Having an entire season without Peyton Manning was not a good enough excuse for retaining Jim Caldwell as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Today the Colts announced that he has been let go after three seasons as their HC. Caldwell’s first year saw the Colts win their first 14 games before he blatantly tanked the final two games in the name of resting starters. They played in the Super Bowl and lost 31-17 to the New Orleans Saints. The next season they dropped to 10-6 and lost on a last-second field goal against the New York Jets, a game most notable for Caldwell calling a timeout to stop the clock for the driving Jets in the final minute of regulation. This year he had no Peyton Manning and the team went to pieces, and as a result they’ve got their eyes set on Andrew Luck and a clean slate of management.
I can’t say it’s surprising as Caldwell seemed pretty lost on the sidelines, and way too often this year the Colts looked like they were not even interested in playing the game. The low point of the season had to be their 62-7 thumping at the hands of the Saints on Halloween weekend, in which Drew Brees had more touchdown passes than incompletions. I know it’s hard to coach a team that is entirely dependent on one player, but that doesn’t mean you have to look so inept nearly every week.
Caldwell now joins Raheem Morris, Steve Spagnuolo, Tony Sparano, Todd Haley, Hue Jackson, and Jack Del Rio on the list of coaches no longer amongst the NFL’s head coaching ranks.
I now leave you with The Sports Geeks’ wonderful poster of Caldwell’s many facial expressions.