The Indianapolis Colts’ offseason overhaul to the assistant coaching staff continued Thursday with the announcement of two hirings and another assistant not being retained.
Jim Herrmann, who has been in the NFL for a decade with the New York Jets and Giants, is the new linebackers coach. He had the same job in New York with the Jets (2006-08) and Giants (2009-15). He had spent the previous two decades at his college alma mater, Michigan, including nine years as defensive coordinator.
Darren Krein has become the head strength and conditioning coach after serving in the same role for the past five years with the Miami Dolphins. He’s been in the NFL 17 years. In 2013, he was named NFL Strength Coach of the Year. He had two stints in Seattle (1997-98 and 2001-09) as assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Klein, like Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, has ties to the University of Miami. He was a defensive end for four years (1989-93), two of those years when Chudzinski was on the Hurricanes coaching staff. Pagano is also a former Miami assistant. Klein was drafted in the fifth round by San Diego but knee injuries prevented him from playing in the NFL.
Offensive line coach Hal Hunter won’t be retained, which makes him the eighth assistant coach the team won’t bring back for 2016. He joins recently unemployed linebackers coach Jeff Fitzgerald, defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, safeties coach Roy Anderson, secondary coach Mike Gillhamer, head strength and conditioning coach Roger Marandino, tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts and running backs coach Charlie Williams.
Ted Monachino was hired last week as defensive coordinator after serving as Baltimore’s linebackers coach. Chudzinski was re-signed as offensive coordinator last week after serving in that capacity for the second half of last season.
Pagano received a four-year extension and general manager Ryan Grigson’s contract was extended three years last week. Since then, the Colts have been busy making continual changes to the staff.
The Colts finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the first time in Pagano’s four years as head coach.
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