Originally posted by Archie:
Jim Caldwell is a very good coach. He was Peyton Manning's quarterback coach for the better part of Manning's career. So many people forget that Peyton was not always great, he was one dimensional in that he threw to Marvin Harrison all the time. Manning does not coach himself and to say so is ridiculous and I think some of the criticism of Caldwell is not related to his job but something else and I think Deion Sander's criticism of Manning is not related to Manning's performance but something else. The facts are that Caldwell and Manning are on a team that won 16 games and they are on a team that got to the Superbowl. The fact is that Manning was one completion shy of a Superbowl record and he completed 70 percent of his passes and as a coach Caldwell has his team up 10 - 0 after a quarter and if not for a dropped pass or two the Colts could have been up 13 - 3 at the least. I do feel like Caldwell was outcoached,however, in that he probably should have punted instead of kicking a 50 yard field goal and he never adjusted to Brees taking one-step or three-step drops but then the Saints have the number one offense and Sean Payton knew he couldn't beat the Colts straight up. The Colts starters won every game they played in entirety except the Superbowl so you have to give the coach some credit. If you win 16 games in the NFL you have outcoached a whole lot of people and the Colts were a better team this year than last year. Guess what, I predict they will win at least 11 games next season because that's what they do. Brees outplayed Manning,this time, and Sean Payton outcoached Caldwell this time and I just wish people could see that more than the faces of Manning and Caldwell.
I am sure Caldwell is very good quarterback
coach. The issue is him being a head coach. It is obvious that Peyton manning hardly ever talks to Caldwell during a game, only to Tom Moore, the OC. They are running the offense and managing the game. Caldwell makes few decisions if any on that side of the ball.
And of course he would have no input on defense.
[ Edited by jimmythegreekjr on Feb 10, 2010 at 12:25 PM ]