If Tony Dungy does what a lot of people expect him to do, which is step down as the Colts head coach, their new head coach is already in place. Owner Jim Irsay confirmed on Thursday night that Jim Caldwell will be the teams new head coach when/if Dungy calls it quits. That could be as early as Monday as Dungy said after the teams playoff loss to the Chargers he would talk with his family in Tampa Bay and then make his decision known.
Caldwell, the teams current assistant head coach, may already know Dungy’s decision, as he has taken himself out of consideration for head coaching jobs in Atlanta and Baltimore. He was thought to be in the final running for the job with the Falcons, who also were turned down by Jason Garrett who instead decided to return to Dallas. Irsay stated directly that “Jim Caldwell would be the guy” if Dungy walks away.
The only head coaching experience that Caldwell has was when he was at Wake Forest. He spent eight seasons as the coach of the Demon Deacons. He did though coach the Colts through the tough stretch when Dungy missed a game when his 18-year-old son died back in 2005. It seems with him taking himself out of the running for two other jobs that its a “for sure” that Dungy is walking away and Caldwell is going to be the next head coach of the Colts.