Head Coach Chuck Pagano has been true to his word since he has taken over for the Indianapolis Colts. Wednesday brought three new coaching hires that help complete a staff that has been depleted following a house-cleaning that started with Bill and Chris Polian.
Pagano targeted assistant secondary coach Roy Anderson from the Baltimore Ravens to take over as safeties coach with his new franchise. There is little doubt that Pagano is extremely familiar with Anderson from working with him in Baltimore. Additionally, Pagano’s background working with NFL secondaries suggests that this is a very informed hiring decision and that Anderson gives his new boss a great deal of confidence.
Another Baltimore addition is former special teams assistant Marwan Maalouf, who helped coach one of the best special teams units in the NFL — Baltimore improved from 18th to 8th in the NFL from 2009 to 2010. Maalouf is receiving a promotion to special teams coach but brings a resume to the Colts that projects well for special teams performance.
Finally, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end coach Alfredo Roberts has also joined the staff, filling the same role in Indianapolis. Roberts helped oversee increases in performance from Buccaneers tight ends, including helping Kellen Winslow excel in Tampe Bay. Roberts also brings playing experience as a former NFL tight end.
The most telling portion of the hirings is that safeties coach Roy Anderson was added before a new defensive coordinator has been announced. It’s clear from this alone that he was high on Pagano’s list as a necessary component in building what the new head coach foresees as a successful defensive renaissance.
The Colts Authority will continue following the coaching staff as it develops and update you when new hires are announced.