The Indianapolis Colts move forward into 2018 without most, if not all of the 2017 coaching staff. The first departure since Chuck Pagano’s firing came yesterday when wide receivers coach Jim Hostler agreed to join the Green Bay Packers’ coaching staff. The Colts wide receiving unit was lackluster outside of the unit’s best player in T.Y. Hilton in 2017. Even by Hilton’s standards, the wide receiver position was unimpressive with only four games over 100 yards. Of course, most of this can be blamed on not having their starting quarterback and essentially having a rookie targeting them.
Hostler may not be heading to Green Bay alone. It was reported Saturday morning that the Packers are working to bring back their former offensive coordinator and current Colts offensive line coach Joe Philbin. Philbin spent nine seasons with the Packers; his first four as the offensive line coach and his last five as the offensive coordinator before joining the Dolphins as their head coach in 2012. Philbin joined the Colts in January of 2016 after being fired from his head coaching position in Miami the previous season. The Colts offensive line has been very inconsistent during Philbin’s tenure and a change is arguably needed. These two will not be the last coaches to depart Indianapolis. When a new head coach arrives, expect them to make changes to the coaching staff to better fit their offensive and defensive schemes.