Tuesday, February 14, 2012
A look at final pieces of Colts' staff
By Paul Kuharsky
The Colts announced they’ve completed forming their coaching staff.
“We’ve assembled a group of coaches full of experience and success at all levels of football, who possess strong character and leadership traits,” coach Chuck Pagano said in the team’s news release. “I’m excited to embark on the 2012 campaign with a tremendous group of men as we work to achieve our ultimate goal.”
All five of the new position coaches have NFL experience, though three of them come to Pagano’s staff out of the college ranks.
Clyde Christensen, retained from Jim Caldwell’s staff, will be quarterbacks coach.
We can't know too much about these guys out of the gate, though we seek reviews from guys who played for them. After the initial roster assembles to spent time with Pagano, his coordinators and the entire staff, we'll begin to get a much beter sense.
A bit on the background of each of the newcomers from the team:
Defensive line coach Gary Emanuel spent last season as the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Purdue. From 2005-06, Emanuel coached the defensive line for the San Francisco 49ers. He made a one-year stop at San Jose State (2007) prior to joining the Rutgers coaching staff as the defensive line coach from 2008-09. Emanuel’s experience also includes an earlier stint at Purdue and time at Washington State, Syracuse, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, West Chester and Plymouth State.
Linebacker coach Jeff Fitzgerald has 18 years of NFL coaching experience, the last four as the linebackers coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. He directed Baltimore’s linebackers from 2004-07 and in 2006 became only the second linebackers coach in NFL history to have four of his players named to the Pro Bowl in the same season (Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, Terrell Suggs and Adalius Thomas). He’s also worked in Arizona, Washington and Tampa Bay.
Secondary coach Mike Gillhamer holds over 30 years of coaching experience, 11 of which coming in the NFL. As the secondary coach for the Illinois last season, he assisted a unit that ranked in the top 10 nationally in total defense and pass defense. He was the safeties coach for seven seasons (2004-10) with the Carolina Panthers and coached running backs for the NFC Champion Giants in 1997.
Tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts has 13 years of coaching experience, nine of which have been spent in the NFL. He was most recently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has also coached tight ends for Cleveland and Jacksonville. He played at the University of Miami and for the Chiefs and Cowboys, winning two Super Bowls with Dallas.
Receivers coach Charlie Williams spent the previous five seasons at UNC as receivers coach. He developed Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Tate, Brooks Foster and Dwight Jones. Nicks finished his three-year Carolina career with 14 school records, including single-season receiving yardage. He’s also worked for Tampa Bay and seven college programs.
Assistant offensive line coach Joe Gilbert spent the last three seasons at Illinois serving as the school’s offensive line coach while adding assistant head coaching responsibilities from 2010-11. His coaching experience includes seven different college stops, including as head coach at Mansfield in 2000.
Assistant special teams coach Brant Boyer enters his first season as an assistant coach following a 10-year NFL playing career as a linebacker with the Miami Dolphins (1994), Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-2000) and Cleveland Browns (2001-03). He competed in 129 career games and totaled 13.0 sacks, six interceptions, one forced fumble and 15 passes defensed.
Offensive quality control coach Frank Giufre joins the Colts from the Maine where he spent the last five seasons as the run game coordinator, offensive line coach and tight ends coach.
Defensive quality control coach Brad White spent the last two seasons at Air Force coaching linebackers and has been on staffs at Murray State and Wake Forest.