Who Is Out There for the Colts?

posted by Schultz -

There's no question that Josh McDaniels has put the Colts in a horrible spot. It's February 7th, which is extremely late in the game as it is, and several of his staff members (like defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus) have already signed contracts. Nearly ever other coach they interviewed and/or expressed interest in during this process - Matt Nagy (Chicago), Steve Wilks (Arizona), Mike Vrabel (Tennessee), Matt Rhule (Baylor) - is a head coach somewhere else..

Reports are that the team has a list of a few candidates and could start conducting interviews as early as today:

Here's a look at some possible options:

Frank Reich, Eagles offensive coordinator

Reich spent the first four seasons of his NFL coaching career with the Colts (2008-11) as their quarterbacks coach and then wide receivers coach. He interviewed for the Bills vacancy before last season, and the Titans pursued him during Philly's playoff run for their opening. He's spent four seasons as an offensive coordinator, beginning in 2015 with the Chargers.

Dave Toub, Chiefs special teams coordinator

Most assumed that Toub was going to have a legitimate shot at the Colts' job because he has a long-standing relationship with Chris Ballard from their time together in both Chicago and Kansas City. Although they reportedly expressed interest, it seems that Toub was never formally interviewed by the Colts or any other team for their head coaching vacancy.

Dan Campbell, Saints assistant head coach and tight ends coach

Campbell, unlike many others on this list, actually has head coaching experience. He was the interim coach in MIami when Joe Philbin was fired in early 2015, and led the Dolphins to a 5-7 record in the games he coached. He spent eleven seasons as a player (1999-2009), winning a Super Bowl over the Colts with the Saints in his final year. 

Others:

John DeFilippo (Eagles quarterbacks coach): You saw what he's done with Carson Wentz and Nick Foles.

Jim Schwartz (Eagles defensive coordinator): Hell, throw any of the Eagles coaches in here.

Jim Bob Cooter (Lions offensive coordinator): Matt Patricia will keep him on the Lions' staff, but he reportedly will be allowed to look around. Has Colts ties.

Kris Richard (Cowboys defensive backs coach): the only candidate interviewed by the Colts who isn’t committed to being a head coach elsewhere, but he was fired in Seattle and took a demotion in Dallas.

Jim Caldwell: Hey, why not?

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