So as many of you know by now, Jim Caldwell was let go by the Colts today via here. That leaves the Colts in an interesting position having just interviewed a former head coach and defensive coordinator in Steve Spagnuolo with Jim Caldwell as the active head coach.
So what then, do the the Colts do? The most high profile free agent coach, Jeff Fisher, just signed with the Rams. The remaining level of talented available coaches is quite small, and does not offer many choices for the Colts. At least, none that jump out on paper.
I wrote about this very thing in my most recent Devil's Take posted over the holiday.
As I stated in my last Devil's Take, I felt the Colts made a bungling of not hiring Fisher. He was the most established and well respected coach available at the time Irsay canned the Polians. In discussing it with a few of the Stampede Blue faithful as well as some friends, it's quite possible the new GM and Fisher would have been oil and water. Ultimately, if that was the case, I could see why Irsay would not have gone for it.
So that leaves us with a few decent names, one or two crazies, and perhaps an off the wall left field choice. Please keep in mind my choices are based on the fact I think the Colts will want an established guy this time around, to prevent the whole Caldwell backlash. Not to mention, I think the Colts really need a coach willing to play the game.
That's my short list. I really think that if it's not one of those guys, there is pretty much only one other name we could truly come up with. And yeah, he's a pretty big one....
Yes, I think of anyone who's still interested in coaching, he makes the most possible sense for the Colts. Whether it's Manning or Luck, he provides the most bang on offense. His desire to work with Manning is well documented, and the opportunity to school Luck would offer significant enticement as well. He's also had head coaching experience and has been to the SB and won it. Does he have faults? Absolutely. However, his failures in Tampa Bay weren't due to his coaching, it was the fact he had a team that was in decline and had made bad decisions chasing after that last ride to glory. Even the guy behind him (Raheem Morris) only managed one decent year out of his 3 seasons as a HC.
Do I think the Colts will hire him? I think he's a good decision as a potential dark horse. The question is whether or not he's even considered. If I can't get Cowher, I'd want Chuckie...
What do you think? Lemme know..
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