Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - The Indianapolis Colts have fired head coach Jim Caldwell.
It took new general manager Ryan Grigson about a week to make his first big move. He was hired last Wednesday and decided to make the coaching change in the wake of a 2-14 season that will give the Colts the first overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Caldwell's three-year run as Colts coach ran full circle. He took over for Tony Dungy to start the 2009 season and led the Colts to a record of 14-2 with a Super Bowl loss to New Orleans. A mark of 10-6 with a first-round playoff loss to the Jets followed in 2010 before the injury to quarterback Peyton Manning led to a dismal 2011 campaign.
The Colts were awful in Manning's absence, losing their first 13 games before winning two in a row. A loss to Jacksonville in the season-finale secured the top overall pick in the upcoming draft and began an offseason housecleaning.
Longtime executive Bill Polian and his general manager son Chri...