Colts plan to have a coach by the end of the week


Forget the P.R. staff or the beat writers or the radio hosts or the local TV reporters or the national news sources.  When it comes to the Colts, the best way to keep up with the team is to keep an eye on the Twitter page of owner Jim Irsay.

Irsay’s latest update mentions that the search for a head coach “is wide ranging [and] thorough,” with a decision to come by the middle or latter part of next week.

The timing makes sense.  With the NFL universe descending on Indy a week from tomorrow, the Colts will hope to parade the team’s next head coach around Radio Row and the various other photo and interview opportunities.

The known candidates for the job are Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, former Vikings coach Brad Childress, and former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who served as a replay consultant for the Colts in 2011 but who currently doesn’t appear on the team’s roster of football employees.

Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s name has been mentioned as a possible candidate, along with 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

Whoever gets the job will have to decide what to do with six remaining members of Jim Caldwell’s coaching staff, including offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen.  Since Christensen is the man who worked most closely with quarterback Peyton Manning, Christensen’s fate could provide the strongest clue as to whether the Colts and Manning plan to continue their 14-year marriage.

35 responses to “Colts plan to have a coach by the end of the week

  1. I think Jim Tressel could be a great hire.
    He is honest, has integrity and can`t leave to coach an NCAA team for the next 5 years.

  2. Hopefully Miami’s staff will start to take shape before the HC gigs in Indy, Tampa, and Oaktown get resolved. I’m hoping those teams (particularly Oak) don’t hire any other Packers assistants so that Philbin won’t have any direct competition WITH historical ties when it comes to plundering Green Bay’s staff.

  3. Isn’t it funny how all of these names seem to surface as candidates for head coach in the NFL, but when the firing of Andy Reid in Philly was discussed by national pundits and personalities, there wasn’t a single name surfaced by anyone who was thought to be an adequate replacement for Ried. Nobody! So all of a sudden, we have half a dozen candidates who are all thought to be just as good if not better than Reid. Puzzlin’ ain’t it?

  4. If they don’t fir Christensen after the year the Colts’ offense had, Irsay is on crack. I’ve never seen a set of backup QB’s as unprepared as Painter and Orlovsky.

  5. If Manning stays then Christensen has to stay. Unless a new OC wants to come in just to learn Manning’s offense. That’s why I’m hoping for a defensive coach.

  6. Give Tressel a chance, for one he can’t be any worse than Caldwell and who knows he could turn out to be a really good NFL coach. If not Tressel then Zimmer would be my 2nd choice.

  7. “Christensen’s fate could provide the strongest clue as
    to whether the Colts and Manning plan to continue their 14-year marriage.”

    I thought the strongest clue was whether or not they got the #1 pick….then whether or not they kept the Pollians…..then whether or not they kept Caldwell….then whether or not they would publicly say they would take a QB with the #1 pick…..

    So basically, everything that happens is a strong indicator about whether or not Peyton continues to play for the Colts until we dwindle down to the strongest clue being whether or not Peyton continues to play for the Colts?

  8. Why do people think Tressel was a defensive coach?

    Yes his offense at ohio state was boring an unimaginative, but he was always an offensive coach before being a head coach…

  9. As much as I’d hate to see Pete Carmichael go from my Saints he would be the most deserving of the picks for head coach. I’d like to see him thrive in INDY as the coach, I like the Colts and Pete is a great fit for that position and well deserving of a shot!

  10. If Manning is the man I think he is, he should understand the position the Colts are in, & not take it personally if/when the Colts pick a Qb in the draft, because even he isn’t sure if he can play, & for how long. It makes perfect sense and I don’t blame them, nor should anyone for that matter. Its always been the rule, you take the best player available when you choose. Its going to be interesting to see how this plays out, because I have said it from the start, if Manning is physically able to play, & I truly hope he is, he will remain a Colt. As a Bronco fan, I would hate to see it any other way, if he is not a Colt, can we have him?

  11. why not name Peyton player coach ? Then perhaps they can assign a some portion of his salary to the front office and lighten the cap load…. After 2 years he just coaches

  12. roamingabriel says:
    Jan 21, 2012 1:53 PM
    I think it will be Tressel.

    He knows how to win In COLLEGE and if nothing else it’ll create a splash!



    The NFL coaching landscape is littered with college coaches who tried to make the transition and couldn’t…

    One Nicholas Lou Saban comes to mind; great in college but in the NFL – not so much!

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