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News » Indianapolis Colts Inside Slant 2009-03-14

Indianapolis Colts Inside Slant 2009-03-14

Indianapolis Colts Inside Slant 2009-03-14
It's safe to say that Jim Caldwell has hit the ground running since he was named as the Indianapolis Colts head coach over a month ago.

Caldwell, who has made the move up from assistant and associate head coach under former Colts coach Tony Dungy, understood that the job of running an NFL franchise wouldn't come easy. But with April's NFL Draft quickly coming up, he seems to be adjusting pretty well to his new duties.

"One of the things is you have to set priorities in this business. You have to make certain you try to adhere to what you've kind of put in place as to what's really important to you. If you don't, this job could certainly keep you busy all day and all night. You can always find something to do between the preparation needed in terms of directing your staff and the players and also preparation that's needed evaluating personnel on your own team and the draft. And obviously, preparing for public speaking engagements and things of that nature and dealing with the media," he said recently.

"There is a lot to do, but it's a lot of fun, too. It's a real challenge. It certainly gives you an opportunity to get a real sense of who you are. It certainly touches you in almost every single area of your life."

The fact that this isn't Caldwell's first job as a head coach has helped him. He was in charge of the Wake Forest program from 1993 to 2000.

"That can't be minimized. It cuts out a lot of the apprehension and trepidation in terms of going into a whole new situation, something foreign that you haven't done before. You're certainly a lot more comfortable with yourself in that role," he said.

"Often, some of the guys may not be as comfortable with themselves because they haven't been there before. Obviously, a lot of guys do great jobs in their first year. That has been proven in this league, but it does help. I can tell you that."

Caldwell has made a couple of changes to the Colts' coaching staff since taking over for Dungy, losing defensive coordinator Ron Meeks to the Carolina Panthers and special teams coach Russ Purnell to Jacksonville. Meeks resigned while Purnell's contract was not renewed.

"First of all, they were good people who did a good job. They were good coaches, but my job is to get things the way I see the direction I want to do. Often, that requires change that's not very comfortable. I think, too, if you meet it head on and are direct about it and give your reasons why, it may not be something you're comfortable with, but it's palatable. I think those involved understand. In the cases it happened here, both men were certainly able to land on their feet rather quickly. Because they're good at what they do," he said.

"It's probably not any different than a politician that goes in and restructures his cabinet. Not because of the fact that the cabinet wasn't good and there weren't very capable people in that cabinet, but he wanted to make certain it's going how he approved of and was in line with his vision. That's how I would probably characterize it."

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 14, 2009

Keyunta Dawson Name: Keyunta Dawson
Position: DE
Age: 22
Experience: 2 years
College: Texas Tech
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