The Indianapolis Colts are already underway in their efforts to replace head coach Jim Caldwell, whom they fired Tuesday. Jerry Gray, Mike Zimmer and Pete Carmichael Jr. are among the names already being discussed. But now two big-name head coaches have emerged as serious candidates for the opening: Jim Tressel and Brad Childress.
Tressel, 59, resigned in May as the head coach at Ohio State and worked this season as a Colts consultant. According to Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star, owner Jim Irsay flew to Sarasota, Fla., today to speak with Tressel, and multiple sources expect him to be interviewed for the head coaching position.
Childress, 55, who coached the Minnesota Vikings for four-plus seasons before his firing in 2010, may also be on the Colts' radar. Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that the Colts want to talk with Childress, who also interviewed recently for the vacant position in Tampa Bay. The Colts went 2-14 this past season in the absence of Peyton Manning, leading to Caldwell's firing this week. It's unclear whether Manning or an outside hire, perhaps Stanford prodigy Andrew Luck, will be at the helm when the Colts take the field in 2012.