According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Houston Texans interviewed Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus after all on Saturday, as he previously withdrew as a candidate from their head coaching hiring process:
The #Texans interviewed #Colts DC Matt Eberflus for their head coaching job today, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 17, 2021
Eberflus initially declined an interview, but Houston made another push in recent days. A respected candidate who also remains in the #Chargers mix.
The 50 year old defensive coordinator also remains a candidate for the Los Angeles Chargers head coaching job—although Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is considered the heavy favorite there.
Eberflus helped coach one of the league’s most improved defenses this past season, as his ‘Cover 2’ derivative featured a unit that was fast, athletic, and swarmed to the football.
The Colts were tied for the 5th most takeaways (25) and had the league’s 2nd best run defense—only surrendering 90.5 rushing yards per game. The unit also allowed the 10th (tied) fewest points at 22.6 avg. ppg.
Eberflus has also been instrumental in the development of Colts defensive standouts such as Darius Leonard, Kenny Moore, Khari Willis, Bobby Okereke, Julian Blackmon, and Grover Stewart among others.
Losing Eberflus would be a tough blow to the Colts coaching staff—even if the team would likely replace him with another ‘Cover 2’ defensive disciple.
That being said, having him join their AFC South divisional rival, the Houston Texans, may be even worse because already armed with superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Texans would be a lot more dangerous with a strong Eberflus coached defense potentially backing him up. In turn, the Colts would have to play Houston twice a season.
Houston continues to interview other head coaching candidates as well, so it’s unclear who exactly the frontrunner is right now:
Several candidates in the current #Texans search — Leslie Frazier, Matt Eberflus, Brandon Staley — are defensive coordinators. Hiring one could pave the way for Houston to keep promising young OC Tim Kelly, who has an important fan: Deshaun Watson. https://t.co/1bmmN3f3eC— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 17, 2021
While Eberflus has earned the opportunity for a head coaching job elsewhere, most Colts fans wouldn’t be upset if he remains in Indianapolis for at least one more season during 2021.