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Will Jim Caldwell’s Promotion Signal the End of the Colts’ Success?

Published by on May 20, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

The loss of a future Hall of Fame head coach like Tony Dungy is certain to have an impact on a team's success, right?

If you ask Redskins fans who witnessed the transition from Joe Gibbs to Richard Petitbon in 1993, you would get a resounding "Yes!"  Petitbon took over after Gibbs retired and led the 'Skins to a dismal 4-12 finish.  He was abruptly fired.

Head coach Jim Caldwell and Petitbon have a number of noteworthy similarities. 

Both spent years developing teams and won Super Bowls under their predecessors.

Both were entering their first head coaching jobs in the NFL.

The similarities end there.  Tony Dungy has left Caldwell with a group of players much better prepared to carry on the team's success than Petitbon's Redksins.

Petitbon led a 1993 Redskins team that included quarterback Mark Rypien, rookie running back Reggie Brooks, and aging wide receiver Art Monk.

Compare those players to the ones available fo...

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