Report: Colts decide on new head coach, but hiring must wait

The Indianapolis Colts have reached a decision on who they want as their next head coach – but the process will have to wait until Super Bowl 57 concludes.

Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen is the Colts’ top choice, and,  according to ESPN, the team has already begun informing the other candidates that they are no longer being considered. 

The Colts plan to meet with Steichen later this week to work out contract details, ESPN reports.

Steichen, 37, has run the Eagles offense for the past two seasons. On the way to reaching the Super Bowl, Philadelphia ranked third in yards and points per game in 2022.

Steichen taking over in Indianapolis would be the second time in franchise history the team has hired an Eagles offensive coordinator as head coach. The Colts did so in 2018 when they lured Frank Reich away from Philadelphia. 

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Reich was fired midway through this past season and replaced on an interim basis by former Colts center Jeff Saturday, who was also under consideration to take over the job full-time. Reich was hired last month by the Carolina Panthers to become their new head coach.

And Steichen might not be the only coordinator on their way out of Philadelphia after the Super Bowl.

Jonathan Gannon, the Eagles’ defensive coordinator is expected to interview for the Cardinals’ vacant head coaching position Monday.

Gannon is wrapping up his second season as Philadelphia’s DC and led the Eagles to a No. 1 ranking in sacks (70) and fewest passing yards allowed per game, as well as the league’s second-best defense in yards per game allowed.

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