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Colts Have Young, Inexperienced Coaching Staff In 2018

With the Colts making such a late head coaching hire in 2018, they had to scramble a bit for a staff. How did it come together?

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INDIANAPOLIS – No matter how you look at it, the Indianapolis Colts’ hiring process was odd in 2018.

-Josh McDaniels said no.

-Frank Reich wasn’t hired until February 13th, more than 6 weeks after Chuck Pagano was fired.

-The Colts already had 3 assistants coaches in place for Reich---3 guys he had no prior history with---all holdovers from the staff that was supposed to be working under McDaniels.

-Reich’s staff wasn’t finalized until the day before the NFL Combine started last week.

Nonetheless, Colts finally have their 2018 coaching staff in order with players returning to the building in less than a month.

All things considered, Chris Ballard sounds ecstatic that Reich found guys ready to teach, something that was a pre-requisite for the GM going into this process.

“You are going to have some young, aggressive guys that are really going to be trying to make their mark in this league,” Ballard says of the new staff. “I’m excited about it, excited about the youth on our staff. I think it’s good to have teachers with energy. We have energy and that’s a good thing.”

There is quite a bit of youth on this staff and inexperience.

The Colts have a first-time head coach (Reich), a first-time offensive coordinator (Nick Sirianni), a first-time defensive coordinator (Matt Eberflus) and a first-time special teams coordinator (Bubba Ventrone).

Sirianni and Ventrone are just 36 and 35 years old, respectively.

Among the entire coaching staff, only defensive backs coach Alan Williams is making a lateral move from the 2017 NFL ranks. Every other coach, coordinator or position coach, is rising to their current level from what they did last year.

Reich went into the college ranks to find a pair of assistants who will help the innovative nature with the run-pass option looks continuing to spread into the NFL.

It’s definitely a unique assembling of minds on this new Indy staff.

One thing about the 2018 Colts: It will be a team with coaches in much, much greater roles than they are used to and a locker room looking around for leaders to step forward.

The prove-it mentality is there as Reich and his staff began their preparations.

“It was a long process,” Reich says of assembling a staff. “Basically 10 days straight of just interviews all day. Bringing guys in, making a lot of phone calls, vetting, just to make sure we got the right guys and I could not be happier with the staff we’ve assembled.

"We tried to get a mix of young and old, and different experiences. That’s what we’re looking for, a mix of guys who are good-character guys, who can collaborate together to put the players in the best position.”

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