NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 30: Jim Caldwell the Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts walks off of the field after the Colts lost to the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 30, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Colts lost 27-10. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Before firing head coach Jim Caldwell on Tuesday, the Indianapolis Colts tried to make inroads with the biggest name in the coaching market this year, Jeff Fisher. According to Jim Thomas at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Colts “reached out” to Fisher before he accepted the job with the St. Louis Rams. He told the Colts that he was not interested.
News that Fisher would take the job in St. Louis leaked out on Friday, Jan. 13. Fisher notified Rams owner Stan Kroenke of his decision the day before that.
If Thomas’ sources are correct, that means the writing was on the wall for Caldwell well ahead of today’s announcement by the Colts.
The Colts interviewed Steve Spagnuolo for their vacant defensive coordinator position on Monday, according to Adam Schefter at ESPN and others. Spagnuolo was fired as the Rams head coach on Jan. 2, after a 2-14 season in his third year with the team. The Colts’ new GM, Ryan Grigson, worked with Spagnuolo in Philadelphia.
For more on Caldwell’s firing and what the Colts will do now in their search for a head coach, visit SB Nation’s Stampede Blue.
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The Indianapolis Colts have released Jim Caldwell of his duties as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
In other words, he was fired. The Colts hired a new GM, Ryan Grigson, after they dismissed Bill and Chris Polian earlier this year and it was believed that GM Ryan Grigson would speak with Caldwell regarding the head coaching job and make his recommendation to owner Jim Irsay, who would then make the decision.
According to the Colts press release, his decision is that Caldwell is out. Irsay is conducting a 4:00 p.m. (ET) press conference, which can be streamed here, to discuss the decision to fire Caldwell.
Caldwell has been with the Colts dating back to the 2002 season but took on head coaching duties in 2009, a year in which they represented the AFC in the Super Bowl. The Colts went 2-14 in 2011.
For more on Caldwell's firing and the Colts coaching search, check out SB Nation's Stampede Blue.