The Indianapolis Colts today hired Sanjay Lal as their new wide receivers coach, replacing Lee Hull.
Hull was hired last year to coach the wideouts, replacing Jim Hostler (who became the Colts’ tight ends coach). He’s out after just one year, however, but that’s the only coaching staff move we’ve heard of Chuck Pagano making so far.
Lal spent the past two seasons with the Buffalo Bills as their wide receivers coach, and he helped Sammy Watkins have a 1,000 yard season in 2015, and Watkins was a fan of Lal. Before his time with the Bills, Lal spent three seasons with the New York Jets as wide receivers coach (2012-2014) and five seasons with the Oakland Raiders coaching wide receivers (2007-2011), the first two of which were as an assistant and the last three as the WR coach. In all, he’s spent ten years in the NFL coaching wide receivers. Before that, he spent several years as a high school and college coach.
The hope is that Lal will be able to help some of the Colts’ younger wideouts develop, such as Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett. Neither of them really took the steps forward last year that many were hoping to see, though Moncrief did miss several games due to injury. T.Y. Hilton had a career season in 2016, but he had already established himself as one of the top wideouts in the NFL before the season. What the Colts need is continued development of some of their younger receivers, and they’re hoping that Lal can provide that.