Why Bill Polian's Radio Comments Suggest Colts Coach Jim Caldwell Will Be Fired

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIDecember 13, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 27 Jim Caldwell of the Indianapolis Colts looks on during the game against 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 Indianapolis Colts are 0-13 and happen to be in the midst of one of the worst seasons in NFL history. While losing star quarterback Peyton Manning for the season was obviously a huge blow to the team, many have speculated that head coach Jim Caldwell won't survive the season. Colts president Bill Polian has hinted that Caldwell is on his way out.

On Monday Polian said the following regarding Caldwell: "My fervent hope is that Jim's job is not in jeopardy because my fervent hope is that we don't go 0-16."

That's not exactly a ringing endorsement for Caldwell. Polian is basically saying that there is no way he can keep a coach who led a team to an 0-16 season.

At this point, even if the Colts somehow defy the odds and actually win a game, I still can't see Caldwell being retained. This has been such a terrible season for Indianapolis that the franchise is likely to purge as much of it from memory as possible. That will likely start with the team's head coach.

While this season may not be Caldwell's fault, a team's head coach is always the first one to take the blame when it struggles. 

This is Caldwell's third season as the head man in Indianapolis, and things have swung dramatically. He guided the Colts to a 14-2 record and a trip to Super Bowl XLIV in his first year, then they went 10-6 and lost in the opening round of the playoffs last season. Then this year happened. 

As of now Caldwell's overall record in Indianapolis is 24-21 and is rapidly getting worse. After Polian's comments yesterday it is hard to believe that Caldwell will get a chance to turn that record around next season.