According to reports, the Indianapolis Colts will hire Baltimore Ravens linebackers coach Ted Monachino as their new defensive coordinator.
The Colts haven’t wasted time changing up the coaching staff after retaining Chuck Pagano. Today it was announced that the Colts would bring a face familiar to their head coach, Ted Monachino.
Monachino had been with Ravens since 2010, and therefore worked with Pagano for two seasons before he moved to Indianapolis. The Colts basically copied, or rather Pagano brought with him, the same defensive scheme that the Ravens have been using for years.
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While with the Ravens, Monachino has had the privilege to coach some extremely talented linebackers. Here are just some of the top names to play under him: Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Elvis Dumervil, and Daryl Smith.
Prior to his tenure with the Ravens, Monachino was with the Jaguars for four years. He coached various positions on the defense during his time in Jacksonville.
He’ll be replacing Greg Manusky, who managed to produce fairly good results despite not having a lot of talent on that side of the ball. Pagano has been very hands on with the defense due to his history of being a defensive coordinator, and he’ll likely be working closely with Monachino.
Monachino was wired up during training camp with the Ravens, and you can check out his coaching style here.
The Colts are hoping that Monachino can help improve a defense that was 26th in yards allowed last season, 25th in points allowed, and was ranked 13th in overall efficiency per Football Outsiders.
The Colts still have a number of coaching positions to fill in the coming weeks. Make sure to check in regularly for updates on all of the team’s moves.