The Indianapolis Colts continue to fill in their coaching staff, and less than a week after firing linebackers coach Jeff FitzGerald, the team may have his replacement. According to FOX Sports' Alex Marvez, the Colts have hired Jim Herrmann as their linebackers coach.
Herrmann recently interviewed with the Colts (according to Marvez) after spending the past seven seasons with the New York Giants. Tom Coughlin brought him on board in 2009 and he remained with the team through the 2015 season, after which Coughlin stepped down as head coach. He won a Super Bowl with the Giants following the 2011 season. Before his arrival in New York, Herrmann was the linebackers coach for the New York Jets for three seasons (2006-2008). Herrmann was a coach at Michigan for a long time, as he was a coach for the Wolverines for 21 years. He first started as a player at Michigan and then was an assistant from 1985-1996. For his last nine seasons at Michigan, Herrman was defensive coordinator (1997-2005). During those nine seasons, Michigan won five Big Ten championships, led the Big Ten in sacks in three different seasons (including a school record 50 in 2001), had six All-Americans, and a Heisman winner (Charles Woodson). The defense also held 47 different opponents under 100 yards rushing during Herrmann's tenure as coordinator. In his first season in that position, 1997, Michigan won the national championship while having the country's best defense in terms of total yards, scoring, and passing efficiency. Herrmann was the winner of the Broyles Award that year, which goes to the best assistant coach in the country.
The Colts still have several vacancies on their coaching staff, as they will still be looking for a safeties coach, secondary coach, tight ends coach, running backs coach, and strength and conditioning coach, as well as possibly an offensive line coach. So the moves won't stop anytime soon for Indianapolis, though it now sounds like they have their linebackers coach in place alongside new defensive coordinator Ted Monachino.