Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks was reportedly scheduled to interview for the Colts’ vacant head coaching position on Thursday. However, Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Colts have decided to move on from Wilks and focus on their offensive-minded candidates.
The latest report from Ian Rapoport suggests that the Colts will be looking for an offensive mastermind to lead this franchise moving forward.
After the success of NFL teams hiring Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan last season, the “copycat league” has decided that getting a bright young offensive coach is the correct way to turn around an organization.
Assuming that Andrew Luck can come back to the field healthy in 2018, which is a dangerous assumption, the Colts have the most important piece of a fantastic offense: a franchise quarterback.
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That would essentially eliminate Kris Richard and Mike Vrabel from the conversation after they’ve already interviewed with the Colts. And it would also likely take Dave Toub‘s name off the list after he’s been connected to this job for months.
Of those two offensive-minded coaches that remain legitimate coaching candidates, I think Colts fans could come to a consensus that they would prefer Josh McDaniels.
Even with McDaniels’ ties to the evil empire in New England, he has a much more proven track record than Matt Rhule does after Rhule just coached a 1-11 team at Baylor.
We’ve seen Colts teams built around offense succeed in the past, and it looks like general manager Chris Ballard is looking to follow that model again with his first head coaching hire.