The Colts said in a statement Wednesday that head coach Jim Caldwell wants to make a change. Indianapolis ranked last in the league in kickoff return average (18.6 yards) and punt return average (3.4).
Rychleski is the second Indy assistant to lose his job. Defensive coordinator Larry Coyer was fired in late November and replaced by linebackers coach Mike Murphy.
Finally. Good luck to him in college ranks, and let´s hope ST teams for the Colts stop being a permanent disgrace.
Aside from McAfee, Vinatieri and Snow as individuals, special teams were a true disgrace this past year.
This guy should have gotten canned first, in my opinion. I never even heard excuses for his ineffectiveness, and EVERYONE'S got excuses
@naptown_ninja Totally agree. And the only thing I disagree with TrueBlue is that STs were a disgrace all three years he coached. Clearly a case of a Caldwell buddy getting a shot in the pros after years in college (where he was well liked, but that doesn't mean he was a good coach).
At the time Colts fans were so pumped up to get rid of Russ Purnell it wasn't funny. Ray looked pretty good and had people excited. Still, he didn't get positive results.
With so much money tied up in vets it's hard to have depth. Depth is a big contributor to ST success. It looks like that'll still be a problem in 2012 so the question remains: which ST coach can help overcome that gap?
@naptown_ninja@smonroe I felt the same way. The year Purnell was fired and subsequently hired in Jacksonville I attended training camp to see the Jags. A friend and Jaguars fan went with me and asked what to expect of Purnell. I distinctly recall that I told him they'd suck on ST in two years.
I was wrong. I think Scobee killed the Colts with a long FG at least once, maybe twice since Purnell arrived. Instead, the Colts special teams continued to suck.
@coltsauth_todd@smonroe 2010 with all of the injuries was one the year I thought he didn't have much of a hand to play. New DBs signed off the street every other week, etc. I was prepared to excuse a lot bullshit during the 2010 season. Many top teams still have the bulk of their $$ tied up in veteran playmakers and manage field good ST units, though. So, for me, I guess that excuse flew in 2010, but not so much in 2011. As for who could fill the position more effectively, I have no idea. Really, I didn't think it would be possible to under -perform compared to Purnell's ST. But that was certainly the case.