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Kevin Hickey

Colts will hold second head coach interview with Shane Steichen

The Indianapolis Colts are planning to conduct a second head coach interview with Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen this week, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Steichen, 37, is one of the youngest candidates the Colts are targeting as a finalist for their head coach vacancy. But he’s near the top of the list in terms of candidates considering his history of working within successful offenses.

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A date for the interview has not been set, but the Colts can conduct their second interview with Steichen after the conclusion of the NFC championship game Sunday.

There have been four reported candidates to make it to the second round of interviews. It’s a list that includes interim head coach Jeff Saturday, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and New York Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale.

The first three interviews have been confirmed while Martindale was scheduled to hold his second interview over the weekend, but a date wasn’t specified.

Steichen is certainly an intriguing candidate for the job. Though he got started coaching in the NFL in 2011, he has some interesting experience working with some impressive players and coaches.

Steichen got his start as a defensive assistant with the San Diego Chargers for two seasons (2011-2012) before joining the Cleveland Browns staff as an offensive quality control coach (2013).

He went back to the Chargers as an offensive quality control coach for two seasons (2014-2015) and then was promoted to quarterbacks coach for the next four seasons (2016-2019), working closely with Philip Rivers during that time.

He was the interim offensive coordinator in 2019 after the Chargers fired Ken Wisenhunt and then was promoted to be the full-time offensive coordinator in 2020, which resulted in rookie Justin Herbert having an excellent campaign.

Steichen joined Nick Sirianni’s staff in 2021 and has held the role of offensive coordinator since. The Eagles offense was one of the most explosive units in the NFL, and it was clear Jalen Hurts has made impressive strides as a quarterback.

The process for the Colts is likely to extend deep into next week as the list of finalists continues to grow.

You can follow along for the latest updates with the head coach search via our tracker.

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