Colts Part Ways With 10 Assistant Coaches After Worst Season in 20 Years

The Indianapolis Colts parted ways with 10 coaches yesterday, two days after they fired head coach Jim Caldwell following their worst season in 20 years.

The Colts fired eight assistants, while defensive backs coach Alan Williams left to become defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings and linebackers coach Mike Murphy retired after 14 seasons with Indianapolis and 27 years in the National Football League, the team said.

The Colts couldn’t overcome the loss of quarterback Peyton Manning, a four-time NFL Most Valuable Player, who missed the entire season while recovering from neck surgery. The team ended the season 2-14.

The Colts have the first pick in the April draft and are in position to take Stanford University quarterback Andrew Luck, who is regarded by analysts as the No. 1 player available. Manning is 35 years old and has played 14 years in the NFL.

-- With assistance from Erik Matuszewski in New York. Editors: Dex McLuskey, Rob Gloster

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