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09:06 AM ET 01.07 | Events Friday all seemed to indicate that a decision was near on the Rams' next head coach -- with the signs pointing to Jeff Fisher and the Rams. How so? Giving New England permission to interview Josh McDaniels for its vacant offensive coordinator position could be interpreted as a strong hint that Fisher is coming to St. Louis. The Rams granted permission to the Patriots late Friday afternoon. Kansas City hasn't requested to speak to McDaniels. NFL sources indicated to the Post-Dispatch early in the week that Fisher almost certainly wouldn't retain McDaniels because their offensive philosophies don't mesh.

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Jeff Fisher, Icon SMI Jeff Fisher, Icon SMI
January 7, 2012  09:15 AM ET

Come to Indy, Bro!

January 7, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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Come to Indy, Bro!

Caldwell still has a job... any rumblings from Indy on whether he stays, Stu?

January 7, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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Caldwell still has a job... any rumblings from Indy on whether he stays, Stu?

I think there is just this collective surprise that he still has keys to the building. I thought when the Polians were ousted that Caldwell would also be a casualty. It doesn't make sense to me to keep him on only to fire him after a GM is found. Additionally, there are good coaches out there who are looking for jobs. If Irsay doesn't get out there and do something, they will be gone.

January 7, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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I think there is just this collective surprise that he still has keys to the building. I thought when the Polians were ousted that Caldwell would also be a casualty. It doesn't make sense to me to keep him on only to fire him after a GM is found. Additionally, there are good coaches out there who are looking for jobs. If Irsay doesn't get out there and do something, they will be gone.

I'm not sure if I'm more surprised that Caldwell is still there, or that Norv Turner has another chance in San Diego.

January 7, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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I'm not sure if I'm more surprised that Caldwell is still there, or that Norv Turner has another chance in San Diego.

I really don't know what happened to San Diego this year. I know that Rivers threw a bunch of picks, but beyond that, I don't know what put them in their funk. In any event, I think the leash is short for next year. I wouldn't be surprised if an interim coach is in charge of that team by week 8 of next year.

As for Caldwell, I can't believe that losing one player made them so awful. Not only is that the GM's fault, but that also has to be on the coach.

January 7, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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I'm not sure if I'm more surprised that Caldwell is still there, or that Norv Turner has another chance in San Diego.

Norv is the bigger surprise, there was nothing wrong with Rivers this year

January 7, 2012  09:56 AM ET
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I really don't know what happened to San Diego this year. I know that Rivers threw a bunch of picks, but beyond that, I don't know what put them in their funk. In any event, I think the leash is short for next year. I wouldn't be surprised if an interim coach is in charge of that team by week 8 of next year. As for Caldwell, I can't believe that losing one player made them so awful. Not only is that the GM's fault, but that also has to be on the coach.

Really would be a kick in the sack if they traded his **** now, can't imagine the Colts without Peyton

January 7, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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Really would be a kick in the sack if they traded his **** now, can't imagine the Colts without Peyton

If Manning comes back healthy, and that's a big if, he understands the offense enough and NFL defenses enough that he can make quick throws, audible to a preferable play, or do something. My fear is that if the Colts get rid of Manning and throw Luck out there, there are going to be serious problems. First and foremost, the offensive line is awful. The protection is awful and there is no running game. The Indy offense is centered on QB play entirely. A rookie can't handle that. Add on top of that the possibility that Reggie Wayne might not come back. He's the best wide receiver the Colts have.

I heard Steve Young's take on the situation, and he said we should look at the examples Cam Newton and Andy Dalton have set. Apples and oranges. At least there were other offensive weapons in those places.

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January 7, 2012  10:20 AM ET
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I think there is just this collective surprise that he still has keys to the building. I thought when the Polians were ousted that Caldwell would also be a casualty. It doesn't make sense to me to keep him on only to fire him after a GM is found. Additionally, there are good coaches out there who are looking for jobs. If Irsay doesn't get out there and do something, they will be gone.

Just procedural CYA protocol.
The new GM will be enticed by telling him he gets to pick the HC. The owners get to keep clean hands when Caldwell is let go and put it all on the new GM. If it works out they claim brilliance for picking the GM, if it goes bad they blame the GM someday. It is the Irsay way.

January 7, 2012  10:26 AM ET
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Really would be a kick in the sack if they traded his **** now, can't imagine the Colts without Peyton

I still don't see why the Colts wouldn't draft Luck and keep Peyton...

What better way for the kid to learn than at the feet of a master practioner.

The Packers seem to have figured this out...

January 7, 2012  10:26 AM ET
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Just procedural CYA protocol. The new GM will be enticed by telling him he gets to pick the HC. The owners get to keep clean hands when Caldwell is let go and put it all on the new GM. If it works out they claim brilliance for picking the GM, if it goes bad they blame the GM someday. It is the Irsay way.

Agreed

January 7, 2012  10:29 AM ET
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I still don't see why the Colts wouldn't draft Luck and keep Peyton... What better way for the kid to learn than at the feet of a master practioner. The Packers seem to have figured this out...

It's what I would want to do and I can see Peyton wanting to end his career as a mentor

January 7, 2012  10:30 AM ET

So Otis is it time for the Cowboys to part ways with Romo?

January 7, 2012  10:33 AM ET
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So Otis is it time for the Cowboys to part ways with Romo?

No.

It's time to gut the defense and get some better skill in there. And with a number of expiring contracts, it's about to happen.

January 7, 2012  10:35 AM ET
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So Otis is it time for the Cowboys to part ways with Romo?

But... If a QB of significance were available in the draft, I would not be averse to taking him.

As the Packers have proven... It just makes good sense.

January 7, 2012  10:41 AM ET
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I think Fisher will go with the Rams. They have a good young QB, the Dolphins do not. Plus, the NFC West doesn't have the Patriots looming year after year.

My only question is why wouldn't he go to Tampa Bay or Jacksonville? The only reason to go to St. Louis is because they are a more complete team, the bar isn't set to high in St. Louis knowing that all you might be expected to do your first year is not finish in last place.

January 7, 2012  10:43 AM ET
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But... If a QB of significance were available in the draft, I would not be averse to taking him. As the Packers have proven... It just makes good sense.

So you still got faith in Tony?

January 7, 2012  10:51 AM ET
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So you still got faith in Tony?

I don't think we win a Super Bowl with him... but he actually played pretty well the second half of the season. He wasn't the problem with this team and the emergence of DeMarco Murray helped his game.

But the Cowboys went young on the offensive line (finally) and although they played pretty well, there were growing pains. A full off season should help their maturity.

Biggest issue on offense is at WR. This team would have not been 8-8 had Laurent Robinson stepped in and become a force. He is a FA and I don't know if the Cowboys can keep him. They sure need to try.

But... the starting QB is way down the list of issues needing addressed on this team.

 
January 7, 2012  10:53 AM ET
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I think Fisher will go with the Rams. They have a good young QB, the Dolphins do not. Plus, the NFC West doesn't have the Patriots looming year after year.

The Niners are no Push Over!

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