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Report: Winless finish will cost Caldwell his job

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08:01 AM ET 12.15 | Jim Caldwell has a few more kicks at the can. With three weeks to go in a winless season, the fate of [Caldwell] hangs in the balance. When Colts vice chairman Bill Polian offered up a lukewarm, and somewhat convoluted, endorsement of Caldwell on Tuesday, it really was a veiled look at the truth. The Colts need to win one of their last three games for Caldwell to keep his job. ... [Sources tell the NFL Network that] an 0-16 finish by the Colts will cost Caldwell his job. Polian hopes it doesn't come down to the Colts finishing 0-16 so it doesn't come down to the decision over Caldwell. For what it???s worth, the Colts finish with the Titans (7-6) and Texans (10-3) at home and the Jaguars (4-9) in a road finale.

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December 15, 2011  08:02 AM ET

B'bye!!!

December 15, 2011  08:04 AM ET

That Jags game week 17 will tell the tale unless Houston loses another 5-6 key players before they play Indy.

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December 15, 2011  08:10 AM ET

Damn, Jim... that QB thing bit you square in the arce, didn't it?

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December 15, 2011  08:16 AM ET

Should never have been hired. He looks like he doesn't even know what's going on. Chris Polian should join him. Unfortunately, Daddy is there to look after him.

December 15, 2011  08:17 AM ET

Manning or no Manning, Brackett or no Brackett ... you should be able to eek out one win on dumb luck alone. Where's the pride?

December 15, 2011  08:21 AM ET

Sounds like a pretty fair deal, considering...

December 15, 2011  08:21 AM ET

I would almost think he'd have to win straight out for the Colts to even entertain the possibility of bringing him back. Houston may be in a position to rest starters by week 16 and the U-Hauls will be packed with the engines running in Jacksonville. Neither one of these scenarios screams "quality win."

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December 15, 2011  08:24 AM ET
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I would almost think he'd have to win straight out for the Colts to even entertain the possibility of bringing him back. Houston may be in a position to rest starters by week 16 and the U-Hauls will be packed with the engines running in Jacksonville. Neither one of these scenarios screams "quality win."

Houston has been Indy's doormat for too long. I don't see them throwing that game. Beating up on the Colts is still a new experience for them.

December 15, 2011  08:26 AM ET

Just hire Peyton as coach & be done with it.

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December 15, 2011  08:33 AM ET
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Just hire Peyton as coach & be done with it.

Go with a father/son duo. Archie has been very chatty lately anyway.

December 15, 2011  08:34 AM ET

So 1-15 will be the best of both worlds? 1st overall pick and job retention?

December 15, 2011  08:38 AM ET

I'm not sure I have ever seen him speak into that headset that he wears all the time. I think it's just a prop to make him look official.

December 15, 2011  08:42 AM ET
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Houston has been Indy's doormat for too long. I don't see them throwing that game. Beating up on the Colts is still a new experience for them.

Houston, at least in it's current incarnation, has also never had to worry about keeping people healthy for the playoffs either.

I'm not saying that Houston will rest people, or that Caldwell should be brought back. But the reality is that of the remaining teams on Indy's plate, Tennessee is the only one who still has a dog in the hunt. A loss this week guarantees that Caldwell is gone. Winning straight out at least gives management something to talk about for a few minutes before lowering the boom.

December 15, 2011  08:43 AM ET
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I'm not sure I have ever seen him speak into that headset that he wears all the time. I think it's just a prop to make him look official.

They use it to shout in his ear when he dozes off during the game.

December 15, 2011  08:46 AM ET

I can't believe they haven't fired him yet, absolutely no motivation what so ever. Can also get rid of some of the baggage they are carrying in players that never seem to be able to play 16 games (ie Gonzalez, Addai) and those other 1st round picks that just haven't panned out (ie Brown, Hughes)

 
December 15, 2011  08:51 AM ET

Houston, at least in it's current incarnation, has also never had to worry about keeping people healthy for the playoffs either.

I'm not saying that Houston will rest people, or that Caldwell should be brought back. But the reality is that of the remaining teams on Indy's plate, Tennessee is the only one whose playoff status is within reach but not locked up. I think a loss this week guarantees that Caldwell is gone. Winning straight out would at least gives management something to talk about for a few minutes before lowering the boom.

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