INDIANAPOLIS -- Now that Chuck Pagano is in the rear view mirror, it's time to look ahead at the possible candidates for the next Indianapolis Colts head coach.
Jan. 3 update:
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will interview with the Colts on Thursday, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.
Josh McDaniels’ first head coaching interview will be Thursday with the #Colts, source said. Most coveted candidate in this cycle.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 2, 2018
The Colts also have interest in Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 3, 2018
Before we dig in, one name you won't see on the list is former Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Arians, 65, retired from coaching Monday afternoon. He was the Colts' head coach while Pagano missed time after his cancer diagnosis.
New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels
Josh McDaniels will eventually get another shot at being an NFL head coach, whether or not it's with the Colts. ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported the Colts have requested permission to interview McDaniels.
Colts have requested permission to interview Patriots OC Josh McDaniels for their HC job, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 1, 2018
Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator Steve Wilks
Wilks spent 2017 as the defensive coordinator of the Panthers. Before that, he was defensive backs coach for the Panthers and a few other teams. He confirmed Monday that the Colts have requested to interview him.
Steve Wilks confirms the interview requests from Colts, Giants and Lions. pic.twitter.com/RGVnkZcfqy
— Joe Person (@josephperson) January 1, 2018
Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Matt Nagy
Chiefs Special Teams Coach Dave Toub
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport reported that the Colts are also expected to interview two Chiefs assistants -- Matt Nagy and Dave Toub.
Toub has been rumored to get a head coaching position for years, and Nagy has worked with Tyreek Hill and Alex Smith with Kansas City, to success.
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