INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 12, 2016) – As we mentioned earlier, the stability Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay sought last month when he retained head coach Chuck Pagano didn’t include a good portion of Pagano’s support staff.
Apparently the revolving door has quit spinning, but good luck keeping track of the comings and goings.
If we’ve got it straight, 10 assistants, including defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, have been jettisoned since the Colts finished last season with an 8-8 record and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011. The list also includes Clyde Christensen, who voluntarily ended his 14-year relationship with the team to become the Miami Dolphins’ offensive coordinator, and special teams assistant Brant Boyer, who’s now the New York Jets’ special teams coach.
“We are grateful for the contributions these coaches have made to the Colts during their time here,’’ Pagano said in a January release announcing the firing of six assistants.
“Obviously these days are never easy. We wish all of these men the best in their future endeavors.’’
In other words, life goes on.
For the Colts, that involves Pagano moving forward with 11 new assistants. Eleven. Even in the nomadic NFL, that’s a monster number for a team that retained its head coach.
Assistants are “sort of the pawns in this thing, yet they’re so critical,’’ said Christensen, who was Andrew Luck’s position coach the past four seasons.
“There’s a lot of insecurity.’’
A quick recap of what has been a hectic six weeks:
- Added: Ted Monachino (defensive coordinator), Jim Herrmann (linebackers), Joe Philbin (offensive line/assistant head coach), Lee Hull (receivers), Jemal Singleton (running backs), Brian Schottenheimer (quarterbacks), Greg Williams (defensive backs), Maurice Drayton (special teams assistant), Andrew Hayes-Stoker (assistant to the head coach), Darren Krein (strength and conditioning) and Quadrain Banks (special teams analyst).
- Subtracted: Manusky, Christensen, Boyer, Roy Anderson (safeties), Jeff FitzGerald (linebackers), Mike Gillhamer (secondary), Hal Hunter (offensive line), Roger Marandino (strength and conditioning), Alfredo Roberts (tight ends) and Charlie Williams (running backs).
- New role: Rob Chudzinski (associate head coach to offensive coordinator), Jim Hostler (receivers to tight ends), Tim Berbenich (defensive assistant to offensive assistant/quarterbacks assistant), Joe Gilbert (offensive line to assistant offensive line) and Shawn Terlecky (assistant to the head coach to defensive quality control).
- Same role: Tom McMahon (special teams), Gary Emanuel (defensive line), Frank Giufre (offensive quality control), Richard Howell (strength and conditioning assistant)