For what most assumed would be happening with Chris Ballard being hired, inheriting Chuck Pagano and his staff for one season then ‘evaluating everything’ at season’s end, it appears that the writing on the wall has been displayed. Most of whom the Colts had in place at various positions and coordinators will almost certainly be fired, or not be re-signed.
As this transition begins to take place and the Colts actively interview to find the team’s next head coach, some of those coaches are beginning to take interviews of their own. Joe Philbin who has been the Colts offensive line coach for the past two seasons is being touted as one of a few candidates for the Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator position.
Three expected candidates for the OC job: Joe Philbin, Ben McAdoo and James Campen, who has drawn interest before from other teams. https://t.co/zqmtcmhqhY— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) January 3, 2018
Philbin had some very successful seasons in Green Bay in which he was their coordinator for their Super Bowl winning 2010 season and also called the plays the following season when the Packers nearly ran the table with a 15-1 campaign. In that 2011 season the Packers offense put up 560 points — most in team history — which earned him the nod as the Miami Dolphins head coach in 2012.
In addition to Philbin possibly moving on to other things, Colts tight ends coach Jim Hostler has reportedly also gotten a call from the Packers. According to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News, Hostler has been hired to coach the receivers in Green Bay.
Hostler coached the Colts tight ends for the last two seasons, but was previously their receivers coach in a big 2015 season that featured T.Y. Hilton going for his third of four straight 1000-yard seasons. Hostler also coached up Donte Moncrief to achieve his most productive season to date with 64 catches and 6 touchdowns — double the catches he’s had in any of his four seasons with the Colts.
This process is something that we should expect to continue over the coming days and weeks. The Colts will largely start over with a massive overhaul of the coaching staff as the new head coach brings in his choices for the various spots he chooses to fill. It’s not uncommon for a few position coaches to be retained, it’s definitely not a given that any will stay on board.
Until then, the Colts will continue on the path of bringing in a leader for the roster who can get this organization back on the right path.