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Ranking the 5 NFL head coach hirings of the 2023 offseason

4. Shane Steichen, Indianapolis Colts

Like Gannon, Steichen is fresh off of a Super Bowl appearance with the Eagles. Steichen helped unleash Jalen Hurts to a near-MVP level in 2022. Given the fact that some didn’t even think Hurts could become an elite NFL quarterback, this is certainly a feather in the cap for Steichen.

In addition to his experience with Philadelphia, Steichen worked with the Los Angeles Chargers where he served as both the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator from 2014-2020. This included working with Justin Herbert, one of the more talented quarterbacks in the league.

With his success mentoring young quarterbacks, Steichen seems to be well-suited to lead a strong offense in the future. However, Steichen’s biggest issue comes with the lack of a quarterback. 

Of course, the Colts are likely to change that this offseason, and hopefully won’t saddle Steichen with aging vets like the previous head coach was dealt, but this is a delicate situation. Once the new quarterback is decided, Steichen’s future will likely be tied with their performance and if they end up being the wrong choice, it could be Steichen who’s left on the cutting room floor.

Shane Steichen Indianapolis Colts head coach
Shane Steichen, center, poses for photos with Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay, left, and General Manager Chris Ballard after a press conference Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023 announcing that Steichen is the new Indianapolis Colts Head Coach. (Credit: Kelly Wilkinson/IndyStar/USA TODAY NETWORK)
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