Philadelphia Eagles head coach Shane Steichen. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The Indianapolis Colts wanted a piece of the Super Spotlight today. After informing more possible head coach candidates that they would no longer be in the running, the Colts also made it clear that Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen was their number-one choice for the job.
Indianapolis Colts Informed Jeff Saturday that he is Out
The #Colts have been informing candidates this morning that they are out, including interim coach Jeff Saturday who at one point appeared to be the favorite. Now, Shane Steichen is considered to be the leader in the clubhouse to be their next head coach.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 12, 2023
Interim head coach Jeff Saturday was one of the candidates eliminated this morning. With no other names being leaked now, Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris appears to be the second choice for the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts know nothing is official until the contract is signed (I don’t need to reminisce about the Snake). It is smart that they have at least one clear contingency plan.
Imagining the Indianapolis Colts Under Shane Steichen
One of my favorite Colts Twitter members, ColtsGuy Jake, detailed the eerie similarities between the former Indianapolis Colts HC and their preferred candidate.
Worked with the Chargers under Ken Whisenhunt
Innovative offensive mind
Eagles OC coming off a SB appearance possible win… pic.twitter.com/oCWvUYhncJ
— Jake #SaturdayLeave ColtsGuy (@ColtsGuy505) February 11, 2023
It may seem strange to hire a similar coach to the one you fired in the middle of the season. And it may seem even more strange to hire one of his proteges (Steichen was the quality control coach under Frank Reich in San Diego). Still, general manager Chris Ballard has the utmost respect for Frank Reich, and it is reported that he would have preferred to retain him for the season and beyond. This could be a shot for Ballard to regain control of the team after owner Jim Irsay’s midseason meddling.
Now let’s take a look at what Steichen could do for The Shoe.
Steichen, 37, helped oversee a unit that finished this season with the NFL’s No. 3 overall offense in both yards per game (389.1) and scoring average (28.1). The Indianapolis Colts ranked 27th (311.6) and tied for 30th (17.0), respectively.
The Eagles offense has six players selected to the Pro Bowl this season, led by quarterback Jalen Hurts, the NFL MVP runner-up who threw 22 touchdown passes and also scored 13 rushing touchdowns despite missing two games. Wide receivers A.J. Brown (1,496 yards) and DeVonta Smith (1,196) became the first duo in Eagles franchise history to both eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. Zero Indianapolis Colts WRs achieved that feat this season.
The organization and fans hope Steichen can revitalize this offense and help the talented WR room live up to its full potential. He is a coach who isn’t afraid to continuously reshape his team to feature their strengths and hide their weaknesses. His play-calling style is built on his preparation.