The Indianapolis Colts have been granted permission to interview two candidates to replace fired head coach Jim Caldwell, The Indianapolis Star reported Wednesday night.Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, the newspaper reported that Indianapolis wants to speak with Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael.
Although the decision has not been made official, reports are surfacing that Williams has agreed to work with close friend and new Rams head coach Jeff Fisher as he attempts to turn the team around after a disappointing 2-14 season in 2011. Side Note: New Orleans finished 24th in total defense (12th against the rush and 30th against the pass).
Mularkey and VanGorder were replaced by Dirk Koetter and Mike Nolan, respectively. Koetter was Jacksonville’s offensive coordinator from 2007 to 2011. Nolan was Miami’s defensive coordinator over the last two seasons. Koetter met with quarterback Matt Ryan for about an hour during the interview process and said that he has more film study to do on the Falcons, but stated that he’s a proponent of the vertical passing game, running the football and that he’s been ordered to improve the team’s screen passing attack.
The club declined to comment, but a league source confirmed Spagnuolo’s visit to Metairie. With the league’s annual offseason coach hiring and firing in full swing, Coach Sean Payton is apparently wasting little time interviewing candidates to replace departed defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who left for the same post with the St. Louis Rams.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton met with reporters and discussed his team’s 2011 season. The Saints were 13-3 in the regular season and won the NFC South. New Orleans defeated Detroit in the wild-card round and lost to San Francisco in the divisional round.