- 01/12/2009, 05:05PM ET
bigicemike said 01/12, 05:05 PM
With the core of the team being in it's prime, I think it only makes sense to bring others in for interviews, even if you have no intention on giving them the job. At least guage them on their thoughts of the team or their philosophy. At the very least that info could be shared with Caldwell to see where his head is at. At best you may find someone who has a greater feel for your team than Caldwell. I know this may be a lame TD but it's my first on and being a Colts fan I didn't want to do another "Dungy" TD
Somebody of Note said 01/12, 05:57 PM
There are too many reasons to count as to why the Colts should stick with their plan of naming Caldwell head coach.
One of the reasons you cited as to why they should get a new coach is because maybe "someone may have a greater feel for the team." Is it just me, or is it difficult to have a better feel for the Colts from outside the organization as opposed to the assistant coach who's been there since 2002? That's the kind of logic that led Frank to Nicole Bass as the human epitome of Aphrodite.
A very big reason why the Colts should keep Caldwell, however, is jettisoning him would be harmful to the locker room. Generally, coaches don't last very long if their players won't play for them, and the fact that Caldwell has lasted so long means that he is a well-liked figure in the locker room. Yanking the rug from out under him by taking away the job promised to him would have devastating effects for the locker room, and if they hire a new coach he would be have zero sway.
Caldwell isn't a bad coach, either. He's stylistically similar to Dungy, and he is a very promising offensive mind who would likely be a head coach somewhere if he hadn't been named Dungy's successor.
bigicemike said 01/12, 06:20 PM
Maybe I'm being misconstrued, I could see how that would happen. When I say a greater feel, I mean a greater feel for what the team NEEDS as opposed to having someone with the same philosphy as the one that has gotten you several one and done's. I LOVE Dungy as a coach, but there have been times the team underachieved on multiple occasions (which can be attrubuted to coaching and/or personnel, which in the case of the Colts and go hand in hand). It would be refreshing, I think, to at least get an "outsiders" opinion on the direction of this team. I don't know if Caldwell is a bad coach or not...his record at Wake would suggest so, but I doubt he is bad or he wouldn't be handed a potential multiple super bowl team.
Besides your assertion that jettisoning Caldwell would harmful to team, which in theory I could believe, what harm could come from bringing in Cowher and picking his brain regarding defense or talking to Shanahan (sp) and discussing zone blocking to support the run (lord knows they could use a running game disccusion)? If the name of the game is winning I just think it would be in the best interest of the TEAM/ORGANIZATION to explore all possible avenues.
Somebody of Note said 01/12, 08:17 PM
A greater feel for what the team needs? Really?
Right now, what the Colts need is a smooth transition. They already have an incredible team. One of the strengths of their team is that they really worked together with Tony, and will naturally want to work with his hand-picked successor. However, not making the transition as smooth as planned will upset this veteran-laden team. The front office could have a full-on rebellion if Caldwell doesn't get the job.
Picking peoples' brains sounds nice in theory, but you have to work with the personnel you have, and the Colts are a perfect fit for Caldwell's system. Cowher's defensive ideas, and Shanahan's zone-blocking, would have little effect if the Colts head coach (Caldwell) didn't want to use them or wasn't able to... and if they were hired over Caldwell, we agree that pandemonium would break out.
You also have to look at the fact that Caldwell is an excellent coach, one with very similar philosophies to Dungy. He's a great offensive mind, and a Colts lifer. He has the right temperament to lead this Colts team to playoff glory. He'd work much better than a coach from outside the organization who has no idea about the personnel.
bigicemike said 01/13, 09:50 AM
Let me clarify (this is will probably cost me the TD). I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THE DECISION TO HAVE CALDWELL AS THE COACH! Obviously, if he's being handed a potential SB team, they must think highly of him. This TD was simply to argue the point that with other successful coaches available, it wouldn't hurt to cover all bases. After giving it more thought, I think this team would be best equipped to handle an inquiry like this because of the guidance provided by Dungy. I believe the players on this team would understand and be able to handle the idea. I don't see mass mutiny in the locker room (we're not talking about the Cowboys here). Also refer to my reply regarding age of the team.
Somebody of Note said 01/13, 10:25 AM
If you have no problem with Caldwell as the coach, then why do you want to interview other candidates? When you're interviewed for a position, it comes with the unspoken promise that you have the potential to take the job. What you basically said is that Caldwell is the ideal candidate for the job, so why risk a potential locker room rebellion among players who love and respect Coach Dungy to hire a candidate that won't be the best out there? It would be a worse decision than coating yourself in chocolate sauce and running into an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.
The team may be better people because of the guidance provided by Dungy, but they aren't Dungy. They can't walk into a situation and automatically respond in the best possible way. They're going to be upset, upset that their man didn't get the job that was promised to him. From all accounts, Caldwell is a good man and a great coach, and the players will not take kindly to the fact that he's being royally screwed. The moment dissension is introduced, the locker room crumbles a little bit.
And refer to WHAT reply about the age of the team? I see zilch in the body of the Throwdown referring to it.
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