The Colts said goodbye to several assistant coaches after deciding to retain Chuck Pagano as their head coach last week and they parted ways with another one on Thursday.
The team announced that offensive line coach Hal Hunter won’t be back with the team. The news doesn’t come as a big surprise after reports earlier this week suggested the team was interested in having former Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin join the team in that role. Although Hunter is officially out of the picture, the Colts will likely have to look elsewhere as Philbin is expected to join the Giants as Ben McAdoo’s offensive coordinator.
Hunter spent one year as the team’s offensive line coach and two as the assistant line coach. The unit has not been a strong one over that period, although the personnel choices by General Manager Ryan Grigson have certainly had an impact on its performance.
The Colts also confirmed the previously reported hiring of Jim Herrmann as their linebackers coach. Herrman held the same job with the Giants since 2009. They also announced that Darren Krein is the new strength and conditioning coach. Krein was in the same position with the Dolphins from 2011 to 2015.