Ian Rapoport reported that the Colts will fire Chuck Pagano after Sunday’s game against Houston. He also provided a list of passible candidate for that soon-to-be vacant position.
Ian Rapoport’s article on NFL.com lists New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub, and Kansas City’s offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as the names to keep an eye on in the Colts’ coaching search.
Rapoport cited the attractiveness of coaching Andrew Luck, and general manager Chris Ballard’s history in Kansas City as reasons for why these candidates make sense for the Colts.
Josh McDaniels is probably the headliner of this group of prospective head coaches.
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He is the only one of the three candidates that has prior NFL head coaching experience. Although his tenure in Denver did not end well, he has been one of the league’s most successful offensive coordinators during two different stints with the Patriots.
Dave Toub is a long-time NFL special teams coach, and people around the league believe that he will earn his first head coaching job soon.
Matt Nagy has become a rising young coach during his tenure in Kansas City, and he’s helped to turn around the Chiefs’ offense by taking over the play-calling duties after they hit a midseason lull.
Dave Toub and Matt Nagy have worked with Chris Ballard before when he worked in the Chiefs’ front office from 2013-2016.
NFL Network’s Michael Silver has also reported that he expects Tom Cable to be given a look this offseason as the Colts look for their next head coach.
It will be interesting to see how fast Chris Ballard moves through this hiring process. The Colts’ organization needs a breath of fresh air, and this offseason provides a great opportunity to do just that.