Does Caldwell's Disappearance from Other Coaching Searches Signal Dungy's Intention?

As Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy prepares to announce a decision about whether he will retire, it is intriguing that Colts quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell has dropped off the radar for other head coaching vacancies around the league.

Caldwell once was viewed as a top candidate in Atlanta and Baltimore. But the Ravens are trying to hire Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and appear to have Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach John Harbaugh as their fallback choice. The Falcons seem to be focusing on Garrett and Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. Caldwell was on the Washington Redskins' list of candidates but is not scheduled, at this point, to interview with them.

In Indianapolis, Caldwell also has the title of assistant head coach and is viewed as the likely successor to Dungy when Dungy walks away from the sport, whether that's now or sometime in the future. Some within the league view Caldwell's sudden disappearance from the other coaching searches as a possible sign that Dungy is about to retire and Caldwell perhaps has received private assurances that he's about to take over.

Dungy has indicated he plans to announce his decision by early next week. Caldwell declined to comment on his head coaching possibilities as he walked out of the Colts' locker room at the RCA Dome following Sunday's season-ending playoff loss to the San Diego Chargers.

By Mark Maske |  January 17, 2008; 10:19 AM ET  | Category:  Colts , Falcons , Ravens , Redskins
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