The Colts’ head coach search has been pretty expansive to this point. It features a list of at least 12 candidates, one of which is interim head coach Jeff Saturday. While reports this morning had the Indianapolis search extending to a second round of interviews for at least half of those candidates, one insider says that owner Jim Irsay still wants to hire Jeff Saturday.
While Colts GM Chris Ballard said that Saturday would go through the interview process like every other candidate, it appears he’s always been the favorite. At least in the eyes of the only person that matters in the Indianapolis front office.
ESPN insider Josina Anderson reported this morning that Irsay “has desires to hire Jeff Saturday,” but some who work with Irsay and have his ear aren’t sold on Saturday.
Ballard said that Irsay would have the final say in the coaching search earlier this month. So, regardless of the doubts about Saturday, if Irsay wants him, he’s going to hire him.
Tom Pelissero reported this morning that the Colts were bringing Saturday, Broncos DC Ejiro Evero, and four other unnamed candidates back for second interviews. Here’s a list of the other candidates that we know of thus far:
- Dan Quinn (Cowboys DC)
- Brian Callahan (Bengals OC)
- Wink Martindale (Giants DC)
- DeMeco Ryans (49ers DC)
- Mike Kafka (Giants OC)
- Raheem Morris (Rams DC)
- Aaron Glenn (Lions DC)
- Shane Steichen (Eagles OC)
- Eric Bieniemy (Chiefs OC)
- Bubba Ventrone (Colts STC)
If Ventrone was one of the six. I would imagine we would know that already since he’s an in-house candidate. Which leaves nine other candidates not named Saturday or Evero that could make it back to Indianapolis for another interview.
That is, of course, unless Irsay decides to hire Saturday before they even get through the second round on interviews.