By HCR Staff | June 21, 2018
Seven NFL teams this season feature new head coaches – and with them, new coaching staffs. So what happened to the staff that was in place last year? With so much coaching turnover around the league every year, many of them land with a new team.
Over the course of the summer, we’ll take a look at all seven teams that have new staffs. Today, we look at the Indianapolis Colts.
Of the 22 names on last year’s Colts staff, head coach Chuck Pagano is one of six who will not be back on the sidelines anywhere in 2018. Of the remaining 16 coaches, here’s a breakdown:
• With a new NFL team: 10. This includes assistant head coach/OL Joe Philbin, who is now the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers, and quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer, now the offensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks.
• With a college team: 4. Two of the four were quality control coaches who are now position coaches with Div. I programs.
• Stayed with Colts: 2. This includes assistant strength and conditioning coach Richard Howell – promoted to head strength and conditioning coach. The second name is more familiar: Robert Mathis.
Mathis, the Colts’ career sack leader, retired in 2016 and stuck around last year to become pass-rushing consultant. He remains with the team in that capacity, and is very excited about it.
“I’m enjoying it, enjoying the new challenge and embracing it,” Mathis recently told USA Today. “I’m loving it. We’re back to the old scheme and new beginnings.”
Mathis is referring to the 4-3 scheme preferred by new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, who had been with the Dallas Cowboys. Mathis enjoyed much of his success in the 4-3, and he feels good about the prospects for 2018. It will be fun to see how a great player like Mathis grows into his role as coach.
Here’s the complete rundown of where the 2017 Colts coaches are now.