Indianapolis Colts Add Defensive Backs Coach to Staff

Head coach Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Head coach Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

A few of the Colts position coaches were already in place before they hired Frank Reich, but he has reportedly brought in his own defensive backs coach.

Indianapolis had already hired some assistant coaches, including defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, to work under Josh McDaniels before he backed out of an agreement with the Colts to return to New England. The Colts have decided to honor the contracts of those assistant coaches, and they will now work under Frank Reich next season.

There are still plenty of assistant coaching positions to fill on this staff, and the Colts have reportedly filled one by hiring Alan Williams to coach the team’s defensive backs.

Williams’ first NFL coaching job was on Tony Dungy’s staff in Tampa Bay in 2001. Williams joined Dungy’s staff in Indianapolis in 2002 as the defensive backs coach, and he worked in Indianapolis all the way through the Jim Caldwell era in 2011.

After Williams’ time in Indianapolis, he was hired by the Vikings as their defensive coordinator. He was in Minnesota for two seasons before Leslie Frazier was fired. Williams then joined Detroit’s staff as their defensive backs coach in 2014 where he’s been for the past four seasons.

Williams has a ton of NFL coaching experience, and he’s enjoyed fantastic success during his first stint in Indianapolis. Adding Williams to this coaching staff is a great move for the Colts.

The Colts’ pass defense ranked dead last in 2017, and they are in need of a makeover moving forward. An established coach like Alan Williams should help develop the young talent at defensive back in Indianapolis, and he could have a major impact on the success of the Colts’ defense.

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