Last year was a good first year for all of the Colts coaches on staff. But if they keep up their good work, the organization will have to start worrying about their coaches leaving.
Coaches leaving is a part of the NFL. Coaches leave for other jobs because they are either getting promoted or it’s a better opportunity for another reason. Organizations have to replace assistants all the time. The Colts will be no different soon.
Last season, they had three first-timers at prominent positions; head coach, offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator. All three did very well. The Colts aren’t worried about losing Frank Reich, but soon they might have to be worried about losing their coordinators.
Nick Sirianni did a good job last season as offensive coordinator. He helped develop offensive players and strategized with Reich to call the proper plays. But he still has a few years before other teams come calling to promote him to a head coach.
The Colts have no such luxury with Matt Eberflus. The defensive coordinator turned around a terrible defense in just one year. He was actually being mentioned as a possible head coach in Cleveland before they eventually promoted Freddie Kitchens.
Eberflus will get more calls after this season if the defense improves even further. He seems to be a rising star on that side of the ball. It could still be another two or three years before he gets a chance as a head coach, but the Colts are hoping it’s longer than that.
This is a good problem to have. If other teams want your coaches, it means they’ve done a good job. Hopefully these assistants will stay in Indy for the foreseeable future.