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Colt’s insider reveals thoughts on head coach search

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the Indianapolis Colts‘ Aspiration for their next head coach is achieved 11 candidateswhich makes it clear that the team’s front office is focused on finding the right fit.

ESPN reporter and Colts insider Stephen Holder followed them closely Colts’ head coaching quest since the start of the team’s offseason. On January 18th Holder shared his thoughts on Twitter on Indianapolis’ progress in finding its next coach.

“[I] don’t think we’re particularly close to a decision,” Holder tweeted.

With a double-digit number of candidates, Holder added, there’s an opportunity for “further in-person interviews,” since every session so far has been virtual.

Holder also said the number of candidates makes him skeptical about interim head coach Jeff Saturday’s chances of being offered the full-time job. has saturday not yet been interviewed For the position.

Considering the offensive, defensive and special team coordinators, Holder tweeted he has “no indication that hiring an offensive coach is a priority”.

The Colts are one of five teams looking for a head coach in 2023, though there was one Nine head coaching positions in 2022. Holder’s final point: It’s good that the Colts are now looking for a new head coach.

“Less competition for candidates at a time when this job is less attractive,” Holder wrote.

When Saturday was an ESPN NFL analyst prior to his professional coaching debut, appearing alongside the analyst on several NFL-related programs Dan Orlowski.

Despite Media criticism of the interim shot on Saturdayremained Orlovsky positive loud on Saturday’s performance under the circumstances. Even after a 7-1 record as interim head coach, Saturday continues to deserve Orlovsky’s support.

“Ton of good candidates [for the Colts HC job] but I know some facts,” Orlovsky tweeted.

Orlovsky showed the Colts’ improvements between Weeks 1-8 (led by then-head coach Frank Reich) and Weeks 9-18 (Saturday tenure). Orlovsky noted that the team went from 30th to 12th in rushing yards per game, from 29th to 11th in passing safety, and was +5 points per game.

“Dunno, but did some good things in tough situations,” Orlovsky concluded.

Despite a lost record, Saturday is considered “excellent candidate‘ by Colts owner Jim Irsay. Being in a pool of 11 potential employees, however, complicates Saturday’s chances of earning the full-time role.

Indianapolis asked to interview New York Giants defense coordinator Wink Martindale on Jan. 16 for the vacant head coaching position, but that interview will happen at some point.

The Record Giants beat reporter Art Stapleton on Twitter that after this weekend Martindale “will find time to apply for an HC job at Colts if it is not too late”. In response, Beat writer Zak Keefer of the Athletic Colts tweeted that Martindale “seems in no rush” to do an interview with Indianapolis.

A notable point that Stapleton made, however, was that Martindale’s entry into the Giants staff should be a “goal” and not necessarily a “stepping stone.” Martindale coached the Baltimore Ravens linebackers and was the team’s defensive coordinator for a total of ten years before signing with New York.

If the Colts job is available by next week (Holder believes in it), Martindale will have his chance to interview for the position. Stapleton wrote that Martindale thinks “there’s always something to gain” when interviewing potential head coaches.

The Record Giants beat reporter Art Stapleton on Twitter that after this weekend Martindale “will find time to apply for an HC job at Colts if it is not too late”. In response, Beat writer Zak Keefer of the Athletic Colts tweeted that Martindale “seems in no rush” to do an interview with Indianapolis.



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