INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 18: Jim Caldwell the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts watches the action during Colts 27-13 win over the Tennessee Titans in the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
In a scene that can only be described as bizarre and surreal, Colts head coach Jim Caldwell met with the media today per his regularly scheduled 12:30 p.m. press conference only to announce that, literally, nothing is happening.
As of right now, there is no change in head coach. There is no change in the front office. There is no change, period.
Nearly everyone at the press conference came away thinking that the Colts are, quite literally, so screwed up right now that they can't even fire anyone properly.
Here are some tweets:
Phil Wilson, Indianapolis Star:
#Colts fans, to be honest, I have no idea what's going on ... maybe team won't announce changes for another day or two, IDK.
Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star, here:
Jim Caldwell scheduled to speak to media at 12:30 -- If he's going to be fired, that would be a strange deal -- interesting
As of now, it's biz as usual for Colts. Caldwell talked about season. No announcements. PR says won't be anything for a while. Evaluating.
Collin McCollough, Bleacher Report:
Well, I see the Colts are handling this about as terribly as I expected them to handle it. He said, she said. What a mess.
Ashley Adamson, WISH-TV sports anchor in Indianapolis:
Why else would Caldwell not know about his future, one way or the other? Colts baffle me though, so who knows.
Caldwell refused to talk about the NFL Draft, and stated that, 'What I'm doing is going on like I normally do. Moving forward until otherwise noted.'
Honestly, this just makes the Colts and Jim Irsay look like cruel, incompetent morons. Caldwell is a goner. To make him get up in front of the press and try and pass things off as being 'business as usual' is an insult to anyone with a brain.
I will say this for Caldwell, he owned up to the 2-14 record. No players thrown under the bus. He blamed no one, save himself. To quote my buddy Derek Schultz at 1260 AM radio in Indianapolis, 'I hope Hue Jackson and Brian Kelly were listening.'
For those of you thinking this afternoon's odd and embarrassing press conference means nothing will happen, fear not. Even Jeff Saturday thinks changes are coming. Irsay might be finalizing what those changes are, and thus needs time to sort out the details.
Still, it would have been better to spare Caldwell the insult that was that press conference.