Assistant hired, others shuffled

Jeff Hostler brought in from Buffalo Bills to coach wide receivers, Charlie Williams becomes running backs coach.

The Indianapolis Colts announced the hiring of Jim Hostler as wide receivers coach and some job title changes on the assistant coaching staff Friday.

Tim Berbenich has switched from offensive to defensive assistant, Hal Hunter joins Joe Gilbert as an offensive line coach after being assistant O-line coach for two seasons, Charlie Williams shifts to running backs coach from handling wide receivers and Brad White will be outside linebackers coach after a stint as assistant linebackers coach.

Hostler has 15 years NFL experience, serving as senior offensive assistant in Buffalo last season. Prior to that, he was Baltimore’s wide receivers coach from 2008 to 2013, so he’s being reunited with Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who was a Ravens assistant from 2008 to 2011.

Hostler, from Bethel Park, Pa., has also had NFL coaching stints with San Francisco, the New York Jets, New Orleans and Kansas City.

The removal of “assistant” from Hunter’s title gives the appearance that the Colts now have two offensive line coaches, which begs for an explanation at some point. Hunter has been on staff for two seasons.

O-line has been a focal point for much attention, considering the Colts’ struggles to provide consistent protection for quarterback Andrew Luck, who has been sacked 100 times in three seasons. The Colts used 11 different starting combinations last season, mostly due to injuries, which included right tackle Gosder Cherilus ending up on injured reserve near season’s end and left guard Donald Thomas missing the entire year.

Williams replaces David Walker, who was not retained, and has been wide receivers coach the previous three seasons. In six seasons of his college career, Williams coached running backs at New Mexico State and TCU.

White has been on the coaching staff for three years and Berbenich has been with the Colts for two.

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