It’d be nice if new Indianapolis Colts head coach Shane Steichen could just leave the NY Giants alone. Already this offseason, Steichen took running backs coach DeAndre Smith away from Brian Daboll and the G-Men. Since then, former Carolina Panthers assistant head coach Jeff Nixon has been hired to take that same role working under Daboll.
Now, though, Coach Dabes is going to have to find a new assistant offensive line coach to help out Bobby Johnson. That’s because it was reported on Monday by insider Art Stapleton that Steichen has hired Tony Sparano Jr. to be his next o-line coach over in Indy.
Colts hire Tony Sparano Jr. to be their new offensive line coach
Sparano has plenty of coaching experience, as he was on the Jaguars staff from 2017-20 and with the Carolina Panthers in 2021 before joining Daboll and Co. in East Rutherford last season. While the offensive line was quite inconsistent for Big Blue this past campaign, we did see Andrew Thomas become an All-Pro left tackle right in front of our eyes.
As Stapleton noted, Sparano and Johnson worked well together during their lone season with NY this past fall and winter. Now, Sparano will be ready to run how own unit in the AFC South with the Colts. While this isn’t a back-breaking loss for Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen, it’s starting to get annoying that a former Eagles is sticking it to the Giants like this.
Steichen was the Philly offensive coordinator before taking the leap to become the new Colts head man. Now, he’s got former Giants assistants in Smith and now Sparano on his staff. Come next offseason, this dude better stay way from all the NYG coaches. We don’t want to see any more of them head to Indy in the future.