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Indianapolis Colts: The Team Needs a New Coach

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Head coach Jim Caldwell of the Indianapolis Colts reacts as he coaches against the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Jets won 17-16. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Mike RContributor IJanuary 12, 2011

I was watching the AFC wildcard matchup between the Jets and the Colts and there was one obvious mismatch in the game all night.

It wasn't Peyton Manning against the Jets pass defense or L.T. against the Colts run defense, the mismatch was on the sideline: It was Rex Ryan vs. Jim Caldwell.

As much as it pains me to say this, the Colts need a new coach. Caldwell was out-schemed and out-coached by Rex Ryan and the Jets.

He failed to make adjustments so that his best offensive weapon would get the football. Reggie Wayne had one catch for one yard—really? Caldwell should have moved Wayne around and made sure that the Colts ran plays to get Wayne involved.

What about the infamous timeout? For what purpose did he call a timeout? What was the logic in that? I am sure that Jim Caldwell is a good man, but I think he is in over his head as the Colts head coach. He can get them to the playoffs but he is not Tony Dungy.

Peyton Manning is 35 and there are only so many years left in his golden right arm.

The Colts need a leader who can develop game plans that give his team the best chance of success. The Colts didn't have that this past weekend. Dungy's specialty was in taking a rag tag defensive group and getting the most out of them. He made a defense full of lower round picks respectable.

Caldwell is an offensive coach, but he doesn't really seem to add anything to the Colts offense. Everyone knows that the Colts offense is the brainchild of Peyton Manning and Tom Moore.

If you think last year's Super Bowl appearance is a reason that he should keep his job, think again.

Remember how well the teams of Brad Childress and Wade Phillips looked last year? Both men have been unceremoniously dismissed since then.

The Colts would be the perfect organization for a Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden to come into and work his magic for two or three years.

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