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Colts Say Farewell to Jim Caldwell
Jim Caldwell Fired as Colts Coach
Indianapolis Colts Fire Jim Caldwell
It seems like the turnover ratio in the NFL is adding members to the unemployment line as quickly as some small businesses. This past week the Indianapolis Colts fired head coach, Jim Caldwell. Caldwell, completed his 3rd season with the Colts ending it with a dismal 2-14 record.
It was clear that owner Jim Irsay was on a rebuilding and redemption type mission after previously firing former Vice President, Bill Polian, the day after this season ended. Mixed emotions from the Indy fans were expressed with some saying "Good Riddance" and others saying "Why?" It's clear that the NFL ownership in many organizations demands perfection year after year and has become less tolerable of any grace period type seasons regardless of the excuse.
The Colts were without their franchise quarterback, Peyton Manning, who went out with neck surgery prior to this years' season starting. That was not Caldwell's fault, but the result of losing Manning proved to be a main factor for the poor performance displayed by the Colts. Caldwell was also blamed for some questionable decisions throughout the year and previous years about some judgement calls he made on protecting an undefeated record in 2009, leaving back up quarterbacks in too long this year and his suspect defense that gave up massive points early on in many games.
Caldwell was liked by most players and fulfilled big shoes left by former head coach Tony Dungy, who resigned and moved into broadcasting with a favorable record and Super Bowl championship ring.
As for Caldwell, he joins a substantial list of coaches fired this year but may or may not land some other type of position within the NFL in the upcoming years. Only time well tell. The Colts began their search for a new coach immediately and still need to decide on the future of Manning. The Colts, with their league worst record this year did obtain the overall #1 pick in the upcoming draft and the theory is that the Colts want Stanford QB Andrew Luck. Many questions left unanswered for now for Colts fans who wait in limbo to see Indianapolis' next move.