Report: 0-16 will cost Caldwell his job

In his first season as the Indianapolis Colts head coach, Jim Caldwell had a chance to make a run at 16-0, but the Colts decided to shut it down and rest starters for the 2009 playoffs.

Indianapolis lost its final two regular-season games that year to finish 14-2, but still reached the Super Bowl, where the Colts lost to New Orleans.

Now, with the Colts are staring the reverse in the face. They are knocking on the door of 0-16 without Peyton Manning, and there has been speculation that Caldwell might not survive as Indy's head coach, unless he can pull out a victory or two in otherwise meaningless games for his team.

Jason La Canfora of says sources tell him that if the Colts don't break through and win one of their three remaining games that Caldwell is indeed a goner.

Caldwell has three chances left against teams he has his most familiarity with - the remainder of the AFC South. First up is a home game Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, who are fighting for their playoff lives at 7-6. Next comes a home date with the AFC South champion Houston, which will still be in the hunt for the top overall seed and/or a first-round bye, with the season finale a road game in Jacksonville (4-9), which might be the most winnable of the games.

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