For 49ers fans news of the Colts hiring a new head coach is not on our radar. Specials teams/assistant coach Brad Seely was to interview on Wednesday for the Colts vacant head coaching job, however, with the team hiring Chuck Pagano, we have reason to cheer. With only one head coaching vacancy left in the NFL, Tampa Bay, it looks as if Seely will be back with the 49ers next season.
Seely is a two-time NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year and he put his mark on the 49ers special teams unit this season. We all know how awesome the ST unit did this season, minus the final game of the season, by making big plays, leading the NFL in starting field position (33.5) and opponents starting field position (24.3). Punter Andy Lee set an NFL record for net average and kicker David Akers made a record 44 field goals and scored 166 points. Both will be playing in the Pro Bowl this weekend with long-snapper Brian Jennings. The experience Seely brings to the 49ers is invaluable and having him back next season will help the team get back to the playoffs.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman interviewed for the Penn State coaching job but did not get the job. The Colts said they wanted a head coach who was offensive minded. Pagano was the Ravens defensive coordinator in 2011. One would think Roman would also get an interview with his experience coaching Andrew Luck for two years when he was with Stanford. The Colts have the number one pick in the draft but with the team hiring a defensive minded coach, this might be an indication they won’t draft Luck and will stick with Peyton Manning.