Originally posted on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 1/18/12

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 27: Head coach Jim Caldwell of the Indianapolis Colts looks on in the first quarter during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Colts defeated the Cardinals 31-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Colts have fired Pete Metzelaars and Frank Reich according to Bob Kravitz:

Offensive line coach Pete Metzelaars and wide receivers coach Frank Reich were released today a source with knowledge of the situation said.

Those moves are likely to be followed by others on the coaching staff after head coach Jim Caldwell was fired on Tuesday.

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said during the announcement of Caldwell’s firing that he wanted to sit down and speak in person with each of the assistants.

That didn’t happen with Metzelaars, who was out of town, as are most of the assistant coaches.

The Metzelaars move surprises me as the offensive line took a step forward (figuratively and literally) this year under his guidance.  The running game improved and despite significant injuries performed pretty well in pass protection later in the year.  

Good luck to both men!

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