Manning Makes Surprise Return To The Indianapolis Colts As Tight Ends Coach

Getty Image

Perhaps no NFL team has had quite as interesting as an NFL offseason as the Indianapolis Colts.

Sure, the NFL offseason only technically started on the Monday after the Super Bowl.

But the Colts and owner Jim Irsay were busy long before then. Indianapolis went through a lengthy head coaching search that involved narrowing down a pool of more than a dozen candidates.

Eventually, the Colts landed on Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen.

Now Indy is moving forward to the next steps, which includes its NFL Draft plans as well as building out Steichen’s staff. That staff is reportedly set to add a familiar name: Manning.

But it’s not the one you think.

Manning Returns To Indianapolis Colts To Coach Tight Ends

Football Scoop’s Zach Barnett reports that Indianapolis is set to poach University of Cincinnati offensive coordinator Tom Manning and name him its new tight ends coach.

Manning only recently became the Bearcats’ offensive coordinator under new head coach Scott Satterfield.

Sources told FootballScoop on Monday that Bearcats offensive coordinator Tom Manning will leave his newly-acquired post to once again become the Indianapolis Colts’ tight ends coach. Bearcat Journal first reported the news of Manning’s departure.  – via FootballScoop

Manning, 39, served in the same role for the Colts under Frank Reich in 2018. He then returned to the college ranks where he was the offensive coordinator at Iowa State under Matt Campbell.

The new job marks Manning’s fourth stop in six years.

Colts fans seemed happy to have a Manning back in the building, even if it wasn’t Peyton.

The Colts selected Jelani Woods of Virginia in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Woods had a solid rookie season with 25 catches for 312 yards and three touchdowns and there’s optimism that the 6-foot-7, 265-pound product could develop into a future star.

As for Manning, he continues to build his resume as one of the game’s top young coaches.