Who will the Colts interview?

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As PFT reported earlier tonight, the Colts were bracing for the possibility of Josh McDaniels not signing the paperwork that would have made him the next head coach of the team. Three candidates are expected to be interviewed in the next 24-48 hours.

For now, it’s not known who they are. Possibilities (in our view, with no inside information for now) include Chiefs special-teams coordinator Dave Toub, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, and former Falcons and Seahawks coach Jim Mora.

Toub worked with Colts G.M. Chris Ballard in Kansas City. Many believed Toub would be the first choice to replace Chuck Pagano; ultimately, Toub wasn’t even interviewed.

Schwartz, Reich, and DeFilippo currently have the shine of a Super Bowl championship, having beaten McDaniels and the Patriots. Schwartz and DeFilippo both interviewed for the Cardinals’ job last month.

Frazier once worked for the Colts as an assistant to Tony Dungy, and Frazier surely would get the endorsement of his former boss. Mora’s father coached the Colts before Dungy.

Then there’s Dungy. He joked on PFT Live recently that he’d come back to coaching for $20 million per year. And while he’s been officially done for nine years, this could be the kind of situation that makes him at least think for a minute or two about a return, even though it remains highly, highly unlikely that Dungy would emerge from retirement.

89 responses to “Who will the Colts interview?

  1. Jim Schwartz, put good team together and it’s time for the rest of the
    NFL to start taking it apart.

  2. I have to believe the latest news on Luck was significantly worse than the Colts had been communicating – why else would McDaniels sudden lose interest

  3. This will be interesting… With so many others coaching staffs finishing hiring the best they can find, whoever this HC is going to be will be chosing his staf from slim pickings….

    Colts future not looking positive for the next 2-3 years!

  4. For the sake of the franchise just give the coach from Michigan a blank check and let him draft.
    #nottacoltsfanjustcommonsense.

  5. I’d love to see Coach Dungy come out of retirement, I mean broadcasting, and coach again

  6. If luck was as good as the media said he was after an ok rookie year followed by more ok years that position would not only be filled but it wouldn’t be open. Pagano would have already had deep playoff runs and wouldn’t have lost his job.

  7. I don’t think any of the Eagles candidates would want to jump behind that train wreck in Indy after looking so good in Philly this year. There have been all sorts of Rumors about Schwartz wanting a HC job again, but I think that all 3 of those guys are more than happy coming back next year to make another SB run with Carson Wentz. Don’t see any of them leaving for another year at best.

    What about Del Rio???

  8. After this royal screwup, I honestly think that you need to appoint someone who has had previous NFL head coaching experience. Someone who knows how to come in, put together a coaching staff and easily handle the disaster. Most of the list above don’t have the experience and would have to learn on the fly. However, Jeff Fisher, Mike Smith and Rex Ryan have all got long NFL head coaching experience. They could easily handle the media and also deal with an extremely difficult owner who seems to like to get personally involved with everything.

  9. The Jets, Bills, and Dolphins are licking their chops at the thought of McDaniels becoming or eventually becoming head coach of the Patriots. Guy hasn’t learned since his Broncos stint. He has a huge ego, he’s weak, his flaws are masked by Brady. Hes toxic to every team outside of New England, what players or coaches would want to play/coach for this guy? He will ruin that franchise, Indy dodged a bullet.

  10. A guy like Dungy might agree to a caretaker role, where he comes in and coaches for a year while the team hires or develops a new head coach.

    Kind of like in politics, when an elected official dies in office and they pick a respected former politician to fill his shoes until we can have a proper election.

  11. The Colts franchise goes as Andrew Luck goes so I imagine it will end up being an offensive minded guy who the Colts believe will bring out the best in Luck.

  12. Maybe Deflippo!? Question my football peeps. Why didn’t the refs call a fumble on SB52, 4th qtr, 11:22 sideline pass to Amendola? Ref blew the whistle after the ball came out. Was it because the Eagles defender had a foot on the line as he was stripping the ball.

  13. Give Frank Reich a shot. He is more than qualified and more than ready. He played under Marv Levy for 9 seasons. He’s a great motivator and can turn the Colts around in no time.

  14. The Colts/McDaniels thing never made sense to me. A head coach is not a coordinator, and a coordinator is not a head coach.

    Besides, after spygate, the Pats were widely dismissed as cheaters. Thanks to deflategate, the Colts reinforced that image. Whether or not Brady deflated balls – why would McDaniels work there?

  15. Colts get what they deserved… kraft held back for two plus years to throw the best knockout punch at the precise moment. Priceless…

  16. Colts are screwed…. IND is going to end up with one of the worst staffs in the NFL. The Colts staff is going to have a very Jim Tomsula-esque vibe to it just watch, horribly run franchise.

  17. Peyton interested in a coaching position? Can’t imagine why he would give up the good life of retirement, but just imagine him on the sidelines yelling, “Omaha, Ohama!”

  18. Jim Schwartz, put good team together and it’s time for the rest of the
    NFL to start taking it apart.

  19. xargscutgrep says:
    February 7, 2018 at 2:45 am
    The Colts/McDaniels thing never made sense to me. A head coach is not a coordinator, and a coordinator is not a head coach.

    Besides, after spygate, the Pats were widely dismissed as cheaters. Thanks to deflategate, the Colts reinforced that image. Whether or not Brady deflated balls – why would McDaniels work there?
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    The colts’ D’qwell Jackson who intercepted the ball and told officials it felt underinflated stated last week pn radio row he never said that to anyone and that no one from the colts or nfl asked him about it or conducted and interview. The only thing the colts reinforced was their own image as cheaters for having 3 or their 4 balls measure under the league limit and for sticking a needle in the intercepted ball which is a clear violation.

  20. terripet says:
    February 7, 2018 at 6:58 am
    Frank reich

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    I would hate to see the Eagles lose him but he would be a good choice if you pair him with a good DC.

  21. “Maybe Deflippo!? Question my football peeps. Why didn’t the refs call a fumble on SB52, 4th qtr, 11:22 sideline pass to Amendola? Ref blew the whistle after the ball came out. Was it because the Eagles defender had a foot on the line as he was stripping the ball.”

    I believe the explanation was that they ruled his forward progress was stopped prior to the ball being stripped.

  22. Can it PLEASE be Jim Mora??? I would love to see him channeling his father in his opening press conference… “Playoffs?! Playoffs??? I just hope we win some games!!!!”

  23. Colts get what they deserve. So happy Josh said ,Nooooooo to a losing organization.
    Kinda late to be looking for a head coach eh!
    Kraft will never forget deflategate and will always stick it to the Colts whenever he can.
    Looks like another losing season in Indianapolis. Love it.

  24. Whoever ends up agreeing to take the reigns of this thing, maybe you wait until you have a signed contract to announce it this time??

    Just a thought.

  25. Frank Reich would be a good choice if he’s willing to install a 2018 version of that old Buffalo “K Gun Offense”. That would be perfect for Andrew Luck as with Luck all you need to do is call the formation. Luck can make all of his own play calls and get his team in the right play more often than not.

    Plus Reich has a championship formula now. At this stage of the game Reich would be my top choice.

  26. Reich and maybe even Toub look like the only decent names on that list. DeFilippo ain’t ready yet, and the rest of them have the stink of failed previous head coaching stints.

    Might as well try to lure an actual SB winner out of retirement like Billick or Cowher than to go with a bunch of C-list tier failures like Mora and Schwartz.

  27. So other good options to consider given their circumstances:
    Bill Cowher
    Nick Saban
    The Ghost of Vince Lombardi
    Kanye West/Jay Z
    Kim Jong Un

  28. They should interview Belichick he might soon be available .
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    Good idea — this is his chance to prove it’s him and not Brady.

  29. Isrey is a complete nut, if not for Peyton Manning he would have never won a title. I don’t blame Josh Mcd for saying the hell with that! That being said the best coach they have had in 10 years is available if they can get him out of retirement, Bruce Arians……….

  30. Colts should hire Eric Mangini. He, not Tannenbaum, built a great Jets team. Colts would have an excellent coach, and they would eventually stick it to the Pats.

  31. They should call It the Looney Rule – you have to be looney if you agree to interview with the Colts. No matter what color you are. And downright insane if you actually accept a job working for Irsay.

  32. The Ryan brothers are available. Don’t stone me, it was just a joke. But look at everyone even if it is a quick look.

  33. Jack Del Rio. Mike Smith. Jeff Fisher. Rex Ryan. All decent, experienced HCs. maybe won’t get you to the SB, but they are competent to one degree or another. Or a college guy with HC experience: David Shaw, Brain Kelly come to mind. I suppose you could ask Caldwell to come back.

    Critical to have someone with HC experience for credibility purposes. So no to Toub or DeFilippo or Reich or other “one hit wonders”.

  34. Left me broadly suggest that it’s Pederson who does this in Philadelphia, as the HC and a former QB for that matter.

    isithockeyseasonyet says:
    February 6, 2018 at 10:39 pm
    DeFilippo is the best option, regardless of who it is at the position, they need a young coach who knows how to develop QBs

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  35. How many Head Coaching candidates are going to want to be saddled with assistants not of their own choosing?

    McDaniels is Bill’s secret weapon. He cratered the Broncos and now the Colts. Well done, New England.

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