Colts Dec 13, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Detailed view of an Indianapolis Colts helmet in the hand of a player against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

While the Indianapolis Colts are not playing in Super Bowl LVII, news has reportedly broken that could indirectly affect Sunday’s contest.

According to multiple reports, the Colts have targeted Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen to be their next head coach after informing other remaining candidates Sunday morning, including interim head coach Jeff Saturday, that they would be moving in a different direction.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news.

Steichen, who is the leader in the clubhouse for the Colts’ head coaching vacancy, would replace Frank Reich, who was fired by Indianapolis in November. Steichen would join Reich as the second Eagles offensive coordinator to be hired by the Colts as their head coach. The two sides cannot officially agree to a deal until after the completion of the Super Bowl, but according to Schefter, the Colts plan to hire him as their next head coach if they can reach an agreement on a contract.

The 37-year-old Steichen helped oversee a unit that finished this season with the league’s No. 3 overall offense in both yards per game (389.1) and scoring average (28.1).

The Eagles potentially could lose both coordinators, as defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon is a key candidate for the Arizona Cardinals head coaching search and is expected to interview on Monday. Though Eagles quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson is in high demand as an offensive coordinator, he figures to stay in Philadelphia with a likely promotion coming his way, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports.

The NFL world had a lot to say about the likely possibility of the Colts hiring Steichen as their next head coach.


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