Colts interview Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka for head-coaching vacancy after New York was bounced from the playoffs… as Indy looks to recover from 4-12-1 season
The Indianapolis Colts have interviewed Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka for their head-coaching vacancy after New York was bounced from the playoffs by the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday.
Kafka, a 35-year-old Chicago native, joined first-year Giants head coach Brian Daboll’s staff before the 2022 season after previously working as the Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterbacks coach.
The Colts are looking for a head coach after dismissing Frank Reich during the season and replacing him with Jeff Saturday on an interim basis. Saturday, a former Colts center, went 1-7, with Indianapolis, which finished 4-12-1 and will have the fourth pick of April’s NFL Draft.
Under Kafka, New York Giants fourth-year quarterback Daniel Jones had his best NFL season, finishing with career bests in completion percentage (67.2), passing yards (3,205), and interceptions (just five).
The Colts previously interviewed Kafka’s former colleague, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, as well as, Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen and Colts special teams coordinator Bubba Ventrone. Saturday, too, has interviewed for the vacancy, despite only coaching on the high school level before this season.
Indianapolis also plans to interview another of Kafka’s co-workers, Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, as well as San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans.
Morris and Quinn both have previous head-coaching experience.
Quinn, 52, guided the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl at the end of the 2016 season, famously blowing a 28-3 third-quarter lead to the New England Patriots, before losing 34-28. He posted a 32-42 record over six seasons in Atlanta before being fired in 2020.
Morris went 17-31 over three seasons in Tampa before replacing Quinn as the Falcons’ interim coach in 2020, going 4-7.
Whoever get the job in Indianapolis is expected to be coaching a rookie signal caller in 2023. Ohio State’s CJ Stroud, Alabama’s Bryce Young, and Kentucky’s Will Levis are all expected to be among the first six or seven picks of the first round.