The Indianapolis Colts’ search for a new head coach is finally over, with the team announcing the appointment of Shane Steichen after a thorough five-week process.
The Colts are hoping this new hire will provide the stability they need at quarterback and help them rebound from a 4-12-1 season. It’ll be interesting to see Shane Steichen’s impact on the team, and many eyes will be on him next season.
New Head Coach of Colts
The Indianapolis Colts officially introduce Steichen during a news conference on Tuesday. Owner Jim Irsay and general manager Chris Ballard are in attendance as well. Steichen is coming off two successful seasons with the Eagles’ offense. He had an effective offensive setup to utilize the talent of Jalen Hurts. The talented signal-caller even earned himself a record in Super Bowl LVII when he became one of only three players to collect 370+ total yards and four touchdowns in a single game.
While early rumors suggested interim head coach Jeff Saturday would snatch up the job, it looks like Steichen was the best option based on Colt’s methodological approach. The Colts are committed to finding the best possible fit for their 2023 season, so they pulled out all of the stops with the second-round candidates. Between initial virtual interviews and additional in-person meetings, it was reported that the team spent between 16 and 18 hours grilling the prospects.
Steichen’s Quarterback Mastery
Steichen’s impressive resume of working with top quarterbacks has solidified his standing with the Colts, who are leaning towards finding their quarterback in this year’s NFL draft. Steichen has experience with renowned quarterbacks including Philip Rivers and Justin Herbert, whom he helped have a successful rookie season in 2020.
With Steichen as the Chargers’ offensive coordinator at the time, Herbert threw 31 touchdowns and recorded a completion percentage of 66.6%. Steichen’s successful stint there stands to help him and the Colts as they look for their next QB.
Nick Steichen’s prowess as an offensive coordinator has been proven over the years by the success of multiple teams. From his 2020 stint leading the Chargers to their sixth-place finish in passing yardage to his first year at Philadelphia when the Eagles led the NFL in rushing, it is clear that Steichen has incredible adaptability with his offensive schemes.
This hire feels familiar for the Colts, who brought in Frank Reich as their head coach back in 2018 after a Super Bowl run with the Eagles where they beat Tom Brady and the Patriots. It’s exciting to see how this combination of orchestrators can lead one of football’s most dynamic offenses for years ahead.
Indianapolis Colts Odds 2023
- +15000 to win the Super Bowl LVIII
- +8000 to b the AFC Conference Winner.
With the uncertainty surrounding its quarterback position, and its performance last season, it is understandable why the Colts are one of the worst, for now. However, with Shane Steichen now in command and a solid core of players, the team is expected to improve drastically next season.