Why Colts Should Have Made QB, Coordinator Changes After Bye Week, Not Week 12

Eric SmithCorrespondent IIIDecember 2, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 27:  Curtis Painter #7 of the Indianapolis Colts is sacked by Charles Johnson #95 and Andre Neblett #68 of the Carolina Panthers at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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The Colts should have made these changes a few weeks ago during their bye week, instead of doing them the week of playing New England.

I’m not fully understanding why Colts VP Bill Polian waited until after their home loss to Carolina last week to make these changes. I have my theories, but not sure what goes on in his head sometimes.

Most teams, if they are able to make a change, wait until their bye week to do so. That way, they have an extra week to gel and get familiar with the system. Why do it on a Tuesday of a game week when you only have three days to prepare and a travel day on Saturday?

They’re really not giving new quarterback Dan Orlovsky and the new defensive coordinator a chance. They made a mistake by standing behind Curtis Painter anyways.

After all, he was benched for Orlovsky in the last few games at the end (minus Carolina), so if he’s developing, why are you benching him in the first place? It doesn’t make any sense.

Why not let Orlovsky start against a two-win Carolina Panthers team, and let him know early enough in the bye week so he can prepare, watch film, and get ready to lead this team?

Instead, they’re almost setting him up to fail in making him have only a couple days of practice to prepare for AFC East leading New England Patriots on the road.

Then, if they stick with him after the game, he has to travel to the AFC North leading Baltimore Ravens, which has one of the toughest defenses in the league.

Coach Caldwell and Bill Polian are setting him up for failure. Why make the change when you’re 0-11? Do it on the bye when you’re 0-10 and try and restore some momentum in the bye. It’s hard to build that momentum now.

Then for firing defensive coordinator Larry Coyer, he waited until after Carolina as well. He’s setting the new coordinator up to fail with no time to prepare for a New England Patriots offense that is easy to stop if you have the preparation and personnel to blitz and play tight coverage. The Colts have none of the above. It could get ugly in that game.

Then, the new coordinator has to prepare for a much better offensive Baltimore Ravens team.

I highly question these moves, and I honestly think Bill Polian is jerking us around again and doing this only to benefit himself.

Think about it. Everyone has been down on Curtis Painter and the defense for the last month. Polian has been downright stubborn in backing Painter and this coaching staff. The delusional VP thinks Painter and the coaching staff are doing “better than last year.”


He just wants to look good in our eyes again. He knows we’ve been right.

Why would he make moves in a bye week to let the replacements look good at home against a bad Panthers team and give us all the gratification to be right? After all, I fully believe if we made those changes in the bye week, we would have won last week. I guarantee Polian does too.

If we’re all right, then he sees he wouldn’t have a job anymore. People have been down on him all year and rightfully so, saying he should lose his job after his poor performance in the recent drafts and in putting together a solid team other than Peyton Manning.

If Orlovsky and the new defensive coordinator fails, then he looks good in saying told you so, they couldn’t lead this team either. But, look at who these guys are set up with. They travel to New England and Baltimore. Those are the toughest places for the Colts to travel. Both cities hate the Colts with a passion.

If these two survive those bitter games, then they have divisional games against Tennessee and Houston at home, who happen to be the top two teams in the AFC South right now. Then, they travel to a struggling Jacksonville team in the last week, where Painter may have his job back again.

So Orlovsky gets two division leaders and maybe the top two teams in the AFC right now, and the top two teams in his division to start against.

Doesn’t really sound like a great move on Polian’s part to not make the move earlier, does it?