The Indianapolis Colts have a head coach — for real this time!
That is Frank Reich putting pen to paper Sunday afternoon to become head coach of the Colts — and that could be an issue for the New York Giants.
Reich had been working as offensive coordinator for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have now lost quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo to the Minnesota Vikings and Reich to the Colts.
After the Vikings refused to give the Giants permission to interview quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski for their offensive coordinator job, speculation turned to Eagles’ running backs coach Duce Staley. After losing two key offensive coaches it seems unlikely the Eagles will allow Staley to bolt for New York. It seems more likely, in fact, that Staley will end up as offensive coordinator in Philadelphia.
The other issue for the Giants is that there have been several reports that the Colts are interested in Darrell Bevell, who has also been linked to the Giants, for their offensive coordinator post. Bevell has called plays and run his own offensie with the Vikings and Seattle Seahawks the past 12 years. The Colts would presumably give him that opportunity. The Giants, where head coach Pat Shurmur will be the play-caller and primary offensive decision-maker, would not.
So, if the Giants lose out on their three initial candidates for offensive coordinator where would they turn next? Right now, that’s anybody’s guess. As one evaluator I touched base with Sunday said, “it’s getting wild.”
Indeed it is.