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Colts unexpectedly interviews the Special Team’s second coordinator for the HC job

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Without announcing an interview request, the Indianapolis Colts completed a head coach interview with Green Bay packers Special team coordinator Rich Bisaccia on Jan. 20 per the Colts Twitter account.

The Colts have now interviewed or asked to speak to 13 head coaching candidates, which guides all other teams. per NFL via CBS insider Jonathan Jones. The Carolina Panthers are just behind with 12 candidates.

saddlebag has 21 years experience in the NFL, mainly coaching of special teams. He was also the interim head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders for 13 games in 2021.

After Bisaccia signed with the Packers last offseason, former Raiders cornerback Keisean Nixon joined him at Green Bay. With Bisaccia leading the Special Teams unit in 2022, Nixon became a AP First-Team All-Pro Kick Returner.

Featuring “22 Kicking Game Categories” NFL analyst Rick Gosselin analyzes each team’s special teams at the end of each regular season. In its 2022 reportGosselin gave the Packers 408 points – good enough for No. 22. For perspective, Green Bay finished dead last in Gosselin’s 2021 rankings (No. 32)..

Bisaccia is the second special teams coordinator the Colts have spoken to, along with Indianapolis Bubba Ventronewho was interviewed on January 11th.

After Raiders ex-head coach Jon Gruden resigned in 2021Bisaccia was given the interim role despite having no prior experience as a head coach.

Under his leadership, Las Vegas finished the regular season 7-5 and even made the playoffs – losing to the eventual AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals in the wild card round.

After this loss Bisaccia wrote handwritten letters to each of his players to thank them for their season-long commitment under difficult circumstances.

The respect Bisaccia had for his players was mutual in Las Vegas. Then-Raiders quarterback Derek Carr expressed his appreciation for Bisaccia’s efforts, even endorsing him for the full-time stint as head coach.

“I think we can all think he’s the one,” Carr said after the playoff loss. “He proved that people listen to him. Not just people, but our team listens to him. I love him so much, I am grateful to him.”

Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby also expressed his admiration for Bisaccia and touted his lead.

“He (Bisaccia) came in and took us to 10 wins,” Crosby said added after the Raiders wild card loss in January 2022. “We got on the road in a short week and gave Cincinnati everything they could handle. It just goes to show that Rich is a great leader. One of the best people I know. One of the most honest guys I know. I’ll bat for him every day of the week.”

Indianapolis asked to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan on January 19 and had a short turnaround time when the interview was complete shortly after Bisaccia’s interview. The Bengals will face the bills AFC Divisional Round in just two days.

Callahan has helped Cincinnati become a successful offensive player as the Bengals were AFC champions last season and are vying for a Super Bowl return in 2022.

The Bengals have hung up 27.1 and 26.1 Points per game in 2021 and 2022, respectively – 7th in the NFL.

Jay Morrison, covering the Bengals for The Athletic, reports Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor said Callahan is worth getting the chief coaching interview.

“Deserved,” Taylor said to Morrison. “He (Callahan) is doing an incredible job leading our offense and with the coaches and the players in particular he has been invaluable to us. So he deserves this opportunity very much.”

Callahan has helped Cincinnati become a successful offensive player as the Bengals were AFC champions last season and are vying for a Super Bowl return in 2022.

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