EARTH CITY, MO- JANUARY 17: New head coach Jeff Fisher of the St. Louis Rams addresses the media during a press conference at the Russell Training Center on January 17, 2012 in Earth City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Remember several weeks ago when the Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz went on PFT Live with Mike Florio and said:
I can promise you that [the Colts] have already reached out to Jeff Fisher.
Then, a short time after PFT blew Kravit'zs words up all over the Internet, he went on Twitter and tried to claim:
To make it clear, I didn't tell @ProFootballTalk that Colts already reached out to Fisher. Said I wouldn't be surprised if they did.
At the time, I thought that Kravitz's silly attempt to make his remarks 'clear' sounded like backtracking after he blabbed potentially confidential info regarding Fisher to PFT. Two days after Kravitz's comments on PFT and Twitter, he tried to back off the Fisher-to-Colts story entirely, saying that Fisher wasn't "real high on the Colts priority list."
Kravitz's trip to PFT Live and his inept Twitter clarification afterward were all done before Jeff Fisher agreed to coach the St. Louis Rams. It was also prior to Jim Caldwell getting fired by the Indianapolis Colts.
Well, today, we learned this from St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Jim Thomas:
League sources: Colts reached out to Jeff Fisher prior to firing Jim Caldwell and before Fisher accepted Rams job. But Fisher not interested— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) January 17, 2012
I'm sure it's entirely possible that Bob was just speculating that the Colts were reaching out to Jeff Fisher at a time when they actually were reaching out to him. But, I doubt it. Not after he tried to make everyone pretend he didn't say what he clearly and definitively said.
I'm not bringing all this up just to pile things on Ole Bob. I just think the next time he lectures people like Jake Query about journalistic integrity that he make sure he doesn't do so standing in a glass house.
In any case, the news that the Colts were talking to head coaching candidates while Caldwell was still employed as the head coach is yet another example of the franchise wiping Caldwell across their naked bums like toilet paper. Personally, I'm glad Caldwell is no longer the head coach, and I would have been happy to see someone like Jeff Fisher replace him. But, for Jim Irsay to treat Caldwell the way he has in recent weeks is vomit-inducing.
Caldwell wasn't perfect, but he deserved to be treated with respect. Jim Irsay and the front office didn't do that.