Colts DC Matt Eberlfus better not take the Texans’ head coaching job.
It goes without saying that the Indianapolis Colts cannot afford to watch defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus leave for a head coaching gig this offseason. After all, the group has made telling strides over the last three years with him calling the shots and there’s no way to know how they’ll perform if he were to leave.
With the coaching carousel in full swing during the playoffs, three of the seven vacancies have been filled thus far. Based on the latest rumors, it’s looking like the Chargers have zeroed in on Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, so that number could increase to four before long.
By process of elimination, Eberlfus is quickly running out of options to realize is dream of becoming a head coach this offseason. However, according to league insider Tom Pelissero, the 50-year-old interviewed for the Texans’ job this weekend after initially denying their request.
We probably come off as selfish saying that we want the Colts to hold onto Eberflus for as long as humanly possible, but we’d obviously love for him to branch out and become a key administrator of another franchise. The wonders he’s worked with Indianapolis’ defense have been nothing short of remarkable and he would fully deserve such an opportunity.
However, he would be out of his mind to take the Texans’ job in light of their interminable dysfunction. Not only did they mortgage their future by unloading a slew of draft picks, but they have hardly any cap space to work with and are in the process of doing everything in their power to isolate superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson.
The possibility of Watson waiving his no-trade clause is growing with each passing day, and he’s literally the only reason Houston’s vacancy was enticing in the first place. Without him, you have maybe one or two pieces to build around and a front office that’s seemingly more concerned about politics and their reputation than running a franchise.
Eberflus would go a long way in mending the Texans’ broken culture, but he would essentially be starting from scratch while working with a power-obsessed executive in Jack Easterby. You have to think the third-year coordinator is aware of this, right?
The fact that he accepted their interview request suggests otherwise, so let’s hope for his sake that he chooses to return to the Colts to further bolster his reputation and waits for more compelling openings to become available next year.