Possible candidates in search for Indianapolis Colts head coach
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts’ search for Chuck Pagano’s replacement is underway, and likely will continue for a couple of weeks.
A few issues seem undeniable, most notably that general manager Chris Ballard will “do the heavy lifting,’’ as owner Jim Irsay put it. It’s up to Ballard to form a list of primary candidates, vet them and handle the initial interview.
At the end of the process, Irsay is expected to sign off on Ballard’s decision.
“There hasn’t been a time where I haven’t followed the recommendations of what the general manager had recommended to me,’’ Irsay said.
The search, Ballard said, will be “wide open,’’ but any viable candidate must possess a “presence’’ and “be able to lead the room.’’
And one more thing: the Colts won’t be in a sharing mood during their search.
“We’re going to keep everything we do internal, including who we’re interviewing,’’ Ballard said.
That in mind, here’s a look at possible candidates:
- Age: 41
- Current position: New England Patriots offensive coordinator/quartetbacks coach
- Resume: Has been part of Bill Belichick’s staff for 13 seasons, the last six as offensive coordinator. . . . Possesses head coaching experience, although his two-year stint with the Denver Broncos (2009-10) ended with him being fired after a 3-9 start in ’10. Was 11-17 with Broncos.
- Update: NFL Network reported McDaniels met with the Colts Thursday. He also has drawn interest from the New York Giants and Chicago Bears.
- Age: 55
- Current position: Kansas City Chiefs special teams coach
- Resume: In charge of the Chiefs special teams since 2013. . . . Held a similar position with the Chicago Bears from 2004-13. . . . Considered to be high on Ballard’s list because of the two being together in Kansas City (2013-16) and Chicago (2004-12).
- Update: There has been no report of the Colts seeking permission from the Chiefs to interview Toub, although NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that is expected to happen.
- Age: 39
- Current position: Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator
- Resume: Chiefs offensive coordinator the past two seasons, and the team’s quarterbacks coach the previous three seasons. . . . He and Nagy were together in Kansas City from 2013-16.
- Update: Nagy confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Teicher he will interview with the Colts and Chicago Bears. Rapoport reported Nagy will meet with the Colts Sunday.
- Age: 48
- Current position: Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator
- Resume: Was elevated to defensive coordinator in ’17 after serving as a Panthers’ assistant since 2012. . . . Coached DBs with San Diego Chargers (2009-11) and Chicago Bears (2006-08). . . . Stint with Bears coincided with Ballard (2006-08).
- Update: Wilks confirmed the Colts were one of the teams that sought permission from the Panthers to interview him. The New York Giants and Detroit Lions also have expressed interest.
- Age: 39
- Current position: Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator
- Resume: Seahawks’ defensive coordinator since 2015 after spending four seasons as defensive backs and cornerbacks coach.
- Update: Rapoport reported Colts met with Richard Friday.
- Age: 42
- Current position: Houston Texans defensive coordinator
- Resume: The Texans’ defensive coordinator in 2017 after serving as linebackers coach in 2014-16.
- Update: NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported the Colts will meet with Vrabel Saturday.
- Age: 56
- Current position: Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator
- Resume: Eagles’ offensive coordinator since 2016. . . . Previously with the San Diego Chargers (2013-15), Arizona Cardinals (2012) and Colts (2008-11. . . . Responsibilities with Colts included quarterbacks and receivers.
- Update: There has been no report of the Colts asking for permission to interview Reich.
- Age: 52
- Current position: Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator
- Resume: Vikings’ offensive coordinator since 2016. . . . NFL experience includes two-year stint as Cleveland Browns’ head coach (9-23 record in 2011-12).
- Update: There has been no report of the Colts asking for permission to interview Shurmur.