Colts HC Jim Caldwell, who, in his first year as the Colts Head Coach, led Indy to the Super Bowl, got fired today after a tumultuous 2-14 season.
Indianapolis started the season 0-13 and failed to compete without Peyton Manning at their standard playoff-caliber level. Without Manning, the Colts completely collapsed with QB’s Curtis Painter, Kerry Collins, and Dan Orlvosky.
Caldwell and the Colts front office were not prepared for a Manning injury, whereas the Packers (Matt Flynn to backup Aaron Rodgers) and Patriots (Brian Hoyer to backup Tom Brady) have solid backups just in case. In 2008, when Brady went down Week One with an ACL injury, the backup at that time, Matt Cassel, filled in and pulled out a 10-6 playoff season.
Painter, Collins, nor Orlvosky could manage to take the Colts to the playoffs, but the team didn’t function at all without Manning. Their offense, along with their defense, buckled under their circumstances.
Their offseason has been nothing short of significant, but there are still more words to be written. There are three burning questions that loom in Indianapolis. Will Manning heal to 100%, will the Colts retain Manning, and what is going to be Andrew Luck’s role in all likelihood that they draft him.