defensive football players taking up space on Sunday and Monday nights.

  69. @ golonger

    It seems every post i read there are a bunch of idiots and one person who actually knows what their talking about. golonger you are the only person i read that made a intelligent response. Everyone wants a fall guy to take the blame. Bringing in kerry collins was what killed the colts. He isn’t any good and when the team saw how he played everyone became discouraged and stopped putting in 100%. Painter is actually doing pretty well considering the circumstances. Manning took all the snaps during practice so painter never even got to really practice. And can we please ban “suck for luck” from being used on this site seriously

  70. WOW Kravitz is a dam genius! You think, seriously what a prediction! Last night proved the guy can’t coach and he and his GM have no eye for athletic skill or game tactics when his star player is lost.
    Kravitz your a f**king genius!

  71. No Payton, No JOB!! Has any player ever ment as much to his team as Payton Manning does to the Colts? Caldwell do not let the door hit your ars on the way out…62 to 7 is a absolute joke!!!

  72. rascalmanny says:
    Oct 24, 2011 6:08 PM
    The media kissed Caldwell’s butt just like they did for Mike Tomlin.

    Take away their all-star players and find out what kind of coach they really are.

    Put Tomlin in charge of the Colts without Manning. Let’s see what he can do.

    ———————————————————

    Umm, Mike Tomlin current is without Casey Hampton, James Harrison, Aaron Smith, Chris Hoke, Jason Worilds, Willie Colon, etc. and is 5-2.

    I know they haven’t played great competition, but you take away the star players on any team and they’re not going to be so great.

    ———————————————
    Packers had 15 on IR last year and won it all.

  73. JackLeone says:
    Oct 24, 2011 6:04 PM

    It’s not Caldwell’s fault, but in the NFL somebody has to take the blame: Enter Caldwell as the fall guy. Unfair, yes. But that’s how this game is played.
    ___________________________________

    JackLeone = Jim Caldwell???

  74. Patskrieg dot com says:
    Oct 24, 2011 6:07 PM
    A lot of people have been blaming Irsay, and perhaps rightfully so, for the sans-Manning debacle of this season. But watch a Colts game. Caldwell has no control over anything going happening on the field or on the sidelines. Maybe it’s just how it looks from TV, but every time they cut to him in a critical situation he looks like he fell asleep on the bus and woke up in the wrong part of town. Not to mention the history of squandered timeouts, challenges, clock management, and purposely blowing an undefeated season.

    —————-

    EXCELLENT DESCRIPTION. And having done that on both the bus and the subway, I’ve looked the same way. He always looks like he just took a methodone treatment or has post-concussion symptoms with light blaring in his eyes.

  75. But if Peyton can come back by Thanksgiving at the latest (not likely he will play this year — the Colts just have him on the field to give their fans false hope that he will come back and have them continue coming to the games in hopes that he will play), the Colts can reel off 7 wins and still win the division with a 7-9 or 8-8 record — provided they can sneak one in between now and Thanksgiving.

    God knows the Titans and Texans are not going to be more than 8-8.

  76. Hey I am glad the Saints won, but at the same time I feel for the Colts Fans. N.O. was in that same boat years back when we wore bags on our heads due to embrassment. Seems this coach didn’t plan for the future by not lining up players in advance of a mishap (injuries). When you try to go no huddle in an away game, and your inside a dome with extra noise, and you have an un-experienced QB – your commiting sucide. It showed when they didn’t know how to line up, the ball gets hiked into the QB’s face, receivers running good routes yet the ball is not thrown to the open guys, if it is thown to them it hits their hands and they fail to make the reception.
    It’s more than JUST the coaching. Colts have to do a complete re-vamp, from coaching to higher up inside the orginazation to turn their fate around.

  77. @1fast84

    In the words of now the greatest QB in the history of the game Peyton Manning
    “Collins doesn’t play defense”. QB position has never been the problem. Look around the NFL. Heck, look at the teams Indy has played (and lost to) this season. Wasn’t Colt McCoy the Browns 3rd stringer last year and he’s got a good record as a starter. You know why? His DEFENSE DOESN’T GIVE UP 60+ POINTS IN A GAME!!!

    Do you really think Manning would put up 6 or 7 touchdowns to counter that. Honestly?

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