COLTS NAME SHANE STEICHEN NEW HEAD COACH

2023-02-15 · 2 min read · NFL/Football
Former Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen

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Days after falling just short in Super Bowl LVII, the Philadelphia Eagles now have a vacancy at the offensive coordinator position after the Indianapolis Colts named Shane Steichen as their new head coach.
Steichen has risen through the NFL coaching ranks quickly, beginning as a quality control coach in 2015 and will now be entrusted with turning around a team that finished with a 4-12-1 record in 2022.
The 37-year-old received a ton of credit for the development of Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia, helping Hurts join Joe Montana and Steve Young as the only players to account for at least 370 total yards and four touchdowns in a Super Bowl.
While interim boss Jeff Saturday was the perceived front-runner for the job, the Colts did promise a thorough coaching search, with eight candidates given a second interview and Raheem Morris reportedly being eliminated from contention over the weekend.
His knowledge and track record for bringing the best out of quarterbacks seemed to be a determining factor in Steichen being ultimately chosen, a position which the Colts are desperate to fix with Matt Ryan tossing 13 interceptions last season and the Indy pivot posting his worst statistical season through the air, throwing for a mere 3,057 yards, the lowest of his pro career.
Having worked with QBs like Philip Rivers, Justin Herbert, and Hurts, Steichen has developed a reputation for getting significant production out of quarterbacks.
The Colts are expected to choose a quarterback with the fourth overall pick, and Steichen’s work with Herbert during his time as the Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator was impressive.
In Herbert’s first season as the Chargers’ starting QB, he threw 31 touchdown passes and completed 66.6% of his throws.
Steichen has over a dozen years of NFL experience in various coaching roles.
Interestingly, he previously worked under Frank Reich when the former Colts head coach was the offensive coordinator with the San Diego Chargers.
Reich went 40-33-1 before being fired after a Week 9 loss to the Patriots that dropped Indianapolis’ record to 3-5-1.
The hiring of Steichen should feel familiar to Colts fans as Reich was named the Colts head coach in 2018, days after he served as the Eagles' offensive coordinator in the Super Bowl.
Philly led the league in rushing in 2021, while the Colts were ranked 23rd in the run game during the 2022 regular season after being second in that department over the previous campaign.
With this hiring, Steichen becomes the second youngest NFL head coach behind only Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams.
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