Should Reggie Wayne be the Colts’ next head coach?

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Wide Receivers Coach Reggie Wayne seen during training camp.

It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for the Indianapolis Colts. In early November, the Colts fired and hired their offensive coordinator Marcus Brady and head coach Frank Reich Jeff Saturday to replace him as interim head coach straight from the ESPN studio. Since that surprise take, the Colts have gone 1-3 and have shown little sign of improvement on either side of the ball.

After four games of Mixed resultsIt’s looking increasingly likely that the Colts will take a new direction as head coaches for 2023. Looking at the candidates who might be considered for the job, there was more than one few notable namess to make the list, highlighted by the comeback kid himself, Jim Harbaugh. Despite the big names being floated around, the Colts may already have a great candidate on the staff, former wide receiver Reggie Wayne, the Colts’ perennial leader in receptions, yards and postseason touchdowns.

Why Reggie Wayne?

The Colts have faced criticism since being hired on Saturday. At the forefront of this criticism is inexperience. Saturday became the first person since 1961 to become the head coach in the NFL with no previous college or professional level experience. In contrast, Wayne will have completed an official season as wide receiver coach by the end of the 2022 season and will be volunteering in the same role for the 2018 season.

“Reggie Wayne brings so much – I mean trust me I’ve seen games with him. Owner Jim Irsay said in a preseason interview with “He’s so smart.”

Sounds a lot like the praise Irsay had for Saturday when he announced his hiring.

Another major criticism the Colts have faced given Saturday’s hiring is the fact that a minority candidate wasn’t even considered for the role. The Ringer’s NFL analyst Austin Gayle was one of the more vocal NFL insiders questioning why Wayne, a minority candidate and “former legend“ was out of the question for the interim role. On the Ringer’s Week 10 NFL Power Rankers podcast, Gayle asked why Wayne wasn’t the best choice since he had all the qualities that Irsay told the media as a candidate. Gayle suggested that hiring Wayne would do much to mitigate this initial criticism Irsay and the Colts faced.

Effects on the dressing room.

Aside from being a smart employee from a PR perspective, Wayne would be welcomed into the dressing room with open arms. In his first year as wide receivers coach, Wayne made great strides in building strong relationships with his players.

Top wide receiver for the Colts, Michael Pittman gushed Earlier this year told the media about his coach, explaining he’s “never had a coach” like Wayne.

One only has to watch the video Wayne posted on his Twitter account to see how strong his relationship with his players is.

There is no doubt that Reggie Wayne meets the criteria as the ideal candidate to be the Indianapolis Colts’ next head coach. Former team legend? Check. A minority candidate? Check. NFL experience? Check. Loved by the dressing room? A big check. And we know he’s interested. Already in November at the request of Zak Keefer of Athletics If he had accepted the interim job that was offered, Wayne would reply, “S*** yeah!” Should Reggie Wayne be the Colts’ next head coach?

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