Kravitz: Who was Caldwell?

Bob Kravitz looks back at the Caldwell years and notes the city never accepted him as they had his predecessor:

If Caldwell should have regrets about his short time as head coach, it should be that he didn’t have more of a backbone. Even if he wasn’t a puppet, that was the vibe you got. And fans and media saw that. While he never lost that locker room, it was like he lost the city. And not just because he was unemotional on the sidelines, which seemed to work fine for Tom Landry, Bill Walsh and so many others. Heck, Tony Dungy was unemotional.

But we got to KNOW Tony Dungy. We saw a glimpse of his soul. He opened up to people. When he was asked his opinion on an issue besides football, he had something to say. Caldwell never did that. It’s largely why a man who went 24-8 his first two seasons as the Colts head coach never quite resonated in this city.

Todd Smith

About Todd Smith

Todd Smith is a part-time sportswriter who spends too much time arguing on Twitter. What he really loves is eating poorly and watching football. He got his first Colts t-shirt in 1984 shortly after the Mayflower trucks arrived and has never given up on his hometown team. He also still holds to the belief that Kordell Stewart stepped out of the end zone and thus cheated the Colts.