The 2009 Indianapolis Colts: Backing Down From History’s Call

The Indianapolis Colts had become a model of consistency since Peyton Manning had taken over at quarterback in 1999, but there would still be change in 2009. Tony Dungy, the head coach from 2002-08 had stepped down. Dungy reached the playoffs all seven years of his tenure and won the Super Bowl in 2006. His second-in-command, Jim Caldwell, was elevated to the top job. The 2009 Indianapolis Colts spent the season looking ready to make history, but instead shied away from greatness and ended up without even a Super Bowl ring.