The Colts have announced that they have hired two new coaches to the staff. They hired an offensive line and a tight ends coach.
The Colts needed to replace some assistants after they had some guys leave. They also relieved the offensive line coach of his duties. Today, they announced that they have brought two new guys on board for next season to fill those voids.
Chris Strausser is the new offensive line coach. He was hired after spending the last two years with the Denver Broncos. He was hired after Frank Reich fired Dave DeGuglielmo after the season, saying he wanted to make his own hire at the position.
Jason Michael is the new tight ends coach. Michael spent last year in Arizona after having been in Tennessee the previous four. He was on staff with the Chargers when Reich was also there in 2013, so there is some familiarity there.
Neither hire should have trouble in their new roles with the players they have to coach. Strausser gets to coach one of the league’s best offensive lines, and Michael gets to coach a guy who caught 13 touchdown passes last year. Both are enviable positions to be in.
But now that Reich has hired these guys, he has his fingerprints over most of this team. The only hire he didn’t make was Matt Eberflus as the defensive coordinator. But Reich is ok with keeping him after the job he did this past year. Eberflus will surely get more head coaching buzz next year.
It will be interesting to see how the hiring of Strausser and the re-signing of Mark Glowinski affect the continuity of the offensive line. It should only enhance how this unit has been playing, but only time will tell if that is truly the case.