Colts fire defensive coach Larry Coyer

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indianapolis Colts have fired defensive coordinator Larry Coyer after starting the season 0-11.

The team made the announcement Tuesday. Coach Jim Caldwell, whose own job may be in jeopardy, says the move was made to "improve communication and production."

Coyer was in his third season with the Colts. He was a defensive assistant for two years in Tampa Bayand in Denver from 2000-06.

The Colts said linebackers coach Mike Murphy will take over the defense.

Indianapolis has struggled on both sides of the ball this season after losing quarterback Peyton Manning, who hasn't played in a game while he recovers from neck surgery.