The Colts are still interviewing candidates to replace Chuck Pagano as Head Coach. A new name has emerged in the coaching search: Matt Rhule.
The Colts have interviewed Baylor Head Coach Matt Rhule to take over duties in Indianapolis, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg. Rhule recently took over Baylor after Art Briles was fired in wake of the rape and sexual assault scandal that rocked the school.
This comes as a surprise to many, as Rhule did not do well in his first year as the head man in Waco. The Bears were only 1-11. In fact, Rhule is only 5 games over .500 in his coaching career. He also has only ever coached in the college ranks.
Ballard may just be looking at a young guy who could be a rising star in the business. Rhule did do well previous to coaching Baylor, as he led Temple to a 10 win season. But it seems hard to believe that Rhule would get any serious consideration after hearing some of the other names the Colts have been considering.
While GM Chris Ballard had said that his search was not going to be restrictive in any sense, this seems to be an odd move. Rhule has never coached in any capacity at the pro level, and his track record in his only power five college job is poor.
Being Head Coach for the Indianapolis Colts should be an attractive job proposition. They have a franchise quarterback in Andrew Luck. Any organization with a franchise quarterback has a chance to compete for playoff berths and championships. The Colts also have the 3rd pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
It will be interesting to see what Jim Irsay and Ballard decide to do with their hiring. This hire will launch the organization into a new direction, and one that could go either way.