I though about trying to use one of the many songs about change or possibly some tired Obama parody in my opening here, but with so much to talk about I figured I better just get right to it anc quite wasting time.
This should come as no surprise--the Indianapolis Colts have fired defensive coordinator Larry Coyer Tuesday. Linebacker coach Mike Murphy will be taking over the DC duties.
The move comes as no surprise since the team has not really been able to stop anyone this year, but I feel like he was the wrong one to go first. All in all, the defense has played well--not necessarily good, but well. Besides a secondary that couldn't stop the blow up guy at the car dealership with wavy arms (you know what I'm talking about) from catching a pass, they have done a decent job of stopping teams (at least through the first half of the season).
The problem has been when you are on the field as much as they are you get tired. These guys are physical beasts, but so are the guys they are playing against. With a couple exceptions, the games (at least in the first half of the season) did not get out of hand until the second half; more specifically, the fourth quarter.
Coyer, in my opinion, was an easy choice to fire because of the secondary, but offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen is the one that needed to go. I don't know if he calls the plays or Caldwell does, but I would think he would at least have a pretty big part in deciding the team's game plan. In the first few weeks of the Curtis Painter experience it wasn't bad. The team still tried to throw down field a bit and they actually remained competitive in most games.
Then, for some odd reason, they begin shifting to a run based/West Coast style of offense--and the stench began to get pretty bad.
That brings me to the one person that sort of got fired--Curtis Painter. The team has announced that Dan Orlovsky will get the start against the New England Patriots.
I'm with the need for change, but I don't think Curtis was the problem. Like I mentioned above it is the play calling. Curtis has shown the ability to lead the team down the field with the right kind of play calling. After he led the team back in the fourth quarter against the Panthers only to throw two interceptions in the end zone he was an easy choice to replace.
Yes, the interceptions were killers, but what the team fails to see is that when they allowed him to throw down field more he completed passes and moved the team. At least they were actually near an end zone for a change!
I think the team made these moves to appease the public that is tired of stinking. If that is the case it is the worst reason possible.