Colts Lose Tight End Coach Tom Manning To Iowa State


Colts Lose Tight End Coach Tom Manning To Iowa State

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Colts Lose Tight End Coach Tom Manning To Iowa State

The Colts are having to replace another offensive assistant with tight ends coach Tom Manning deciding to return to the college game.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Make that now three assistant coach openings for Frank Reich this offseason, and all coming on the offensive side of the ball.


Tight ends coach Tom Manning is heading back to the place he came from, returning to be the offensive coordinator for Iowa State University.


Before joining Frank Reich’s staff in 2018, Manning had spent his entire coaching career in college, including the 2016 and 2017 campaigns at Iowa State as their OC and offensive line coach.


Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell did not fill Manning’s open OC post in 2018. With Campbell thought to be heading towards a bigger job very soon, Manning’s return could lead to a big promotion as well. reported that Manning turned down the Colts open offensive line position, before deciding to go back to Iowa State. Reich and the Colts fired offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo earlier this week.


Throughout the 2018 season, Reich often praised the job Manning did in a talented tight end room. Reich even singled out Manning for helping to recruit Eric Ebron to Indianapolis during free agency.


The Colts tight ends, led by Ebron, combined for 21 touchdowns this past season, eight more than any other team in the NFL.


Manning was key in the further development of Mo Alie-Cox late in the season, particularly with Jack Doyle on injured reserve. Manning’s offensive line background and college pedigree on that side of the ball brought some more innovation to areas the Colts needed to (and did) improve this past season.


Reich is now having to replace a pair of assistants (along with assistant offensive line coach Bobby Johnson, who took the offensive line coach position with the Buffalo Bills) who led probably the Colts’ top two position groups in 2018.


Granted, the cupboard is still stocked pretty well at both of those positions.


The tight end group has Ebron and Doyle under contract for one more season. Alie-Cox is returning again in 2019. The Colts also have Ryan Hewitt as an unrestricted free agent and Ross Travis as a restricted free agent this offsesaon.



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