Well it seems the further away we get from Coach Dungy's team and the closer we get to Caldwell's stamp (notice I have lost respect for Caldwell and refuse to call him coach) on the team; it makes me wonder is Jim Caldwell losing his locker room? Are the Indianapolis players losing faith in their Coach like many of the fans?
The reason I am suggesting this is probably obvious to many Colts fans. With the exception of last week, the Colts under Jim Caldwell are painfully conservative. This has frustrated many on many levels both last year and this year. We have one of the best offenses in the league and what many people (me included) consider the Greatest QB of all time, so why are we so conservative? Look our team is not built to run down the clock and try to maintain small leads, our team is built to score so I am calling out Mr. Caldwell and Mr. Christianson(sorry for sp) to stop playing the time clock and play aggressive offensive football! You know 2005 kind of offense. Our team is built to score and our defense is built to maintain leads and when we get conservative we don't give the defense enough of a gap to maintain leads and we don't take other teams out of their offensive game planning. We did this last week and if it wasn't for all the fumbles this game is a blowout. Screw you Kenny Moore.
Another reason I suggest that Mr. Caldwell is losing the team is the fact that we have numerous injuries. Now some will say "hey injuries are part of the game and you can't blame the coach," Ok, I understand that, but I also understand that it is really hard to work for someone you don't respect. So are the Colts injured or hurt. Remember "the Program" if your hurt you can still play. It seems this year more than any we have had some terrible injuries or are our players just hurt and don't want to perform for this coach and jeopardize their future. Last year we also dealt with a ton of injuries, maybe I am wrong, but it seemed people played for Coach Dungy when they were hurt and they miss half a season "as a precaution" under Caldwell. This to me doesn't add up. Are they really injured? Or are they hurt enough that they don't want to work under Caldwell? Not to mention are Conditioning Coachs are most definitely not earning their paycheck.
I also see a lack of discipline under Jim Caldwell. We have uncharacteristically turned the ball over on several occasions. Many of these players are well established players not known for turnovers. I see an incredible amount of penalties against this team as well. Really disheartening. Supposedly, we draft really intelligent players, so why the hell can they not get a snap count right. On a side note, I think Freeney is being held down by the league, somebody somewhere must have said Freeney and Mathis are uncontrollable freaks and have a competitve advantage over every offensive tackle in the league so this day forward all teams can hold Freeney on virtually every play. Ok, sorry I am off my soap box.
Back to lack of discipline. Look at all the offseason and inseason incidents that have occured this year. You have multiple arrests. Pat Mcafee, John Click, and Filli Moala. This issue screams lack of discipline! Also, many times this year the Colts have look as if they are playing with no passion, no heart, no desire! HOW? WHY?? It just makes me feel that the Colts don't believe in Caldwell and don't believe in his system. I hope this team doesn't outright quit on him, but they just don't have they same mojo this year as in years passed and I feel the blame is Caldwell. He is almost too cookie cutter, too laid back that he gives off that attitude, and attitudes are contagious.
"Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration—of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine."
— Lance Secretan, Industry Week, October 12, 1998
Mr. Caldwell please create an attitude, as we have heard in recent weeks "we are searching for an identity" That is nonsense it is a leaders job to create vision and goals which in effect creates identity. We need identity and it must be one of lustful offensive aggression and defensive ingenuity. We must create an ATTITUDE.