Why Colts GM Ryan Grigson's First Move Should Be Firing Jim Caldwell

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst IJanuary 11, 2012

New Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson has the tall task of rebuilding a team that managed only two wins in 2011. 

Along with deciding what to do with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft, he'll have a say in the future of All-Pro quarterback Peyton Manning and head coach Jim Caldwell.

Grigson can start his pressure-packed offseason by doing one thing—letting Caldwell go. 

Although they haven't been there in over a decade, the Colts are in rebuilding mode and need a fresh, enthusiastic leader on the sidelines. 

Nothing against Caldwell, but is his soft-spoken nature and poor clock management really what the team needs?

As we saw in Oakland, new GM Reggie McKenzie started fresh by firing head coach Hue Jackson. The goal of every team is to win the Super Bowl, but many coaches are judged by their club's playoff appearances. 

It can be argued that Caldwell held back the Colts' postseason appearance last season. 

If Manning returns, he'll essentially be the offensive coordinator and Andrew Luck demonstrated an incredible grasp on his offense at Stanford. 

A fresh, enthusiastic and possibly defensive-minded coach would be in the team's best interest regardless of which signal-caller is under center in 2012. 

Was Caldwell that great in his two seasons as the head guy?

Indianapolis is essentially starting from scratch, so why not bring in a new coach?

Make your first move, Mr. Grigson. 

Fire Caldwell then find your head coach.

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