Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star made a return visit to PFT Live on Tuesday for part of our ongoing coverage of what I’ve dubbed, against my better judgment, the Polianoscopy in Indianapolis.
Kravitz dropped a bombshell during an intriguing 15-minute chat. Kravitz believes that the Colts, who continue to employ Jim Caldwell as the head coach but neither Vice Chairman Bill Polian or G.M. Chris Polian, may already have reached out to Jeff Fisher. Kravitz also thinks that Fisher would then have input on who the next G.M. would be, creating a package deal.
If this information turns out to be true, the AFC South will be better than Jersey Shore in 2012. Fisher, the former Tennessee Titans mainstay, took the 2011 season off. His departure from Tennessee was a little rocky, marred by a controversy between him and quarterback Vince Young. After the 2010 season the Titans had to make a decision between Young and Fisher, and they chose to release Young and keep Fisher. Very quickly, Jeff Fisher realized it just wasn't working out, and both the team and Fisher decided everyone would be a whole lot better off if they parted ways. The Titans hired Mike Munchak, and Fisher did what Fisher does when he's not the head ball coach of the Tennessee Titans.
To immediately take a head position in the same division as the Titans, and of all teams the Indianapolis Colts, Jeff Fisher would really have to have a special curiosity about being a coach in Indianapolis.
Not only would he be taking over a 2-14 team, he would be taking on the responsibility of answering the 1,000 daily questions about Peyton Manning's health. Once he has that question answered, the next question and every subsequent question would be something in the nature of "Do you want to beat the Titans?" Of course he does, but the question would get old quick.
We can all remember Fisher dawning a Peyton Manning jersey at a fund raiser and claiming that he "wanted to feel like a winner." This came, during his own teams 0-6 start in 2009, and it just didn't sit right with the Titan faithful. To now really dawn a Colts jersey, the Titans-Colts rivalry would be taken to another level.
Perhaps, though, this would be good for the AFC South. Perhaps a little more media attention wouldn't be so bad for the players on the Colts roster coming off a 2-14 season trying to get some national attention.
For the Titans, every Colts win and playoff birth would be a reminder that they let Fisher walk away.
For Fisher, becoming the head coach of the Colts might just be the type of position he is looking for to continue that "Fisher Magic." He continues to be held in high regard, yet since 2000 he has only had two playoff victories. Turning the Colts from a 2-14 team to an 8-8 team would continue the trend of celebrated mediocrity. There is that possibility, though, that getting his franchise QB might exercise his demons and get him that elusive Superbowl ring.
Fisher might be able to go all the way with a healthy Peyton Manning. Perhaps, all Fisher ever really needed to get that ring was just a little Luck.
We will watch how this plays out, but don't expect any comments from Fisher while Jim Caldwell is still the head coach of the Colts.