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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

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports ex-Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell has been talking with the Colts about their offensive coordinator vacancy

Bevell was the offensive coordinator for the Vikings from 2006-2010 and the Seahawks in 2011-2017. His offenses have finished bottom ten in pass attempts in 7-of-12 years as a coach. With Andrew Luck's throwing shoulder a question mark for the foreseeable future, a shift in styles may be beneficial for the Colts.
Feb 11 - 4:10 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

Bills DC Leslie Frazier will interview for the Colts' head-coaching vacancy on Saturday.

We already knew the Colts were interested. Now we know when the sides are talking. Frazier would be an uninspiring hire, but the Colts might not be thinking too big after Josh McDaniels' stunning 11th-hour reversal. The Colts have been projecting an air of dysfunction to the rest of the league for multiple years, and may be forced to settle for a retread like Frazier.
Feb 8 - 5:08 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Colts have requested an interview with Bills DC Leslie Frazier.

Scrambling after being left at the altar by Josh McDaniels, the Colts might be looking for a safe, stabilizing hire. Frazier would seem to fit the bill, but he mostly struggled in three full seasons leading the Vikings. Frazier just finished his first season as the defensive coordinator in Buffalo.
Feb 8 - 9:28 AM

The Colts requested to interview Saints TEs coach/assistant head coach Dan Campbell for their head-coaching vacancy.

Campbell, 41, was the Dolphins' interim head coach in 2015 after the team fired Joe Philbin. He's been in New Orleans with Sean Payton ever since and interviewed for the Vikings' OC job a couple weeks back. Campbell is a riser in the coach ranks and joins Eagles OC Frank Reich in the Colts' new search.
Feb 7 - 12:52 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

NBC Sports Boston's Tom Curran reports Bill Belichick will return as Patriots head coach for 2018 even after OC Josh McDaniels was lured out of his Colts contract.

McDaniels' stunning reversal immediately raised questions about 65-year-old Belichick's future in New England, but at least for one more year, he appears to be staying. Beyond 2018, it's quite possible McDaniels has been assured he will succeed Belichick in the immediate future. The move is eerily reminiscent of what Belichick did to the Jets in 2000.
Feb 6 - 7:52 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Patriots OC Josh McDaniels has backed out of his deal to replace Chuck Pagano as Colts head coach and will remain in New England.

Per Schefter, Patriots owner Robert Kraft decided to "sweeten" McDaniels' contract, "(enticing) him to remain in New England." The Colts, who are now back at Square 1, will be rightfully furious. It's stunning news, but not completely out of the blue. There were rumors Super Bowl weekend that McDaniels was getting cold feet about leaving New England. Nevertheless, those seemed to be put to rest when McDaniels was officially announced as Pagano's replacement on Tuesday. For anyone who watched ESPN's The Two Bills, the episode is reminiscent of what Bill Belichick pulled with the Jets in 2000, though Belichick had previously been on the Jets' staff. The reversal will raise questions about how long Belichick is for New England. It's hard to believe McDaniels would pass up a head-coaching opportunity unless he believed he would soon get his chance with his current club.
Feb 6 - 7:37 PM

According to Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston, Patriots OC Josh McDaniels becoming the Colts' head coach is "still a go."

Reports surfaced Sunday that McDaniels was getting cold feet about accepting the head job in Indy, which naturally fueled rumors about Bill Belichick's future in Foxboro. Despite the speculation, McDaniels is still likely to join the Colts and could be introduced as soon as Wednesday. If McDaniels lands in Indianapolis as expected, he could bring along ex-Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell as his offensive coordinator.
Feb 5 - 9:26 AM

Profootballtalk's Mike Florio passes along "increasing chatter" Patriots OC Josh McDaniels will stay in New England after this season.

McDaniels as head coach of the Colts has long been considered a done deal, but the Colts couldn't get McDaniels to formally commit until after the Patriots were finished playing. During the playoffs, it sounds like McDaniels has had second thoughts about going to Indy. If McDaniels does spurn the Colts, it will immediately raise questions about Bill Belichick's future in New England.
Feb 4 - 7:31 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Josh McDaniels is expected to target ex-Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell as his offensive coordinator when he becomes the Colts' head coach.

McDaniels will be named head coach shortly after Super Bowl LII. Bevell has also drawn interest from the Giants and Vikings and previously interviewed for positions with Atlanta and Arizona. Play-calling duties would likely fall with McDaniels even if Bevell lands with Indy.
Feb 4 - 10:01 AM

ESPN's Mike Wells believes Penn State RB Saquon Barkley will be in play for the Colts with the third overall pick.

With Frank Gore headed for free agency—he also turns 35 in May—the Colts will be seeking a workhorse in the upcoming draft. Barkley checks off all the boxes, though there's a remote possibility Cleveland would consider taking him first overall. The Browns are in desperate need of a franchise quarterback but could still draft one with the fourth overall pick. If Barkley is unavailable, Wells believes the Colts would likely pivot to NC State DE Bradley Chubb.
Jan 28 - 9:22 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms the Colts will hire Patriots OC Josh McDaniels as their next head coach.

He had his second interview with the Colts on Friday, though it was mostly a formality as McDaniels had been viewed as the frontrunner all along. McDaniels will officially transition into his new role after the Super Bowl. McDaniels fared miserably in his first head-coaching stint with Denver but has rebuilt his reputation as one of the league's best coordinators over the past seven seasons. He'll have a franchise quarterback in Andrew Luck (assuming he's healthy) but the rest of Indy's roster needs work.
Jan 28 - 8:13 AM

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels will have a second interview for the Colts' head-coaching vacancy on Friday.

Like Kyle Shanahan with the 49ers last year, McDaniels is already the Colts' coach in everything but name. The arrangement will become official following Super Bowl LII. Per's Ian Rapoport, McDaniels is meeting with GM Chris Ballard and Jim Irsay in New England to "plan and process."
Jan 25 - 6:28 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Colts have requested a second interview with Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.

McDaniels is fully expected to become the Colts' next head coach, but they cannot make it official until after the Super Bowl. This "interview" then will likely just be a planning session for that eventual transition. McDaniels has overseen a top-12 offense each of his nine seasons as a coordinator in New England.
Jan 22 - 9:05 AM's Tom Pelissero reports Cowboys LBs coach Matt Eberflus is expected to serve as Josh McDaniels' defensive coordinator in Indianapolis if McDaniels accepts the job.

McDaniels' hiring is not official but is trending that direction. Considered something of a secret weapon in Dallas, Eberflus is also the Cowboys' passing-game coordinator. He's an on-the-rise assistant who would be a huge get for McDaniels' staff as he tries to avoid the mistakes that plagued him his first head-coaching go-round in Denver. Per CBS' Jason La Canfora, ex-Raiders QBs coach Jake Peetz is the favorite to serve as McDaniels' offensive coordinator.
Jan 15 - 3:00 PM's Ian Rapoport reports Patriots OC Josh McDaniels is expected to accept the Colts' head-coaching vacancy.

Rapsheet reported mere hours ago that McDaniels would "prefer the Titans over all coaching jobs." Apparently that's either not true or he is too far along in the process with Indy to turn back. McDaniels cannot formally be hired until the Patriots' playoff run is through. Accepting the Colts job would be going all in on Andrew Luck's healthy return from his shoulder odyssey.
Jan 15 - 2:48 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Patriots OC Josh McDaniels is the "clear favorite" to replace Chuck Pagano as the Colts' next head coach.

McDaniels is also a finalist for the Giants' head-coaching vacancy, though it looks like he's leaning toward joining Andrew Luck in Indianapolis. The 41-year-old didn't have much success in his first head-coaching stint with Denver from 2009-10, but McDaniels has been widely considered among the league's top coordinators throughout his tenure in Foxboro and deserves another chance to lead his own team. The Colts will have to wait for the Patriots to finish their season before hiring McDaniels. Texans DC Mike Vrabel is the other finalist for the head job in Indy.
Jan 14 - 9:46 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Seahawks are expected to hire Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator.

We were optimistic about the future of the Seahawks' offense when reports emerged they were willing to embrace a college-style scheme to suit Russell Wilson's strengths. Instead, Seattle has opted for a proven-failed offensive mind in Marty's son. An utmost example of the NFL's rampant nepotism, Brian Schottenheimer flamed out in previous stints coordinating offenses with the Jets, Rams, and University of Georgia. He spent the last two seasons coaching quarterbacks for the Colts. It's good news for the rest of the NFC West.
Jan 13 - 3:56 PM

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