I just read an article on CBS Sports about the job security that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says his head coach and team president have. I was a little surprised at what I read.
This is what he said about Caldwell:
“When it comes to changes and Jim’s status and that sort of thing, it’s something that eight games going forward, more will be revealed," the Colts owner said, according to the Indianapolis Star. "This situation is always changing. But it’s really going to be always what’s best to give us a chance to win. I don’t have any predictions or any votes of confidence or anything like that. I don’t have any non-votes of confidence. At this point, continuity is a good thing if it makes sense in terms of winning.”
That paragraph was almost like reading one his cryptic twitter messages (big fan of you on there Mr. Irsay). What I take from it is that Irsay is going to pretty much do what he wants at the end of the season. As the owner, he can always do that. The difference this season is that he doesn't know what he wants right now.
I've made it no secret that I think the criticism that Caldwell has received is unwarranted (to a degree). The man should not be fired barring a complete meltdown of the team (by that I mean stories about Reggie Wayne skipping games, Joseph Addai getting arrested swimming in the canal in Broad Ripple, and Peyton Manning ripping apart the entire organization on his TV show broadcast by Versus).
This is what Irsay said in regards to Bill Polian's job:
“I’m committed,” he said. “In [the Polian's] defense, it’s pretty radical after the successes we’ve had to start even talking about the question, in my opinion. If this is five or six years or losing; you’re talking about eight weeks. The great things we’ve done, there has been a tilted sort of perception when you win so much that it’s disappointing."
What Irsay is failing to realize here is that the team's current struggles are because the Colts had put all their eggs in Peyton Manning's basket ever since he was drafted. There was not much of an attempt to hold onto what talent they drafted with the exception of a few players. They are never real active in the free agent market or in trading.
Due to all of that, the team was ill-prepared for the loss of Peyton Manning.
As an organization, the Colts are going to need much more than a quarterback to get back to their winning ways. Whose fault is that? You have to look to the top of the organization--Bill Polian. He may have had a lot to do with the team's success, but he has had even more to do with the team's failure.