Caldwell may get reprieve in Indy

If the writers who cover the Indianapolis Colts on a regular basis are to be believed (and they surely have sources to keep them on the right trail), then Jim Caldwell may survive and coach the team in 2012.

Both Indianapolis Star beat writers, Phillip Wilson in his blog and Mike Chappell in answering a fan's question, seem to think that Caldwell will indeed be back coaching the Colts next season. New general manager Ryan Grigson is expected to make his official decision on Caldwell within the next couple of days.

If Caldwell does survive, consider that a bit of an upset of sorts from the way the season ended, although his chances did improve dramatically when he was retained and both Bill and Chris Polian were shown the door in the aftermath of a 2-14 season. Usually new general managers who step into a rebuilding situation are eager to find their own guy, the way Reggie McKenzie jettisoned Hue Jackson in Oakland.

But this much appears certain. If Caldwell hangs on, then he will probably be on a fairly short leash next year, with or without Peyton Manning. Grigson and owner Jim Irsay likely will want to see much better from the Colts in 2012, no matter who is under center.

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