Player News - Colts

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Colts hired Patriots assistant special teams coach Raymond Ventrone as special teams coordinator.

Indy was at least able to lure one coach out of Foxboro. "Bubba" was a dynamic special teamer in his playing days, which spanned nearly a decade, and jumped right into a coaching gig with New England in 2015.
Feb 16 - 9:35 AM

New Colts coach Frank Reich has pledged to have a "strong element of no huddle" in his offense.

"We will be a multiple, attack, uptempo offense," Reich said. "We will be aggressive." It's fairly boilerplate — when was the last time a new coach pledged to be conservative on offense? — but the no-huddle element is intriguing. Many coaches still seem unduly wary of the no huddle, even when it works well for their offense. It's typically a boon for quarterbacks, and surely would be for Andrew Luck. Reich also insisted he was not concerned with Luck's slow recovery from shoulder surgery.
Feb 13 - 4:09 PM

Colts hired Chargers WRs coach Nick Sirianni as offensive coordinator.

Sirianni has spent time as both a QBs and WRs coach at the NFL level for the Bolts. The 36-year-old is an out-of-the-box hire, but that's to be expected at this stage of the hiring process. It was either new coach Frank Reich go with a riser like Sirianni or employ a retread of Darrell Bevell's ilk. We like the Sirianni choice after he and Reich worked together in San Diego. Sirianni has seen wideouts like Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams blossom under his tutelage in recent years.
Feb 12 - 9:17 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chargers expect WRs coach Nick Sirianni to land the Colts' offensive coordinator job.

Sirianni was given permission to interview for the job on Sunday, and it sounds like that meeting is just a formality. Sirianni worked under new Colts coach Frank Reich with the Chargers.
Feb 12 - 8:41 AM

MMQB’s Albert Breer reports the Colts have requested to interview Chargers WRs coach Nick Sirianni for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

Sirianni's coaching career started with Todd Haley and the Chiefs in 2009 as an offensive quality control coach. He moved to the Chargers after the 2012 season, working as their quality control and quarterbacks coach, moving to WR coach in 2016. He worked alongside Colts newly-appointed head coach Frank Reich during his time with the Chargers.
Feb 11 - 7:41 PM

Colts hired Eagles OC Frank Reich as head coach.

It's a five-year contract. Eagles coach Doug Pederson has now lost both his coordinator and quarterbacks coach after upsetting the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The Chargers' offensive coordinator from 2014-15 before heading to Philadelphia, Reich is a solid hire. He was a big part of the Eagles' offensive success in 2017. The Colts have hired a talented coaching staff so far and will look to add an offensive coordinator in the ensuing weeks. Andrew Luck's health remains the Colts' biggest question mark heading into 2018.
Feb 11 - 3:20 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Eagles OC Frank Reich "has emerged as the favorite" for the Colts' head coaching vacancy.

Understandably following the Josh McDaniels fiasco, no one is going to report Reich has been hired until the ink is dry, but Mortensen's wording makes it sound like the two sides are just working out contract details. Especially considering the circumstances, Reich is a quality hire who has done good work both with the Chargers and Eagles. This would be his first head coaching job.
Feb 11 - 12:49 PM

The Colts are moving OLB Jabaal Sheard to defensive end.

This became obvious after the Colts hired DC Matt Eberflus, who runs a 4-3 scheme. Sheard had 5.5 sacks last year and should benefit from the move to end. The Colts need to find a true pass rusher to bookend with Sheard.
Feb 10 - 7:06 PM

Colts GM Chris Ballard said Andrew Luck (shoulder) doesn't need another surgery.

"He doesn't need surgery," Ballard said after reports surfaced over concern on Luck's progress. "I've not gotten that from the two doctors. He's not throwing a football yet and is working on arm speed. He's not going to skip a step." Luck's shoulder injury looks to have no impact on Josh McDaniels' decision to back out of the Colts' head-coaching job. The Colts remain optimistic Luck will be ready for the start of the season.
Feb 7 - 5:15 PM

Colts GM Chris Ballard confirmed Matt Eberflus will be the team's defensive coordinator despite Josh McDaniels backing out on his agreement as head coach.

McDaniels "hired" three assistants in preparation for the job, including Eberflus, DL coach Mike Phair, and OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo, before bailing on the gig Tuesday night. Eberflus and Ballard already have a prior connection, and Ballard said the team will do right by the three coaches, keeping them on the staff under the new head coach. Eberflus is going to run a 4-3 scheme.
Feb 7 - 12:01 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Colts are expected to put in an interview request for Eagles OC Frank Reich regarding their head-coaching vacancy.

When all is said and done, the Colts could actually benefit from Josh McDaniels backing out on them. McDaniels has proven to be a total failure outside of New England in stops with the Broncos and Rams, and it's anybody's guess if he's actually any good. Reich, 56, got his coaching start in Indy in 2008, spending four years there with Peyton Manning. He's never been a head coach, but is a rising star in the coaching ranks after his work in Philly the past two seasons.
Feb 7 - 10:36 AM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports there are still doctors who have concerns about Andrew Luck's shoulder and whether he may require additional surgery.

As soon as Josh McDaniels backed out of the Colts' head-coaching job on Tuesday night, rumors began to swirl that McDaniels may know something about Luck's shoulder that the public does not. We doubt that's the case, but the concern around Luck is legitimate after he missed all of 2017 due to complications from right shoulder surgery. Luck needs to start throwing again ASAP to squash the rumors, and they're not going to go away until he does so.
Feb 6 - 9:19 PM

According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, Josh McDaniels' assistants, including DC Matt Eberflus, signed contracts with the Colts and are expected to remain with Indianapolis.

Talk about awkward. So, basically what's happening here, is McDaniels recruited these coaches to Indianapolis to be a part of his Colts staff, and then McDaniels backed out of the job, leaving Eberflus and others in limbo. According to Garafolo, Eberflus and others have already been in the building in Indy, breaking down film and whatever else, while they waited for McDaniels to officially be introduced. Now, the new Colts coach will be stuck with assistants he didn't hire. This whole situation is a complete mess with no real end game in sight.
Feb 6 - 8:22 PM

Colts hired Matt Eberflus as defensive coordinator.

Eberflus has coached the Cowboys' linebackers since 2011. He is an on-the-rise hire for Josh McDaniels that will need to turn around a defense that ranked near the bottom of the league in 2017. The Colts are expected to move to a 4-3 scheme under Eberflus, who comes from the Rod Marinelli and Monte Kiffin coaching tree.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 12:50 PM

Free agent Donte Moncrief may be open to a one-year contract with the Colts.

Moncrief’s down 2017 "frustrated many inside the organization," but he could be brought back on a prove-it deal. With Kamar Aiken also a free agent, the Colts have only Chester Rogers and K.J. Brent behind T.Y. Hilton. Although he boasts a starter's skill-set on paper, Moncrief is going to struggle for much guaranteed money this offseason. Returning to an Andrew Luck offense may be Moncrief’s best chance at reestablishing his value.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 11:02 AM


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