Legitimate head coach candidates that should be on the Colts radar
Coaching candidates could make a return to Colts
Jim Caldwell is a surfacing name as a likely candidate for the Colts. Serving as an assistant in Indianapolis from 2002 to 2008, Caldwell worked with some of the greatest players in Colts’ history. In 2009 Jim Caldwell became the Head Coach of the Colts following the retirement of Tony Dungy. As a member of the 2006 staff that won the Super Bowl against the Chicago Bears, Caldwell would look to rejoice the franchise and uplift them back to contending status. A great candidate to place with a young franchise quarterback and plenty of offensive weapons to develop an offense around.
Jim Harbaugh – University of Michigan Head Coach
Quite possibly the favorite for the opening, and a name that’s been circulating around the NFL for the last few years. Jim Harbaugh may be looking to take the College to NFL path again after Michigan was defeated by TCU in the Fiesta Bowl. Harbaugh was the quarterback of the Colts in the later era of the 90s. He turned Michigan back into a regular powerhouse in the NCAA and could be the face to lead the Colts.
Bubba Ventrone – Indianapolis Colts Special Teams Coordinator
Current Special Teams coordinator, Bubba Ventrone will most likely be fielding interviews for other openings as they transpire. The opportunity for the Colts to jump the gun on in-house candidacy should start and stop right here. Since joining the staff, the Colts have undoubtedly fielded one of the best special team units under Ventrone. In key situations, the third aspect of football has been clutch as big plays highlight the best tendencies of winning. Hiring Ventrone would be “unorthodox” if you want to look outside the norm of only fielding offensive-minded or defensive-minded coaches as candidates.
Jonathan Gannon – Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator
A defensive coordinator whose team just set an NFL record by having four players with double-digit sacks in a single season, Gannon would resurface in Indy after spending three seasons as the defensive backs coach in Indianapolis. A strong point of the Colts, the defense, would further establish itself as one of the great units in the NFL.