The Colts will have at least one change along their coaching staff for next season, as the team announced this morning that they are mutually parting ways with running backs coach David Walker.
Walker has been the Colts' running backs coach for the last four seasons (2011-2014). "We're grateful for David's contributions to the Colts' success over the last four years and wish him nothing but the best in the future," head coach Chuck Pagano said in a release issued by the team.
The Colts' running back position had a number of issues and the team ranked 22nd in the league in rushing yards per game and rushing yards per attempt. They set a new mark in futility by gaining just one yard rushing in their game against the Cowboys, setting a new Colts' record for the fewest rushing yards in a single game. With that said, however, it wasn't all Walker's fault. The team lost their best running back, Ahmad Bradshaw, for the season in week eleven, and that was after Vick Ballard tore his Achilles early in training camp. Boom Herron impressed late in the season and in the postseason, but Trent Richardson had an awful and disappointing year yet again.
As is normally the case with these types of situations, we don't know whether the parting was indeed mutual, but it seems that more often than not it is not entirely agreed upon by both sides. If that's the case, it's totally understandable to see the Colts making this move, but at the same time the issues at the running back position were not really because of David Walker. But he was not a coach brought in by Chuck Pagano, as Walker came to the Colts in 2011, a year before Pagano arrived.
Walker served as the Colts running back coach the last four seasons, and prior to that he was the running backs coach at the University of Pittsburgh (2005-2010). He held the same position at Syracuse University from 1995-2004.