The ice under Jim Caldwell's feet is thinner than Nicole Richie, according to SI.com
His Indianapolis Colts have severely underperformed this season. Even with two wins in a row, the Colts have been awful all year, due primarily to Caldwell's lassitude.
I'm going to rip a piece of foolscap from the Declaration of Independence here. Much like King George the III leading up to the American Revolution, Caldwell has usurped this season for Colts fans with his crimes against the game of football.
Let's enumerate them.
No. 1: He has consistently failed to be an effective in-game manager.
Ever since he took over from Tony Dungy in 2009, Caldwell's in-game decision-making has been questioned. He doesn't seem to have a good handle when to call timeouts and when to milk the clock. He often seems befuddled on the sidelines and hasn't shown that he can make the decisions that will help put his team over the edge.
Perhaps the most egregious example of Caldwell's lack of in-game savvy came in Super Bowl XLVI against the New Orleans Saints after the 2009 season. He was thoroughly out-coached by Sean Payton.
No. 2: He has been pusillanimous in the extreme when a desperate team should be bold.
During the Colts' 12-game losing streak, Caldwell often pulled up in the red zone for a field goal attempt instead of going for a touchdown on fourth down.
When a team is winless, fortune favors the bold. Caldwell also neglected to mix up the play-calling by throwing in any trickery. A surprise on-side kick or using high school QB Joseph Addai to run the option occasionally would have helped to brighten the dark days of Curtis Painter.
Who is the best option to replace Caldwell if he is fired?
No. 3: He has neglected to inspire his players toward greatness.
Good coaches are able to get the most out of their players, even if their All-Pro quarterback is on the sidelines. While the Colts started out the season playing hard, after their narrow Week 5 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, they looked listless and unmotivated for much of the middle part of the season.
No. 4: He (and his coaching staff) have been unable to cultivate young talent.
The defense and special teams, in particular, have suffered from an acute lack of depth. While Bill and Chris Polian should certainly get much of the blame for the dearth of talent, Caldwell and the coaching staff also bear some culpability for the lack of progress from younger players.
No. 5: He doesn't add anything to the team with regards to offensive or defensive strategy.
With Peyton Manning under center, Caldwell's role in calling plays was negligible. With Manning out this year, he was never able to guide the team's playbook in a different direction.
We, the fans of the Indianapolis Colts, declare independence from Jim Caldwell. Fire him on Monday, Jim Irsay!