hiring Jim Caldwell to their coaching staff, most likely as the quarterback coach. It's a good move for Caldwell and Baltimore both, and I hope Caldwell can be successful in his new (old) role.It just came out this morning that Baltimore is planning on
In light of this news, I was reading multiple accounts of the report when I stumbled upon an article that, surprisingly, slammed Jim Caldwell's character, questioning his integrity. Generally, I'm fairly uninterested in what former coaches are up to, but the attacking of Caldwell's character was the opposite of everything I'd ever heard, read, or seen during his time in Indianapolis. So, I kept reading.
Brad Wells, the author of the piece, starts out by looking back at former defensive coordinator Larry Coyer:
"We can debate whether or not Larry Coyer was a "bad hire" as defensive coordinator in Indianapolis or not. Personally, I don't think he was a good one."
It's hard to debate this. I agree with Wells, Coyer wasn't a good hire at all. His schemes caused Indianapolis' defense to get worse every single year, and by the time of his firing, the Colts' defensive schemes were terrible.
Coyer has an excellent reputation, and what he planned to do with Indianapolis' defense wasn't much different than what new head coach Chuck Pagano wants to do. The reason things didn't work out is because Bill and Chris Polian sucked at talent evaluation during Coyer's tenure.
Now it seems that Wells has done a 180, saying that it wasn't Coyer's fault that he failed, but that it was the Polian's. Maybe the first part about him not being a good coach was a typo, but either way, I think he's dead wrong on Coyer. Coyer not only was a bad fit for Indianapolis' personnel, but has never had much success as a defensive coordinator in the first place. I wrote about how his time in Indianapolis was a failure back in November, and I stand by it.
But even if Coyer's desecration in Indianapolis was due to the Polians (it wasn't), his job with other teams hasn't been much better. Coyer was fired from the Steelers as a defensive coordinator because the team quickly declined under his tenure (1st in DVOA in '97, then 12th in '98, and 15th in '99). Since he's been gone the Steelers got Dick LeBeau back and have been the premier defense in the league.
In his second stint as defensive coordinator, Coyer's Broncos were 12th, 5th, 9th, and 12th in DVOA. They were an above average defense, but nothing more. He was fired due to the defense's collapse during the second half of the season (2006), and got a job as the defensive line coach for Tampa Bay for the following season (translation: he was demoted).
I don't know where Wells is getting his information from, but Coyer's reputation as a defensive coordinator couldn't have been great at the time, considering that he couldn't get a job as one after Denver. His reputation wasn't what got him hired in Indy, the fact that Caldwell played for him at Iowa is what got him hired.
Using Pagano as a comparison doesn't work well either, the Colts are currently in a time of transition, looking to scrap everything and seemingly start over. Going to a different defensive scheme actually makes sense to do now, although a complete transition to 3-4 will still take time. In 2009 however, the Colts weren't rebuilding, nor did they need to.
The moment Bill and Chris Polian ordered Caldwell to fire Coyer, which everyone thinks happened back in November, a person of integrity would have told the Polians to go screw. It's the head coach who determines who the assistants are, not the friggin personnel department. If Caldwell had real stones, or morals, or whatever other term you want to use to describe integrity, he'd have told the Polians that firing Coyer in that way was wrong.
First, the claim that the Polian's "ordered Caldwell to fire Coyer" is pure speculation.
Second, the job of picking assistants falls to the front office and head coach. Obviously, the head coach needs to be able to work with the assistants and they need to fit in with his plan, but the front office of a team is the one that have to sign off on the hiring. While head coaches and assistant coaches often stay with similar people, they are hired and fired separately. They don't come in combo packs and you don't get a discount for buying in bulk. That's why Clyde Christiansen is still employed by the Colts, that's why Romeo Crennel is going to coach the Chiefs next year. The front office has a say in this process too.
Third, in what way was firing Coyer wrong? EVERYBODY in Indianapolis was pretty furious with him by the time he was fired, and for good reason. If Caldwell knew that it wasn't working (it wasn't) then he is in every way justified in firing him.
From my vantage, Caldwell fired Coyer, and later special teams coach Ray Rychleski, in an effort to save his own skin in Indianapolis. Rather than stand up for the men he personally hand-picked, Caldwell tossed them into the fire as a sacrifice to save his job.
See, from my vantage, Caldwell (and the front office) fired Coyer because he was trying to do his job. The head coach and front office are responsible for the team. The defense was terrible for the first part of the season, and was better after Coyer left as Mike Murphy simplified things for the young defense. I see no reason why Caldwell should have stood up for Coyer. Because he hired him? Since when does hiring somebody mean you're bound to him? If you look at a situation objectively and realize that somebody isn't doing their job, you can't fire them?
So, again, I think Caldwell will do a fine job in Baltimore as the QB coach, but, for me, I don't particularly view him as any kind moral man that deserves respect. He strikes me as a "yes man" wiling to throw his colleagues under a bus in order to save his hide, which, in the end, didn't get saved. Maybe that critique is unfair, but I'm basing it off the man's actions, and at the end of the day you are defined by what you do, not what you say.
Wells may not view him as a kind, moral man that deserves respect, but EVERYBODY who worked with the Colts did. If you've followed the Colts at all over the past few years, you've heard his players, colleagues, and bosses gush over Caldwell's character. From what I know, the Colts kept Caldwell as long as they did because of Caldwell as a person and a leader, despite his shortcomings as a head coach.
If firing people who are doing a bad job is "throwing them under a bus," then the entire football industry is guilty. Yes, Caldwell hired these assistant coaches, but they were not good coaches for the Colts. Wells himself states earlier in the article that Caldwell was lacking in his choice of coaching personnel. So why slam him for trying to fix his mistakes?
Caldwell may not have been a great head coach for the Colts, but he does not deserve to have his character and integrity insulted like that. The entire Colts organization has nothing but great things to say about Caldwell as a man, then that's good enough for me.
I cant believe you got all up in arms over typical Brad Wells trash article. The article was written for no reason than to get page hits.
Thanks for trying to give Caldwell a fair treatment on at least 1 major site in Colts fandom, Kyle. Everything BBS writes is worse than infected dog scat, but that article really took the cake. As most of the commenters, I wondered who it was that dared to depart from a pretty well-established narrative. Was there something huge we had missed, I suddenly thought? But when I saw the name of the author, I wondered no more. Not surprising; there´s only one person whose only goal regarding the Colts seem to be to throw flames at anything and anyone, and it´s shameful for SBN it´s also one of the worst writers out there. So many contradictions, so much dishonesty (he was Coyer´s biggest supporter and extolled his virtues endlessly), so little logic.
Bravo, Kyle, bravo.
While I agree with almost everything about Lord Volder-shoe that posters here are saying, what I particularly like about your post is that you didn't make it personal.
You just reasonably and logically refuted his whole post. So many times I have thought I should break my self imposed ban of ever posting at his site and do exactly what you just did. (But I probably wouldn't have the patience or the skill to do it as well as you just did.)
Alas, although this will probably create a name calling war, I'm still glad you did it. Shoot, I wish you would do it on everything he writes.
"Brad Wells, the author of the piece"
That's when I stopped reading and started skimming.
But you are correct, Kyle, Caldwell deserves better and this is an appropriate piece to refute and point out the ridiculousness behind it. Not even Kravitz would have written what Wells did, and that's saying something.
When I saw the title of the article I thought "Who would possibly write an article like that?" Then I saw it was Brad Wells. Duh. It's funny that he can present a series of facts, mix in a few off-the-wall assumptions and baseless opinions, and come out with an overall opinion that has no foundation in the facts he started with.
By his logic (not that's it logical in any way) Irsay is immoral for throwing the Polians and Caldwell under the bus and not firing himself somehow.
Brad Wells is a pusillanimous piece of pathetic that needs to quit writing for a Colts blog and cover a NY team, where he lives. (They seem to like inflammatory morons better there.) Since the very first article that I read there many years ago, I was embarrassed at how he represented the Colts fan base by insulting other teams and riling other teams' fans against us.
I tried for a short while to be an apologist and a mediator at the other sites where he made us look bad. In the end, I just stopped going to his site altogether. He is in it for page "hits', and I won't grace him with any from me.
I do hope that one day that major network (SB Nation) can get a decent Colts blogger. It's a great forum, but we are represented disgracefully. I don't say these things casually. It's a shame.
@coltsfanawalt What's really ironic is that I saw the tweet for this and thought "wow, really? that's almost a SB-style headline." Lo and behold, HWSNBN was referenced within my first 30 seconds of reading, and it all became clear. From what I recall, SB is for the most part a tabloid-style site, driven by a tabloid style personality.
When I'm in the grocery checkout line, I usually guide my kids' eyes away from the tabloids. You know what they say: garbage in, garbage out.
@coltsfanawalt agreed, i refuse to give him the page hits and so i don't visit stampedeblue anymore. well, that and i got banned from the forums for not accepting his status quo.
Oh, to answer the question in the headline: NO.
But to answer the unspoken one: Do certain writers throw around unfounded accusations based on fallacious arguments and abysmally constructed logic? YES.
The guy is a successful troll. Nothing more, nothing less. It's really getting to the point where I imagine he's sitting around trying to think of the most outlandish article he can write to get people to his site, knowing that he can't just rest on the increasing fan base of a great team. Once the team's success ebbs under a new regime, the majority of fans left online will be the hardcore fans that want intelligent analysis, i.e. CA's readers.
With that said, I can't help but go to the article to make a disparaging remark.
Please do not call my attention to anything Brad Wells writes. On top of what everyone else has written below- often very well....
Brad Wells doesn't know anything about football.
Agreed with not going down this path. Brad Wells is an absolute idiot and complete waste of time. For the love of Peyton, do not ever bring him into this site - he will poison the well!
@Riot Yes, this. Please - <i>PLEASE</i> - never bring Brad Wells's agitprop to this site ever again. Couple of the folks left may be all right, stand up guys, but Brad Wells is simply everything he's projecting upon the Polian's and anyone else he targets.
Don't go down this road Kyle. It's not worth it. Now that you've deconstructed one his slimy hateful blog posts, you could go to his archive, rinse and repeat.
Wells is that annoying kid on the bus that bitches yells and fights over a god damn sports team. You remember that lil bastard.
And what's worse, he controls his blog like a facist. Dissenting opinions need not apply.
But we already knew this...
thanx for the blog , CA...keep it up!
The guy who launches vicious ad hominem attacks against anyone who doesn't stroke his ego doesn't get to tell me what integrity is.
Brad Wells is one of the true bottom feeders that covers the team. The unfortunate circumstance that he has a forum has ruined Stampedeblue.
I like to read several Colts blogs for information and have no allegiance to any specific site. However Mr Wells thinks he speaks for the entire fan base. He is classless and not really all that of an excellent writer.
Many if us wanted Caldwell gone an also thought Polians time had passed but they turned their site into a medium used to take personal shots at these guys. They still are bashing them even though they are not employees anymore
Mr Wells is not a journalist. He is just like any other fan that is fille with hate and contempt. He just happens to have a SB nation blog under his control. He is a coward because he says inflammatory things but unlike Kravitz or Chapelle he does not have to ever face anyone like a man...
Stampede does a good job of posting stories in real time and I will continue to read all Colts sites for information but the gutter lowest common denominator mentality where he reprehensibly used shock tactics lies and personal disdain to report on the Colts news.
He is a fraud a charlatan, a scallywag, a rascal, a liar, has delusions of grandeur, is egocentric and ignorant. He is the vomit hosed off of rolercoaster rides at six flag parks. He is the excrement produced when arrogance is devoured by cowardice. He is the sewage devoured by shrimp crabs and lobsters. He is the nauseating odor that reeks from the web when googling Indianapolis Colts. He is the infestation of vermin that feasts on crumbs and refuse and rotted corpses.
The website has become the Enquirer/Star of the Blue Nation...
Thank you for providing an alternative. I wish you success and prosperity...
@Supreme Omega That last paragraph is of the same linguistic wit of the "Mr. Grinch" song, and I love it.
@Supreme Omega What more could I add? You hit it all on the nose. I'm convinced he's not even a colts fan. I only go to their site because they post news pretty fast. I refuse to even read one of his columns . I'm starting to love this site more and more everyday. Brad actually makes me not even want to be a colts fan.
I would avoid the site but the other writers actually hav some talent and also they do post real time information. They don't break news but get it to their site before other Colts sites do. I'm not anti Stampedeblue but I dislike Mr Wells' sophomoric writing style...
If Coltsauthority turns into what it can be I won't need to go elsewhere
Wow. Just wow. He bases a well-regarded man's entire moral standing on an isolated incident where he quite frankly made the difficult choice of firing a friend and colleague. It obviously wasn't working out with Coyer for us and keeping him in for pure nepotism would have been a mark on his character, imo. This whole thing seems to be a way to smear the Polians slant-wise, as it was apparently it was their ill-influence that caused Caldwell to be led down the path to the "dark side." None of this rings true and is shameful to heap such slanderous statements on a man like Caldwell.
Absolutely right Kyle. I read that piece this afternoon and was scratching my head. I read that site often but at times there seems to be more speculation and scapegoating than facts and common sense.