According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Indianapolis Colts tight ends coach Jason Michael is the latest coach to join former offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni’s new Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff:
The #Eagles are hiring Jason Michael as their tight ends coach, source said. Michael — the former #Titans OC — coached TEs the past two seasons with the #Colts. Another Nick Sirianni connection.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 27, 2021
Michael just completed his second season as the Colts tight ends coach, having had over 18 years of coaching experience.
It’s unclear why he made a lateral move to join Siranni’s staff—although maybe he’s just close with the new Eagles head football coach.
Regarding the Colts tight ends’ production this past season:
- Mo Alie-Cox: 31 receptions for 394 receiving yards (12.7 ypr. avg.) and 2 touchdown receptions during 15 games.
- Jack Doyle: 23 receptions for 251 receiving yards (10.9 ypr. avg.) and 3 touchdown receptions during 14 games.
- Trey Burton: 28 receptions for 250 receiving yards (8.9 ypr. avg) and 3 touchdown receptions during 13 games.
In particular, despite limited playing time and battling a lingering knee injury, Alie-Cox had a breakout season for the Colts of sorts—as he was PFF’s 5th best graded tight end overall with a +81.0 overall grade.
Having already lost Sirianni, defensive backs coach Jonathan Gannon, and pass game specialist Kevin Patullo to the Philadelphia Eagles this early offseason, the Colts just saw another coach poached—as Michael joins the ever-growing long list of Colts coaching castoffs headed to the City of Brotherly Love.
As such, Indianapolis has another coaching vacancy to fill—only this time at the tight ends positional group.