Jim Caldwell, meet job security.
In the aftermath of the wild-card loss to the Jets and the timeout call that left Colts fans frothing at the mouth but Caldwell having no regrets, many were calling for change in Indianapolis. “Fire Caldwell” has been the outcry.
The man who has a say in the matter — owner Jim Irsay — told the Indianapolis Star he understands the reaction from fans, but stands behind Caldwell.
“Jim’s done a really good job,” Irsay said Tuesday. “(People) forget he was on the field less than a year ago while we were hoisting the AFC championship trophy in front of our fans.”
Added Irsay, “People express their opinion, which is great,” he said. “But if you’re not around this thing 24/7, if you’re not involved in the deep, internal conversations, the perspective is hard to get.”
“As the owner, I’m the one who has to decide who measured up under tough circumstances, who did their job. Our guys did.”
It’s difficult to come to Caldwell’s defense over the suspect call, which left two of our resident head coaches — Brian Billick and Jim Mora — admittedly “perplexed.” But Irsay seems pretty content to slide the decision neatly under the rug and move on.
Here’s the question, Colts fans: are you? Do you back Irsay or are you still calling for Caldwell’s job?