The Colts got a little bit of revenge on Philadelphia by poaching one of their former assistants.
The Indianapolis Colts have had a rough go of it thus far this offseason.
In fact, so much has happened between now and the end of their season that fans have all but forgotten about their gutting first-round playoff loss to Buffalo, which could’ve had a different outcome if a couple of key plays had gone their way.
Since then, the Colts have lost a pair of key players — left tackle Anthony Castonzo and quarterback Philip Rivers — as well as a vital coaching staff member, to retirement. They also said goodbye to about a third of their coaching staff, most of whom left to join former offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni’s staff with the Eagles.
In light of all this turmoil, fans in Indianapolis got a needed dose of poetic justice (if you can even call it that) when Sirianni delivered an introductory press conference for the ages, and not in a good way.
To further stick it to the Eagles this week, the Colts managed to poach one of their former assistants, Press Taylor, and reunite him with head coach Frank Reich.
Take that, Philly!
In all seriousness, this is a solid move for the Colts. We all know how important it is to build familiarity on a coaching staff, and Reich has done an excellent job at doing just that. In some way or another, seemingly all of his assistants have worked with somebody else on the staff in some capacity.
When it comes to Reich and Taylor, they worked together in Philadelphia when the former served as the offensive coordinator under Doug Pederson for two seasons (2016-2017). Since Reich departed for the Colts’ head coaching gig, Taylor began his rise up the ranks before ultimately capping out as QBs coach and passing-game coordinator in 2020. However, he was let go after the aerial attack, specifically quarterback Carson Wentz, regressed beyond belief this season.
It remains to be seen what role Taylor will assume with the Colts, but it’s worth noting that the passing game specialist position is currently vacant after Kevin Patullo teamed up with Sirianni and his new staff in Philly.
Per reports, Indy is expected to hire Scott Milanovich as the team’s quarterbacks coach, with Marcus Brady expected to make the jump to offensive coordinator. By process of elimination, it sounds like Taylor will become the passing-game specialist, but we’ll leave that open to interpretation before it’s confirmed by the team.