Getting defensive with the next coach

Mike Chappell points out that 2 of the 3 known candidates are defensive coordinators while offensive coordinator Clyde Christiansen may have survived yesterday’s round of dismissals:

The list of candidates to replace Jim Caldwell, who was fired Tuesday, includes Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.

A source with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed plans were being made for Carmichael to meet with the Colts on Thursday evening or today, while a different source confirmed the team will interview Gray. ESPN reported the team also plans to discuss its vacancy with Zimmer.

The Colts declined comment Thursday on the search for Caldwell’s replacement.

Grigson emphasized Tuesday that leadership will be a required trait for whomever is chosen to direct the team during its rebuilding process.