Josh McDaniels, Mike Vrabel Finalists For Colts’ HC Job

Nearly two weeks after firing coach Chuck Pagano, it sounds like the Colts are zeroing in on a pair of potential replacements. NFL.com’s Albert Breer reports (via Twitter) that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel have “emerged as finalists” for the head coaching gig.

Josh McDaniels (Vertical)The Colts cast a relatively wide net during their search. In addition to Vrabel and McDaniels, our head coaching tracker shows that the organization also reached out to Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard, former Chiefs offensive coordinator (and current Bears head coach) Matt Nagy, Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, and Baylor head coach Matt Rhule. Breer cautions that the Colts could add another name to their list of “finalists.”

McDaniels compiled an underwhelming 11-17 record during his two-year stint with the Broncos, but he’s had a lot more success serving as the offensive coordinator for the Patriots. New England’s offense has ranked in the top-10 for points scored during each of his nine years at the helm. Meanwhile, Vrabel’s first season as the Texans defensive coordinator didn’t lead to stellar results. However, the former Patriots linebacker previously displayed his coaching chops while serving as Houston’s linebackers coach between 2014 and 2016.

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14 comments on “Josh McDaniels, Mike Vrabel Finalists For Colts’ HC Job

    • dugdog83

      Not even close. There are the Browns and then the rest of the NFL.

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  1. Thronson5

    I’ve been calling it since they started their HC search they they’d hire McDaniels. I think he makes Bre most sense and could do some good things with Luck. They need to fix that O Line badly and add another WR and find a young RB. They are wasting Lucks prime years and have gotten him killed by taking a beating because of that terrible O Line and the fact that he has been the only play maker on offense so he is constantly having to try to make a play happen. Get him some help and I think McDaniels can have success there. Seems like these teams find a great qb then don’t worry about finding other talent and expect them to do everything and some guys like can pull it off but not everyone is Manning or Brady.

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    • tylerall5

      Manning and Brady had always had great lines. Plus you can’t tell me that they haven’t both had playmakers on offense. Sure they’re great qbs but to say they did it all themselves is an overstatement.

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  2. FBA17

    If Luck doesn’t return McDaniels will be out in 2 years. He has to pick a spot with a strong QB that was issue in Denver.

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  3. Steven St Croix

    Underwhelming choices. Indy sure isn’t looking good these days.

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  4. Meren

    They should hire Vrable. McDaniels will run Luck out of Town, and screw things up like he did in Denver. He cannot function unless he is under Belichecks Foot. Vrabel is a Head Coach in Waiting.

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