There are very few head coaching searches around the NFL that are likely to be under as much scrutiny as the Indianapolis Colts’ efforts to find a new head coach.
This is the second time since the middle of the 2022 NFL season that the Colts are looking for a new head coach.
The last time, they made a very questionable decision.
They hired Jeff Saturday despite his complete lack of experience instead of promoting a coach already on their staff.
Now they’re back on the hunt for a coach and have plenty of options.
One of those options appears to have the support of a prominent former member of the Colts.
According to NFL reporter Albert Breer, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan has the support of Colts legend Peyton Manning to become the team’s next head coach.
It's definitely worth noting that among Callahan's advocates is Colts legend Peyton Manning. Which I'd think would carry weight with Jim Irsay. https://t.co/WQeRfZUtIZ
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 30, 2023
Callahan has become a popular head coaching candidate this offseason. The Arizona Cardinals have also requested an interview with him.
It’s easy to see why.
Over the past 3 seasons, Callahan has accomplished exactly what the Colts are hoping to achieve right now.
Callahan helped develop an elite quarterback prospect and turn a struggling team into one of the league’s most impressive offenses.
The Colts will be hoping for something similar in the near future.
Their offense was a disaster this past season and the team struggled as a result. Now they’ll turn their attention to the draft to try and find their franchise quarterback.
With Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman, Alec Pierce, an expensive offensive line, and some interesting options at tight end, Brian Callahan would have some strong pieces to try and rebuild this offense.
With Peyton Manning’s blessing, it seems like he could have a leg up on every other candidate for the Indianapolis Colts to try to be the one to turn the franchise around.