July 15, 2024

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Indianapolis is hiring Alex Tanney as a passing game coordinator and Justin Hamilton as an assistant defensive backs coach, a league source told The Athletic late Tuesday night. The news of their hires comes on the heels of former University of Pittsburgh defensive line coach Charlie Partridge being hired in the same role for the Colts. Partridge replaced Nate Ollie, whose contract was not renewed by Indianapolis this offseason.

Tanney, who went undrafted out of Division III Monmouth College in 2012 and spent nine years in the NFL as a backup QB, was a member of the Eagles coaching staff for the last three seasons under head coach and former Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni. Tanney served as Philadelphia’s quarterbacks coach in 2023 and worked closely with star dual-threat QB Jalen Hurts. He’ll now work closely with Colts head coach Shane Steichen, who he spent two seasons with in Philadelphia, and 2023 No. 4 pick Anthony Richardson.

Unlike Tanney, Hamilton has just one year of NFL coaching experience. He made his NFL coaching debut last season when he was a defensive quality coach for the Titans. Prior to Tennessee, Hamilton coached for four years at his former program, Virginia Tech, where he was a defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2020 and 2021. Hamilton, a seventh-round draft pick by the Browns in 2006, replaces Mike Mitchell, whose contract was also not renewed by the Colts this offseason.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler was the first to report the news of Tanney’s hiring.

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