Colts Owner Jim Irsay and new General Manager Ryan Grigson have been very busy over the last few days. Following the news that Head Coach Jim Caldwell had been released, additional coaching staff turnover was expected but it has become clear that no one is safe in this effort to clean house.
Despite the fact that the Colts offensive line improved noticeably on the ground, Pete Metzelaars was let go yesterday. Wide receivers coach and former quarterbacks coach Frank Reich was let go as well.
Today, defensive line coaches John Teerlinck and his son Bill Teerlinck were released along with secondary coaches Alan Williams — who is joining former Colts defensive coach Leslie Frazier in Minnesota — and Rod Perry. If defensive coordinator Mike Murphy retires, the Colts will be looking at an across the board new defensive coaching staff.
Who was the first player to join the team under an assumed new coaching staff? CFL standout linebacker Jerrell Freeman, who is Grigson’s first player acquisition in Indianapolis. Freeman tallied 105 tackles, six sacks, and three interceptions as the CFL West Division’s defensive player of the year nominee this season.
The purge and reconstruction is just getting started. Check back for more updates as they occur.