The fallout from the Indianapolis Colts’ miserable 2-14 season continued on Tuesday as head coach Jim Caldwell was fired.
The Colts had been perennial Super Bowl challengers for over a decade, but their season fell apart after star quarterback Peyton Manning missed the season after undergoing neck surgery.
Indianapolis was left with a weak roster and lost their first thirteen games, often by large margins. Two late season victories regained some credibility.
The Colts owner Jim Irsay quickly moved to surprisingly remove vice chairman Bill Polian, who was responsible for much of the Colts’ success in the 2000s, and general manager Chris Polian. The decision to relieve Jim Caldwell of his position is less of a shock, however.
Caldwell had a great start as Colts head coach, setting a rookie record by winning his first 14 games as a head coach and leading the Colts to the Super Bowl, which Indianapolis lost to the New Orleans Saints. Caldwell has looked out of his depth in the past two years, however, with the Colts going 12-20, suffering a surprise wildcard loss to the New York Jets in 2010 and collapsing drastically with Manning in 2011.
The rebuilding project has already begun for the Colts. Irsay has named Ryan Grigson as his general manager and the Colts have met with Steve Spagnuolo regarding their vacant defensive coordinator position.
The Colts also have the number one overall pick in the draft and must decide what to do with the injured Peyton Manning. The 36 year old is rightly seen as one of the best quarterbacks in history, but Manning has had three neck surgeries in the past two years.
The Colts are widely expected to draft quarterback Andrew Luck with the draft’s first selection. The quarterback is seen as one of the best prospects to come out of the draft in recent years.