Irsay, Polian causing stir about Coach Caldwell's status

August 26, 2011
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There’s been a lot of talk about Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeting during coach Jim Caldwell’s press conference this week.

Irsay beat Caldwell to the punch in getting out the news that Kerry Collins was being brought in to fortify the team’s quarterback situation.

I suppose that’s just Jim Irsay being Jim Irsay. He loves to tweet and engage with the fans.

Later, Colts executive Bill Polian proclaims that Collins, not Curtis Painter, will start the opener if Peyton Manning can’t go.

It seems a bit odd that Polian, not Caldwell, would make that determination and proclamation, but Polian has always been a high-profile, hands-on executive. And there’s little doubt, he’s the architect of the Colts roster. It’s been that way for years.

Still, you’d think the coach should make a few on-field observations about Collins before that type of decision is made. Some Colts followers have surmised that since Collins is getting a fatter contract than Painter, and since Collins and Polian have history together, Collins automatically gets the nod.

I’d say the salary has more to do with Collins’ history in the league than the salary does about Collins’ status as being ahead or behind Painter on the depth chart.

Collins, by the way, is set to earn $4 million this year, putting him among the highest paid Colts. Painter will make $480,000, a fairly pedestrian sum by NFL standards. And to be fair, his performance thus far certainly hasn't merited a raise.

Still, Irsay and Polian’s recent actions have renewed a debate about Caldwell.

Is he a good coach or a puppet?  And is the current situation a healthy one for Caldwell, or any coach?

I’m not taking a stand on this one.

Feel free to share your thoughts.

  • horrible coach
    nice guy but he is the reason we lost the superbowl to New Orleans. he played not to lose instead of playing to win. even peyton was shaking his head towards the end of the game...
  • Ghandi
    I will take a stand and say Caldwell is a puppet and i agree, he did blow the Super Bowl. He's gone after this year unless the Colts do something spectacular
  • Not for the Colts
    A solid, smart guy but Caldwell doesn't have the savvy to coach a high profile team like the Colts. More so than the Super Bowl, the Jets playoff game last year showed that when he had 10 seconds to make a decision, under pressure, he blew it. (the T.O. at the end of the game). Reggie was making moves on Revis all night and Peyton or the O-coordinator never saw it - the head coach needs to step up and make some in-game changes. Peyton is not going to listen to Caldwell. Sorry, we should get Jeff Fisher and win a Super Bowl before Peyton's time runs out.
  • Caldwell
    CK, You're absolutely right. Coach Caldwell is a fine man but not the type of competitor to guide this team to another title. Fisher would be a great hire.

    I have never been able to stomach Caldwell's demeanor on the field. ugh......
  • Collins should start
    I applaud the Colts for aquiring Terry Collins. I believe that Terry has the experience and the size that can help the Colts at the QB position in case Peyton cannot start. I believe that Collins needs to start in the final 2 pre-season games to get used to the Colts Offensive system. this is why I cannot understand why Caldwell started Painter against Green Bay. Will Collins start in the final pre-season game? I don't know. I have to agree Irsay's and Polian's actions have renewed debate about Caldwell. His decision last year to go for it on forth down and his decision this year to start Curtis Painter makes me doubt that he is the right coach for the indianapolis colts.
  • Terry?
    Who the heck is Terry Collins? LOL

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