Colts Reportedly Targeting Eagles OC Shane Steichen as Next Head Coach

The Indianapolis Colts are moving toward a decision on their next head coach. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this morning that the Colts had informed other candidates — including interim head coach Jeff Saturday — that they are going in another direction. According to Schefter, Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen is the Colts’ preferred candidate at this point.

Steichen is one of the hottest candidates in the pool of talented young offensive coordinators. Mainly because his fingerprints are all over the development of Jalen Hurts. Steichen took over the Eagles’ play-calling duties in November 2021. Since then, he has masterfully married Hurts running abilities with his improved presence as a passer.

With the Colts planning on drafting a quarterback in April’s NFL Draft, Indianapolis could bet on Steichen’s ability to replicate that success with their quarterback of the future.

Last week I wrote that the Colts were heading into a third round of interviews with a pared-down list of candidates. Those candidates were Steichen, Saturday, Jeff Saturday, Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, and Packers special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia.

As of this week, it seemed like Steichen or Saturday would be the two finalists. Jim Irsay’s love for Jeff Saturday vs. the idea of Shane Steichen grooming the next franchise quarterback was the final decision that the Colts owner had to make.

Thankfully for Colts fans, it appears that the latter won out.

The Colts won’t make anything official until tomorrow at the earliest. If it is Steichen, they can’t, regardless, with the Eagles playing in the Super Bowl today. Still, it seems that the Colts finally have their guy.

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