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After going 2-14, Caldwell fired in Colts purge

INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Caldwell endured everything thrown at him during his first two seasons as the Colts' coach. He couldn't survive the loss of Peyton Manning.

Caldwell became the Colts' third high-profile dismissal in an offseason purge, getting fired Tuesday after a 2-14 season.

"This is obviously a big transitional time for us, and … it's hard when you say goodbyes to some people," team owner Jim Irsay said. "But it's part of the business."

This month Irsay fired team vice chairman Bill Polian and his son, Chris, the general manager. Last week, Ryan Grigson was named the GM of a team which owns the No. 1 overall draft pick.

Things were so clouded Monday, Caldwell met former Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo about the defensive coordinator job. Tuesday morning, the conventional wisdom was that Caldwell would stay. A few hours later, everything changed suddenly.

In 2009 Caldwell was the fifth rookie head coach to reach the Super Bowl and returned to the playoffs in 2010 despite an injury-plagued year.

But those successes came with Manning, who missed this season after two neck surgeries. This season, without him, the Colts started 0-13.

LUCK AGENT: Andrew Luck's uncle will serve as the agent for the former Stanford quarterback, thought to be the likely No. 1 overall draft choice. Wasserman Media Group hired Will Wilson to represent the quarterback.

BRONCOS: Running back Willis McGahee and left tackle Ryan Clady were added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster. They replace the injured Arian Foster (Texans) and Jake Long (Dolphins).

CHARGERS: Offensive line coach Hal Hunter had offensive coordinator duties added. He was promoted to replace Clarence Shelmon.

FALCONS: Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan was named defensive coordinator. He held the same post in Miami the past two seasons.

RAMS: Coach Jeff Fisher was introduced after signing a five-year deal. "My decision was very, very simple," he said. "It was based on a shared collective vision in restoring this franchise to a place of significance."

STEELERS: The team said running backs coach Kirby Wilson, a former Bucs assistant, remained in critical condition with burns on more than 45 percent of his body. Wilson, 50, also suffered smoke inhalation in a Jan. 6 fire at his townhouse. … Ed Tomlin, the biological father of coach Mike Tomlin, died of a heart attack Monday in Ocala, the Ocala Star-Banner said. He was 63.

After going 2-14, Caldwell fired in Colts purge 01/17/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 9:37pm]
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