The Indianapolis Colts will have at least six new assistant coaches next season.
The team announced Wednesday it had “parted ways” with defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, safeties coach Roy Anderson, secondary coach Mike Gillhamer, head strength and conditioning coach Roger Marandino, tight ends coach Alredo Roberts and running backs coach Charlie Williams.
All had been on head coach Chuck Pagano’s staff since his 2012 hiring. Anderson had also coached with Pagano in Baltimore from 2008 to 2011. Williams had been receivers coach for three years before switching to running backs last season.
“We are grateful for the contributions these coaches have made to the Colts during their time here,” Pagano said in a team statement. “Obviously these days are never easy. We wish all of these men the best in their future endeavors.”
Pagano received a four-year contract extension Monday, but the team evidently decided changes needed to be made after an 8-8 season fell short of expectations. The Colts missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Manusky’s departure had been reported a day earlier. The Colts’ defense ranked in the bottom third in eight key categories last season, including 26th in total yards allowed and 25th in points allowed.
On Tuesday, the Colts also announced the signing of six players to reserve/future contracts: offensive tackle Pierce Burton, offensive guard Ben Heenan, inside linebacker Edwin Jackson, offensive guard Kitt O’Brien, safety Dezmen Southward and wide receiver Josh Stangby. All finished last season on the practice squad.
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