The Colts Top Five Choices for Their Next Head Coach

Jim Caldwell learned the hard way Tuesday that the NFL truly stands for “Not for Long” if you don’t win year after year. Two years ago this week, he was getting the Colts ready for a home AFC Title game against the Jets.

Two years later, he is cleaning out his office as the team slumped to a 2-14 record with star QB Peyton Manning. Now the team and new GM Ryan Grigson will be on the lookout for a new head coach, and below are the top five choices on the list, with an odds ranking next to each of being the new head man on the Colts sideline.

1. Marty Mornhinweg – Eagles Offensive Coordinator

The Eagles OC was a coach for the Lions for a couple seasons, but it was a disaster, as he won just five games, losing 27. He has been with the Eagles as the OC for the past 9 seasons, and also has experience with the 49ers as an assistant. Philadelphia was fifth in the league in scoring (25.1 points per game) and third in total yardage (372.7 per game) during his tenure. He will bring a fresh look to the offense and will have a huge impact on Andrew Luck early in his career.

Odds to Being the New Colts Coach – 4/1

2. Mike McCoy – Broncos offensive coordinator

The Dolphins have a second interview set up with McCoy, so if they want to get him, they are going to have to move fast. McCoy helped the Broncos offense turn around their season after a 1-4 start, and helped Tim Tebow and the team get to 8-8 and to the divisional round of the postseason. McCoy has been in charge of the Broncos offense since 2009, and it appears he is on the fast track to being a head coach in the NFL.

Odds to Being the New Colts Coach – 6/1

3. Wade Phillips – Texans defensive coordinator

The son of Bum, Wade has shown his ability to be a head coach, having done it with a number of teams. His ability as a great defensive mind in the game can’t be overlooked, as he took a Texans team that was historically bad a season ago, and got them to the AFC Divisional playoffs and they almost were able to beat Baltimore with a 3rd string QB. Phillips has already been a head coach with Denver, Buffalo and Dallas (career .581 win percentage), and also an interim coach in New Orleans and Atlanta. The Colts probably want to go offense with this new regime of coaching, which is why Phillips doesn’t rank high on our list.

Odds to Being the New Colts Coach – 8/1

4. Joe Philbin – Packers offensive coordinator

Forget the letdown the Packers had this past Sunday against the Giants, he’s been a big reason behind why the team had won 19 of 20 games and a Super Bowl a season before. Philbin just went through a tragedy that simply no one ever wants to go through, losing a son in an accident two weeks ago, but he has been on the list of almost every team looking for a coach this offseason. A coordinator for Green Bay since 2007, the Packers have ranked in the top 10 in points and total yards each year. He would be a solid choice.

Odds to Being the New Colts Coach – 5/1

5. Brad Childress – Former Vikings Head Coach

Coming off a season of sitting on the sideline, the former Vikings coach has been mentioned as a possible OC in Cleveland, and also was talking to Tampa Bay about their coaching job. Childress led the Vikings to within a Brett Favre pick away from the Super Bowl just two seasons ago, and in nearly five years with the Vikings was 39-35. Interesting note is that Childress beat out Jim Caldwell for the Vikings coaching spot in 2006.

Odds to Being the New Colts Coach – 9/1


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3 Responses to “The Colts Top Five Choices for Their Next Head Coach”

  1. Chip says:

    How come Gruden’s not on the radar? Didn’t he say the only way he’d come out of the pressbox was to coach Manning?

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