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The Indianapolis Colts appeared to have their man and finally made it official today...until it wasn't official.
Shortly after former head coach Chuck Pagano was fired after the regular season ended, the Colts had seemingly come to an agreement with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to be their next head coach. All they had to do was wait until the Patriots ended their playoff run, which they did and officially announced McDaniels as their head coach early Tuesday.
However, McDaniels had a change of heart Tuesday night, backing out of the job in order to stay with New England.
Who do the Colts target now that they have the only head coaching vacancy in the league? Here are six possible options:
6) David Shaw, Stanford head coach
There's a reason Shaw's name often comes up in coaching searches, but there's also a reason he ranks so low on this list. Shaw has shown zero interest in leaving Stanford. Expect to hear his name connected in the rumor mill, especially considering his connection with Andrew Luck, but don't expect him to take the job.
5) Jim Harbaugh, Michigan head coach
Harbaugh was linked to the Colts job during the season but has repeatedly stated his interest in staying with Michigan. That will still likely be the case, but with Indianapolis now desperate, they may try to offer Harbaugh a record contract to lure him away from Ann Arbor.
4) Jim Schwartz, Eagles defensive coordinator
Schwartz is 51 years old with a head coaching career record of 29-51. He spent his five head coaching seasons with the Detroit Lions and even though his record isn't great, he took a 0-16 Lions team and turned them into a 10-6 playoff team in just three seasons. While Schwartz's time didn't end that well, he has rehabbed his stock with the Eagles. The Philadelphia defense has been very impressive and it's been enough for Schwartz to garner interest, including an interview for a few head jobs last month.
3) John DeFilippo, Eagles QBs coach
DeFilippo generated some head coaching buzz this offseason before ultimately being passed up. It might be one year too early for him to get a head coach gig, but the Colts don't have many options at this point. DeFilippo has OC experience, although it came with the Browns, but he gets some credit for the play of Carson Wentz and Nick Foles.
2) Frank Reich, Eagles offensive coordinator
Reich is one of the hottest names in the NFL right now given the success of the Eagles this season. Wentz, in his second year, has emerged as one of the best young quarterbacks in the league and Foles became a playoff hero. The Eagles unorthodox offense is a major reason why they have had success this season and the Colts will be looking for a fresh start.
1) Dave Toub, Chiefs special teams coordinator
Toub is one of the greatest special teams coaches in the history of the NFL. He has turned the Chiefs special teams into one of the most feared units, as he has at all of his previous stops. He is respected throughout the NFL and has a great relationship with the players and front office. At 55 years old, Toub is older than many first-time head coaches but will drew interest for the second offseason in a row. Chris Ballard came over from the Chiefs and worked with Toub for over a decade in Chicago and Kansas City. That pairing makes Toub a top candidate for the Colts job.
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