The Indianapolis Colts have signed Jim Herrmann as linebackers coach and Darren Krein as head strength and conditioning coach. The team also announced Offensive Line Coach Hal Hunter will not be retained.
Herrmann has 30 years of coaching experience, including 10 seasons in the NFL. He previously served as the linebackers coach for the New York Jets (2006-08) and New York Giants (2009-2015) after spending 20 years on the coaching staff at his alma mater, the University of Michigan (1986-2005).
In 2015, Herrmann guided a Giants unit that used six different starting lineup rotations at linebacker as the team battled through injuries. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas ranked second on the team with 88 tackles (67 solo), while fellow linebacker Jasper Brinkley ranked third with 67 tackles (49 solo).
Herrmann was instrumental in the development of rookie linebacker Devon Kennard in 2014. The fifth round draft pick played in 12 games (six starts) and totaled 43 tackles (36 solo) and 4.5 sacks. Kennard was selected as NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 14) after recording six solo tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, and a forced fumble against the Tennessee Titans. He became the first Giants defensive rookie to be honored as a Player of the Week. After losing starting linebacker Jon Beason early in the season due to injury, former Baltimore Raven Jameel McClain was thrust into the starting role for the Giants. Herrmann helped McClain establish a career-high with 117 tackles (75 solo) and tie his career-best with 2.5 sacks.
In 2013, Herrmann’s unit helped the Giants defense finish eighth in the NFL after allowing 332.3 yards per game. New York used a linebacker by committee approach in 2011 after losing starter Jonathan Goff due to injury. The unit was manned by Chase Blackburn, Mathias Kiwanuka and rookie Greg Jones as the Giants went on to win Super Bowl XLVI. In 2010, the Giants finished seventh in the NFL in total defense (310.8 yards per game) and eighth against the run (101.3).
Prior to joining the Giants, Herrmann was the linebackers coach of the New York Jets from 2006-08. In 2008, the Jets defense ranked seventh in the NFL against the run (94.9 yards per game) and 16th overall (329.4). Two of Herrmann’s positional players, Eric Barton and Calvin Pace, were the team’s top tacklers. In 2007, Herrmann was joined in New York by one of his former Michigan players, linebacker David Harris, whom the club drafted in the second round. As a rookie, Harris led the team with 117 tackles and tied for the team lead with 5.0 sacks.
Herrmann coached at Michigan for two decades (1986-2005) before making the jump to the NFL. He served as defensive coordinator/linebackers (1997-2005), linebackers/special teams (1995-96), inside linebackers (1990-94), volunteer coach (1988-89) and graduate assistant (1986-87) while in Ann Arbor. In his first season as defensive coordinator in 1997, the Wolverines won the national championship while leading the nation in multiple defensive categories, including total yards, scoring and pass efficiency. Herrmann received the Broyles Award as the National Assistant Coach of the Year.
In his nine years as defensive coordinator, Michigan won five Big Ten championships and the defense held 47 opponents to less than 100 rushing yards. The Wolverines defense led the Big Ten in sacks three times (1997, 2001, 2002) and set a school record with 50 sacks in 2001. Herrmann coached six All-Americans, including Marlin Jackson, Ernest Shazor, Leon Hall, LaMarr Woodley, Larry Foote and Charles Woodson, who won the 1997 Heisman Trophy and was named the national Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
Herrmann began his coaching career at the high school level in Michigan at Harper Woods Notre Dame High School (1984) and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (1985).
He was a three-year letter winner at linebacker for Michigan. In 1980, he was a member of Bo Schembechler’s first Rose Bowl-winning team. A native of Michigan, Herrmann was a three-sport athlete and standout linebacker at Dearborn Divine High School.
Krein spent the last five seasons (2011-15) as the head strength and conditioning coach of the Miami Dolphins. He has 17 years of NFL coaching experience. In 2013, Krein was recognized by his peers with their highest honor as he was named the NFL Strength Coach of the Year at the league’s annual Strength and Conditioning Coaches banquet in Indianapolis.
Prior to Miami, Krein had two stints with the Seattle Seahawks (1997-98 and 2001-09) as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. He assisted in the coordination of the players’ weight training and the offseason conditioning program. Krein was also integral in the design and implementation of the rehabilitation process for injured players.
Krein was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. He missed his rookie season due to a knee injury. On June 17, 1995 Krein was claimed by the Green Bay Packers off waivers but did not see any game action. In 1996, he played the entire season with the Barcelona Dragons of the World League, but re-injured his knee and was forced to retire.
A native of Aurora, Colorado, Krein was a four-year letterman at the University of Miami (1989-1993). He was named a unanimous First Team All-Big East selection and Second Team Associated Press All-America choice as a senior. Krein totaled 190 career tackles and 17.5 sacks as a member of the Hurricanes and earned a degree in business management.
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The Indianapolis Colts have signed Rob Chudzinski as offensive coordinator.
Chudzinski spent the last two seasons with the Colts. He most recently served as the associate head coach in 2015. Chudzinski assumed control of the offensive coordinator duties and responsibilities on November 3, 2015 when the team terminated former Offensive Coordinator Pep Hamilton. Chudzinski holds 22 years of coaching experience, including the previous 12 seasons in the NFL.
In 2015, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck led the Colts to a 5-3 record as a starting quarterback during the absence of Andrew Luck. Quarterback Josh Freeman started the season finale vs. Tennessee and guided the Colts to their sixth win with a backup starting quarterback in 2015, which led the NFL. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton registered his third-consecutive 1,000-yard season as he caught 69 passes for 1,124 yards and five touchdowns. Running back Frank Gore totaled 260 carries for 967 yards and six touchdowns. His 967 rushing yards were the most by a Colts running back since 2007 (Joseph Addai, 1,072).
He served as special assistant to the head coach in 2014. Chudzinski provided input on both sides of the ball along with assisting Head Coach Chuck Pagano. He also helped with game management and handled special projects. In 2014, Chudzinski helped the Colts to their third consecutive 11-win season and second straight AFC South title. The team recorded a perfect 6-0 division record for the second straight year, marking the first time in franchise history they’ve accomplished the feat in back-to-back seasons. Indianapolis also won two postseason contests and reached the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 2009. Chudzinski assisted an offense that ranked first in the NFL in passing (305.9 ypg.) and passing touchdowns (42). The Colts ranked third in the league in total offense (406.6 ypg.), which was a 12-spot improvement from a No. 15 ranking in 2013 and ranked sixth in the NFL in scoring (28.6 ppg.), which was an eight-spot jump from the previous season. Defensively, Indianapolis improved in all three categories including total defense, rushing defense and passing defense.
In 2013, Chudzinski served as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland finished 18th in the NFL in total offense and 11th in passing yards, marking the highest ranking for the team dating back to 1991. The Browns also finished ninth in total defense, which was the highest ranking since 1994. Cleveland recorded 40.0 sacks as a team and tied for the league lead with 16 total players with a sack.
Prior to joining the Browns, Chudzinski spent two years (2011-12) as offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. In 2011, the team set club records for total yards (6,237) and first downs (345), one year after experiencing franchise lows in both categories. Carolina scored 48 touchdowns overall after recording 17 the year before his arrival. Chudzinski tutored quarterback Cam Newton, who became the first rookie in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards, while setting an NFL record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 14 en route to being named the 2011 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year. The Panthers also became the first team in NFL history with three 700-yard rushers in DeAngelo Williams (836), Jonathan Stewart (761) and Newton (706).
Chudzinski had two stints with the San Diego Chargers, where he served as the assistant head coach/tight ends from 2009-2010 and tight ends coach from 2005-06. He coached tight end Antonio Gates, who recorded both of his 1,000-yard receiving seasons under Chudzinski in 2005 and 2009.
From 2007-08, Chudzinski served as offensive coordinator of the Browns. In 2007, Cleveland scored 402 points and tallied 5,621 yards of total offense, both of which ranked as the third-most in franchise history. In addition, the team tied for seventh in the NFL in touchdowns and eighth in total offense after finishing 30th and 31st, respectively, the year prior.
Chudzinski began his NFL coaching career in 2004 as the Browns tight ends coach, where he worked with first round draft choice Kellen Winslow. During the season, he was elevated to offensive coordinator for the final five games following Butch Davis’ resignation as head coach.
From 1994-2003, Chudzinski coached at his alma mater, the University of Miami (Fla.). He spent two seasons (1994-95) as a graduate assistant, five (1996-2000) as tight ends coach and three (2001-03) as offensive coordinator. During his three seasons as offensive coordinator, the Hurricanes compiled a record of 35-3 and played in a BCS Bowl Game every year, including two National Championship appearances. Chudzinski helped shape several future NFL Pro Bowlers, including Bubba Franks, Frank Gore, Andre Johnson, Willis McGahee, Bryant McKinnie, Clinton Portis, Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow.
Chudzinski played tight end at Miami from 1986-1990, as he was a three-year starter and a member of two national championship teams (1987 and 1989). He graduated with a B.A. in business administration in 1990 and went on to earn his MBA in 1996.
Chudzinski was inducted into the 2015 University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame. His class was comprised of two time Olympic medalist Lauryn Williams as well as football stars Jonathan Vilma, Kevin Patrick, Rusty Medearis, Winston Moss and the late Sean Taylor among others. He is a native of Toledo, Ohio.
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The Indianapolis Colts have signed Ted Monachino as defensive coordinator.
“We are pleased to announce the hiring of Ted Monachino as our next defensive coordinator,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “Ted brings a wealth of experience with 25 years of coaching all on the defensive side of the ball. He has overseen one of the league’s best linebacker units for the last six years and I had the privilege of coaching with him for two of those seasons. Ted is very familiar with our scheme. He is a great motivator and is extremely respected by the players he has coached.”
Monachino spent the last six seasons with the Baltimore Ravens serving as the linebackers (2012-15) and outside linebackers (2010-11) coach. He sent at least one Raven from his positional group to the Pro Bowl in four of his six seasons in Baltimore. Over the last two seasons, Monachino developed Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley into one of the most productive young players at the position. In 2014, Mosley became the first rookie in Ravens history to be named to the Pro Bowl as his 129 tackles ranked eighth in the NFL and first among rookies. Monachino coached Elvis Dumervil to a franchise-record 17.0 sacks in 2014. Dumervil combined with fellow outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (12.0) to produce the most sacks of any duo in the NFL (29.0) in 2014 as Baltimore tallied the second-most sacks in the league. In 2013, Suggs (10.0) and Dumervil (9.5) totaled 19.5 sacks on the season and linebacker Daryl Smith was one of just three NFL defenders with at least 100 tackles, 5.0 sacks and three interceptions. In Monachino’s first season as linebackers coach in 2012, Baltimore ranked second in red zone defense and allowed the second-fewest passing touchdowns (15) en route to a Super Bowl XLVII victory. Suggs was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler in 2011 after leading the AFC with a career-high 14.0 sacks and an NFL-best seven forced fumbles. In his first season in Baltimore in 2010, the Ravens allowed the NFL’s third-fewest points (16.9 ppg.) for the third-straight year.
Prior to Baltimore, Monachino coached the defensive line for the Jacksonville Jaguars for four seasons (2006-09). In 2006, the Jaguars tied for fourth in the league in rushing defense after allowing 91.3 yards per game.
Monachino coached for five seasons at Arizona State (2001-05). He served as the defensive line coach for the Sun Devils and was pivotal in the development of Suggs, who was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Suggs set the NCAA single-season record for sacks (24.0) and tackles for loss (31.5) in 2002 en route to winning the Bronco Nagurski Award, given to the best defensive player in the nation, the Rotary Lombardi Award for the country’s top lineman and the Morris Trophy for the Pac-10’s top lineman.
Collegiately, Monachino also had coaching stints at Boise State (2000), Southwest Missouri State (1999), James Madison (1998) and Texas Christian (1996-97). He began his coaching career in Missouri at the high school level at Pacific High School (1991-93) and Hannibal High School (1994-95).
Monachino earned a degree in health and physical education from the University of Maryland in 1990. He was a three-year letterman for the Terapins and received All Big 8 Conference academic honors two times. Monachino earned his master’s credit in sport psychology from Texas Christian while serving as a graduate assistant from 1996-97.
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The Indianapolis Colts have parted ways with Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky, Safeties Coach Roy Anderson, Secondary Coach Mike Gillhamer, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Roger Marandino, Tight Ends Coach Alfredo Roberts and Running Backs Coach Charlie Williams.
“We are grateful for the contributions these coaches have made to the Colts during their time here,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “Obviously these days are never easy. We wish all of these men the best in their future endeavors.”
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The Indianapolis Colts will hold a 10:30 p.m. press conference this evening at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Owner & CEO Jim Irsay, General Manager Ryan Grigson and Head Coach Chuck Pagano will all be available.
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This week’s “Back-Up(s) of the Game” presented by Venyu are quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley.
In a season that took just about every twist imaginable, the Colts final abrupt turn came early last week when they had to sign quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley.
Not only were the two quarterbacks, who hadn’t been on any NFL roster this season, coming to Indy on short notice, they were going to play on Sunday.
Colts coaches devised a plan to have Freeman (signed on Monday) take the bulk of the game plan. Lindley would handle two-minute situations.
“That was the plan going in, trying to, I guess, limit the workload for each of us,” Freeman said after his first NFL action since 2013.
“We had different sections of the game that we were responsible for.”
The plan worked rather effectively.
Freeman and Lindley combined to go 21-of-38 for 207 yards, two touchdowns and one interception (off Boom Herron’s hands).
Each signal caller led the offense on a touchdown drive and helped the Colts score their second most points of the season.
“I don’t know if this has ever happened before in the history of the National Football League, where you bring in two guys off the street and you got basically three days to prepare these guys and we won a football game with them,” Pagano said after the 30-24 win.
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts won on Sunday, but they also saw their 2015 season come to a close.
With Houston beating the Jaguars 30-6 on Sunday afternoon, the Texans (9-7) won the AFC South by one game over the Colts (8-8).
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
NO PLAYOFFS – For just the third time in the last 17 years, the Colts will sit and watch during the playoffs. Houston’s win on Sunday gave them the division title by one-game over the Colts. Indianapolis will point to back-to-back December, divisional losses to Jacksonville and Houston as to when division control was lost.
ONE FINAL WIN – The Colts did win 30-24 on Sunday afternoon over the Titans. They salvaged an 8-8 season which is saying something considering everything they dealt with at the NFL’s most important position. The Colts were 6-3 in games started by Matt Hasselbeck and Josh Freeman this season.
BACKUP QUARTERBACKS DELIVER – Not enough can be said about the performances of Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley form Sunday. The duo combined to go 21-of-38 for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Neither guy was in the NFL this season and didn’t even join the Colts until early last week. The coaching staff devised a game plan to successfully incorporate both of them.
GORE FALLS SHORT – Frank Gore fell 33 yards short of 1,000 on the season. It marked the first time in Gore’s 11 seasons he hasn’t reached the century-mark in a healthy campaign. Gore did average 4.0 yards per carry on Sunday, an impressive number with loaded boxes all afternoon.
WHAT’S NEXT? – Chuck Pagano will meet with Jim Irsay on Monday morning and a decision should come then on the future at head coach. The last two times the Colts missed the playoffs (2001, 2011), they made a change at head coach following those seasons.
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Colts Inactives:7 Stephen Morris
8 Matt Hasselbeck
12 Andrew Luck
27 Winston Guy
51 Sio Moore
58 Trent Cole
64 Kelcy Quarles
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The Indianapolis Colts today waived wide receiver Griff Whalen from the Injured Reserve list. He was placed on the team’s Injured Reserve list on December 21.
Whalen, 5-11, 190 pounds, played in 14 games for the Colts this season and caught 19 passes for 205 yards and one touchdown. He also collected 12 punt returns for 85 yards (7.1 avg.) and nine kickoff returns for 244 yards (27.1 avg.). Whalen has seen action in 33 career NFL games (three starts) and recorded 45 receptions for 487 yards and three touchdowns, 46 punt returns for 376 yards (8.2 avg.) and 25 kickoff returns for 645 yards (25.8 avg.). He has appeared in two postseason contests (one start) for the Colts and totaled seven catches for 93 yards, two punt returns for six yards (3.0 avg.) and one kickoff return for 16 yards (16.0 avg.).
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