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Colts interview Wink Martindale, who's been waiting for head coach shot

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1/23/2023 5:56:18 PM
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Wink Martindale has been doing this a long time, and he hasn’t shy about his belief that he’s ready to be a head coach.

Been ready for a while, in his estimation.

Martindale has come close before. The long-time defensive coordinator interviewed for the Giants head coaching job three years ago, and by all accounts, New York’s brass considered Martindale to be a strong, viable candidate before going with Joe Judge, a decision that didn’t exactly work out for New York.

Getting close again hasn’t been easy for Martindale, who interviewed with the Colts on Sunday as the 13th candidate in a wide-ranging Indianapolis coaching search that has touched on candidates from just about every background, Joel Erickson of the Indianapolis Star reports.

“I think it’s harder to get a head coaching job in this league than being in the Senate,” Martindale told reporters in New York this week.

“I think it’s harder to get a head coaching job in this league than being in the Senate,” Martindale told reporters in New York this week.

Martindale believes he had the necessary experience to be a head coach even before he was promoted into the coordinator’s job.

“Probably eight years,” Martindale told the New York Post when he was asked earlier this year how long he’d been ready to be a head coach. “The last eight years.”

Despite Martindale’s close call with the Giants, he hasn’t been one of the hot names on the market. The Colts are his only interview so far among the five coaching openings.

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