Following the hire of new head coach Frank Reich, the Colts’ have formed a new look coaching staff. The Colts have one of the youngest staffs in the league, which could pose an issue. People like Reich and Rusty Jones will help bring the experience level up.Let’s go over some of the Colts’ new coaches.
The Colts’ current coaching staff looks like this:
Head Coach: Frank Reich
Offensive Coordinator: Nick Sirianni
Defensive Coordinator: Matt Eberflus
Special Teams Coordinator: Ray “Bubba “Ventrone”
Director of Sports Performance: Rusty Jones
Offensive Line Coach: Dave DeGuglielmo
Defensive Line Coach: Mike Phair
Linebackers Coach: Dave Borgonzi
Secondary Coach: Alan Williams (Rumored)
Pass Rush Consultant/Player Development: Robert Mathis
Assistant Strength Coach: Richard Howell
Sports Science/Conditioning: Ryan Podell
The Colts’ lured Jones, one of the pioneers of strength and conditioning, out of retirement. Coaching for the Bills in the 1980s and 1990s, he revolutionized the way that players conditioned themselves. Jones was influential in areas such as nutrition and exercise and is credited for conditioning the Bills’ offensive line to run the no-huddle offense. He helped Buffalo reach four straight Super Bowls. Jones then went to the Bears and helped players such as Brian Urlacher stay healthy for many seasons. He will be a huge addition to a Colts team that was swamped by injuries last season. Look for the Colts to be a far healthier team than they were in 2017.
Ray “Bubba” Ventrone
Ventrone is a former NFL safety who retired in 2014. He was voted the “Special Teams Player of the Year” during his last season with the 49ers by his peers and coaches. Ventrone has been on the Patriots as an assistant special teams coach since 2015 and will captain the unit in Indianapolis. New England has one of the best special teams units year after year, and Ventrone looks to replicate this in Indianapolis.
The Colts’ hiring of DeGuglielmo is questionable, to say the least. In 2014-15, under DeGuglielmo, the Patriots’ offensive line was bottom 10 in the NFL. DeGuglielmo has spent time with the Chargers and Dolphins and has hopefully gained plenty of experience. It is imperative that DeGuglielmo coaches as best as possible, since protecting Andrew Luck is the number one priority. Let’s hope that he can turn around the Colts’ awful offensive line of the past.
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts for Full Press Coverage, the AFC South Division Editor, and head NBA editor. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @Ben_Pfeifer_ and @FPC_Colts.