The Colts were busy today, announcing the termination of defensive coordinator Larry Coyer who will be replaced by linebacker coach Mike Murphy.
Coyer's defense has steadily declined since Coyer has been in charge. After ending 11th (total defense) in the league with Ron Meeks as DC in 2008, the Colts have gone 18th, 20th, and 29th in Coyer's tenure. Advanced stats tell us the same thing, as the Colts were 10th in DVOA in 2008, but have gone 15th, 24th, and 31st since.
This move is overdue, as we've been calling for it all season as Coyer continues to make questionable decisions. Jim Caldwell stated that the move should "improve communication," which could hint towards the Tryon debacle in the beginning of the season.
No matter how you look at it, Coyer being gone is a positive thing for the Colts.
The Colts also announced that Dan Orlovsky will start against New England in a move that won't have nearly the impact that the firing of Coyer will. The quarterback replacement was likely triggered by the abhorrent performance by Painter in a winnable game against Carolina, but all in all is more of a PR move than anything else.
If the coaches continue to call the offense like Peyton Manning was behind center, it won't matter whether Painter or Orlovsky starts. Both moves make the game at New England a bit more interesting to watch, even if the outcome will likely still be the same.