El Fuego

January 17th, 2012 at 3:23 PM ^

I am so happy this happened.  The guy flat out couldn't coach.  This year without Peyton Manning just proved it.  Caldwell would just stand there and do nothing, not even blink.

coastal blue

January 17th, 2012 at 3:33 PM ^

Is it a simple financial issue, i.e. having both Manning and Luck would put them over the cap? 

Certainly having Andrew Luck back-up a guy like Peyton Manning for a season or two would be beneficial to everyone in the organization? I don't even like Manning, but he's a great QB and a total professional. I can't think of anyone better to teach a young QB. 

93Grad

January 17th, 2012 at 3:49 PM ^

Manning is healthy enough to earn the $28 million bonus due in March, and the Colts are good enough everywhere else on their team that they can afford to have all that cap room tied up at QB.  Those are 2 pretty big ifs, IMO.

Best case scenario would be to have Peyton rework his deal in order keep him in Indy next year to see if he is healthy.  If not, you cut him before the season and if he's healthy then Luck sits and watches for a year and you either trade Peyton at the end of the year or cut him and go with Luck.  

almostkorean

January 17th, 2012 at 3:25 PM ^

As a colts fan, I am SO HAPPY he is gone. I always wondered what went on behind the scenes because he didn't do or say anything while on the field.
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<br>Does anyone know who the potential cantidates are? It's too bad we couldn't get Luck AND Harbaugh, that would be a killer combination.

allintime23

January 17th, 2012 at 3:56 PM ^

One minute you've started off your first season as HC at 14-0, then the next thing you know you're out the door. The colts are about to go through a massive change. From NFL darlings to a dark team that betrays the face of the league. Tressel , I can smell him a mike away.

Scared89

January 17th, 2012 at 5:15 PM ^

I pretty much expected this. Without Peyton Manning all year the entire team fell apart. I always thought Caldwell was a lame duck after Dungy retired. Let the Gruden rumors commence!

Look Up_See Blue

January 17th, 2012 at 9:19 PM ^

Not so sure this firing is justified.  Any team that loses their starting QB in the NFL is not going to have a good season.  Not to mention a first ballot half of famer like Peyton Manning.  This just goes to show you how important the QB position is in this sport.  Maybe the front office should've done a better job with personnel and made sure they had a suitable back up.  How come the GM still has his job?  I'm not even a Colts fan but I still think it's a ridiculous firing.