January 18, 2012- Owner Jim Irsay has his Indianapolis Colts’ future on his mind. He recently overhauled the front office and Tuesday fired head coach Jim Caldwell after just three seasons at the helm. Irsay is looking forward to the future and says he will find a coach as quickly as possible, but will not act hastily. He said change is difficult because of the great success they have had for so long and he wants them to get that back again.
Irsay did this once before in 1997 and is following that same plan. That year the team clinched the No. 1 draft pick following a 3-13 season and the day following the end of the season Irsay fired the head coach and general manager and changed quarterbacks.
This year, following a record of 2-14 and securing the number pick, Irsay fired Bill Polian the team vice chairman and Chris, his son, the General Manager of the team. Last week, Ryan Grigson was hired by Irsay to replace both Polians.
Grigson and Irsay would not discuss a timeline for hiring a new coach but names that already appear on a list include Marty Mornhinweg and Joe Philbin among others.
Now the thought turns to Peyton Manning. Manning has carried the Colts to 115 regular season victories over the last decade, and nine-straight playoff appearance before this season. Caldwell was well liked by the players and was on staff for all four of Manning’s MVP Awards.