After a long and exhaustive search, the Indianapolis Colts have selected their head coach for the 2023 season: Philadelphia Eagles OC Shane Steichen. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported before the Super Bowl that Steichen would be the choice, and now the Colts have made it official after the Eagles’ heartbreaking 38-35 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Steichen, 37, will receive a six-year-deal from the Colts, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The Colts are one of the last teams this season to make a decision on their new head coach. The front office did their due diligence, narrowing down the list recently. The shortlist included both New York Giants coordinators, Steichen, and interim coach Jeff Saturday.
There was a legitimate concern from fans that the Colts would retain Jeff Saturday as their head coach. The former player is a likable person, but he did not show signs of being a good strategist in the few games he coached. Despite that, there were reports that owner Jim Irsay was infatuated with Jeff Saturday.
But clearly Steichen impressed Irsay and the Colts enough to get the job. His performance in the Super Bowl was certainly admirable, with the Eagles moving the ball up and down the field on Kansas City. While the result was a loss, that certainly was not the fault of the offense. Philly’s Jalen Hurts-led offense was formidable all season, and now Steichen is being rewarded with a head coaching job.
The Colts will be looking to bounce back after a terrible 4-12-1 season that featured some grotesque quarterback play. This isn’t the first time Indy has looked to Philly for a head coach, with Frank Reich also joining the Colts as head coach after a successful stint as offensive coordinator of the Eagles.
Steichen is just 37 years old, making him the the third-youngest coach in the NFL. He’s also the second-youngest coach in Colts history.