After Josh McDaniels turned the Colts' coaching search on its head, a Saints assistant has made it onto the list of possible replacements. 

The Colts are expected to request an interview with Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell for their head coaching vacancy, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

According to the NFL Network's Mike Garofalo, Campbell's candidacy has been pushed by legendary coach Bill Parcells. Campbell's interview is scheduled for Thursday, with other candidate interviews scheduled throughout the week. 

The sudden opening comes after McDaniels decided to stay with the Patriots as their offensive coordinator on Tuesday. McDaniels had already agreed to contract terms to become the next coach before backing out of the deal, according to a report from ESPN. 

The Colts went 4-12 this past season, which ended with the firing of coach Chuck Pagano after six seasons. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck missed the entire 2017 season. 


Campbell, who finished his playing career with the Saints in 2009, has served as an assistant head coach and tight ends coach in New Orleans since 2016. He has limited head coaching experience, serving as the interim leader of the Miami Dolphins after Joe Philbin was fired in 2015. He led the team to a 5-7 record. 

Campbell has also interviewed for the Minnesota Vikings' opening for an offensive coordinator. The Vikings were expected to make their decision public this week after the Super Bowl, but Minnesota has requested to interview Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.