What does the Jaguars’ hiring of Doug Pederson mean for Indy?
By Brad Marr
Doug Pederson joins the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
On Thursday, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced the hiring of former Philadelphia Eagles head coach, Doug Pederson, to the same position. Former Jaguars’ draft pick and QB, Byron Leftwich was a leading candidate for the job and many others across the NFL. However, Leftwich withdrew himself from consideration.
That’s not anything to take away from how excellent of a candidate Doug Pederson is at all! The former Super Bowl-winning head coach spent the last year out of football, professionally, after a brutal ending in Philadelphia.
Luckily, we have some guys that can relate. Doug joins, Frank Reich as former Eagles turned head coaches in the AFC South. But what does that mean for the Indianapolis Colts?
Having much familiarity, the Indianapolis staff is full of potential coaches Pederson might want to include on his staff in Jacksonville, along with potential candidates the Colts are looking to fill in other opened vacant spots on the defense.
Doug Pederson may take coaches from Colts
Press Taylor, Indy’s current senior offensive assistant, joined the Colts staff in 2021 after the fallout Pederson had in Philadelphia. Taylor was on the verge of being promoted to offensive coordinator on Doug’s staff.
Mike Groh, another offensive assistant and wide receiver coach for the Colts, was on staff for Pederson as well. Groh was actually promoted to offensive coordinator, following Reich’s acceptance of the head coach job here in Indy.
Jim Schwartz, whom the Colts interviewed for defensive coordinator last week, was also on the Eagles coaching staff with both Reich, and Pederson. Indy ultimately decided to go with Gus Bradley.
The Jags find themselves in a similar spot as Indy once was, after bringing in success from Philadelphia.
Could this be the start of a friendly rivalry between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis staff, or will this inevitably be the spotlight of former Eagles staff members bringing their competitive success to new beginnings?
Indianapolis already lost a lot of its staff to the Chicago Bears, let’s hope the Colts don’t have any other major changes on their plate, this offseason.