The smartest thing the Indianapolis Colts can do right now is go out and find a coach that can take Andrew Luck and make him into Peyton Manning. Current head coach Jim Caldwell isn’t that guy.
Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Monhinweg might be, though.
After word came down that the Colts had hired former Philadelphia Eagles director of player personnel Ryan Grigson for their general manager position, the rumors started flying about the team's head coaching spot, despite the fact that it's not actually vacant.
Not yet, at least.
While Caldwell was the hand-selected prodigy of Tony Dungy, Peyton Manning has a way of making many of the same coaching flaws that Caldwell shares with Dungy disappear. However, they were more than exposed this season.
A 2-14 campaign is enough to shake an organization to its core. That means a new head coach as well.
Mornhinweg had an unsuccessful tenure as the head coach of the Detroit Lions, but he is still widely respected in most NFL circles. The fans can’t hold a bad stay against those who try their hand in Detroit—that team was just so steeped in losing that it’s hard to overcome.
The real reason that Indianapolis reportedly wants the Eagles assistant coach is because of his prowess with developing quarterbacks to the fullest of their potential. With the inevitable drafting of Andrew Luck and the possible retaining of Peyton Manning, the Colts are setting Luck up to have no chance of failing.
As for what the Eagles would do with no offensive coordinator, Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid will probably just hire Juan Castillo and pretend everything is fine.
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