According to a recent report, the Indianapolis Colts might be losing their current offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter to the Philadelphia Eagles, as that coaching staff will be getting a complete makeover after an underwhelming season. They have already announced that their offensive and defensive coordinator will not return.
Jim Bob Cooter has shown his prowess as a coach this season after handling the injuries of Anthony Richardson and Jonathan Taylor and helping this franchise get within a game (and a play) of the postseason. While it would be unfortunate to lose Cooter, discontinuing the continuity that Steichen is trying to keep, the cycle is always turning in this business.
Let’s look at the current in-house candidates that might be asked to replace Jim Bob Cooter, as well as looking at some external candidates and one out of the box option to possibly be Indy’s next offensive coordinator.
In-house candidates for Colts offensive coordinator
Cam Turner-QB Coach
Cam Turner just finished his first season as the quarterbacks coach for the franchise. Prior to coming to Indy, he spent his last four seasons in Arizona grooming Kyler Murray into the quarterback he is now. He also coached Cam Newton in 2017 during his tenure in Carolina. Turner has shown great promise with both Richardson (limited action) and Gardner Minshew this season.
Steichen calls the plays, but its JBC, Turner, and the offensive staff’s plan that he is executing. If he wants a seamless transition for the most important position in football, then Turner might be the best candidate for the job.
Tom Manning-TE Coach
Tom Manning just finished his first season on Steichen’s staff after spending his last four seasons in various positions with the Iowa State football staff. Notable players coached at ISU include Brock Purdy, David Montgomery, Breece Hall and Allen Lazard. The importance of this shows his range as a coach if he were up for the OC job. He has shown success in all areas of the offense. The tight ends didn’t wow us this season, but the group did lack a game-breaking talent. Kylen Granson had his best season of his career, Mo Alie-Cox was productive, and rookie Will Mallory looks promising.