Indianapolis Colts Are Right to Stick with Jim Caldwell

More than a week removed from the Indianapolis Colts’ season-ending 17-16 loss to the New York Jets in a wild-card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium, much has been made about why the team did not advance further into the postseason and about what it should do this offseason.

A good portion of those discussions has involved Colts coach Jim Caldwell and his questionable timeout with 29 seconds remaining in the game. The Jets were aiming to get in field-goal range, and Caldwell’s timeout was followed by New York quarterback Mark Sanchez’s 18-yard pass down the sideline to receiver Braylon Edwards that set up kicker Nick Folk’s game-winning 32-yard field goal. Folk had been shaky at best from long range all season.

The timeout drew the ire of Colts fans, many of whom began calling for Caldwell to be fired immediately after the loss.

Let’s be frank. That’s not going to happen this offseason.

By Drew Allen

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Indianapolis Colts Fall to New York Jets in Playoff Opener

And just as quickly as the Indianapolis Colts had risen, they have now fallen.

The Colts, who rode a four-game winning streak to the third seed in the AFC playoffs, fell 17-16 to the No. 6-seeded New York Jets in Saturday’s wild card matchup at Lucas Oil Stadium when Jets kicker Nick Folk hit a 32-yard field goal as the clock wound down to zero.

Just when everyone thought momentum had finally swung Indianapolis’ way, the Colts suffered their seventh one-and-done playoff appearance in 11 trips to the postseason during the Peyton Manning era. The team now has a 9-10 playoff mark in that time span, which dates back to January 2000 (for the 1999 season).

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