Jim Caldwell: Indianapolis Colts Must Fire Coach Even After First Win

Eric SmithCorrespondent IIIDecember 18, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 18:  Jim Caldwell the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts watches the action during Colts 27-13 win over the Tennessee Titans in the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Indianapolis Colts may have won 27-13 today against the Tennessee Titans in Lucas Oil Stadium, but it's definitely time to fire head coach Jim Caldwell.

I was at the game and was fuming all day on questionable calls by Caldwell. I was more disappointed in his coaching schemes than the Colts actually earning their first win of the season.

The first sign that Caldwell should be gone was at the end of the first half. The Titans just kicked a field goal to take a 6-3 lead with 21 seconds left in the half. The Titans were due to get the ball back after the half since they won the coin toss and chose to defer.

The Colts had all three timeouts left and Titans kicker Rob Bironas sailed the ball out of the end zone for a touchback. No time was lost and the Colts had the ball at the 20-yard line.

Having said all of that and you're 0-13, why not take a shot down the field before half?

What are you going to lose?

Instead, the Colts decided to kneel the ball and go into the half down three.

Another reason why Caldwell should be fired is due to the lack of play calling on offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen. All game when the Colts faced 3rd-and-long, they would call a run play or a pass play short of the first down.

Why? Why not take a shot at a weak Titans defense? You're 0-13.

I'd fire him off of those two reasons alone, but in the third quarter with the Colts up 20-6, the Colts went into prevent coverage on defense, and ran the ball every time.

Why on earth are you playing not to lose rather than win the game? Why are you so scared to run the score up on someone? This is the reason why you lost Super 44 in Miami.

If it wasn't for the lack of brains displayed Tennessee's players and coaching staff, the Titans would have won. They just made mistakes, and the Colts capitalized off of them and they weren't even trying to.

From my point of view I'd say Donald Brown will be fined Monday for his 80-yard touchdown run deep in the fourth quarter that sealed the win. They called a play that was doomed to fail, but Brown took it upon himself to not take the definite 2-yard loss and spin back the opposite direction and take it to the house.

You can tell the Colts coaching staff wanted him to lose yards and keep the clock running.

We're now 14 games in the season, and Jim Caldwell is still being ignorant. You have nothing to lose and you almost lost it. You can't do that next season, so don't keep him around. Put him out of his misery now, and make Colts nation happy.