Last week was one to forget for the Indianapolis Colts as it not only featured the retirement of quarterback Philip Rivers, but also the departures of a string of key coaching assistants.
As we know, now-former offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni agreed to take the Eagles’ head coaching job and brought with him a pair of touted assistants, including defensive backs coach Jonathan Gannon to be his new defensive coordinator and passing game specialist Kevin Patullo to be his new passing game coordinator.
The Colts acted swiftly in terms of naming replacements, promoting third-year quarterbacks coach Marcus Brady, to offensive coordinator. Since making that move official, they’ve spent the ensuing days scanning the coaching ranks with the hope of finding his successor.
Well, according to Joel Erickson of the Indy Star, they found their man, hiring Scott Milanovich, who has a long working relationship with head coach Frank Reich, as their new quarterbacks coach. He previously served in the same position for three seasons with the Jaguars.
The Colts’ latest addition to their coaching staff is huge news for the offense.
Milanovich spent this past year as the head coach of the Edmonton Football Team in the CFL, but he unfortunately never ended up coaching a single game for the organization after the league’s campaign was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
That was obviously a brutal turn of events for Milanovich, but he’s back where he belongs in the NFL after a one-year hiatus and will have the luxury of coaching up one of the league’s brightest young offenses that seems poised to trade for a big-name quarterback this offseason. If you ask us, that should more than make up for his lost year in Edmonton.
We all know that companionship is imperative for a coaching staff, and Milanovich, on top of being a longtime friend of Reich, just so happens to have a history with Brady. The 48-year-old actually hired Brady as an offensive coordinator with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL and even recommended him to Reich when he was appointed as head coach of the Colts three years ago.
While we don’t know who exactly Milanovich and Brady will be working with under center for next season, the fact that they’ve worked together in the past should have Colts fans excited to see what lies in store for the offense in 2021.