September 18, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans celebrates during the third quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Colts request interviews with DeMeco Ryans, 2 others

The Indianapolis Colts expanded their already large list of candidates for their head coaching job, requesting interviews with three more NFL assistants on Monday, per multiple reports.

On their wish list for interviews are both of the New York Giants coordinators — Mike Kafka (offensive) and Wink Martindale (defensive) — along with San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans.

Indianapolis is the first team to seek an interview with Martindale. The Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans are interested in Kafka, and the Texans, Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals have set interviews with Ryans.

In all, the Colts have 11 candidates for the job, including interim head coach Jeff Saturday and seven other NFL assistants.

Martindale, 59, is in his first season as defensive coordinator for the Giants, who upset the Minnesota Vikings 31-24 on Sunday to move on to the NFC divisional round of the playoffs. He previously held the same position with the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos, among his many stops in a coaching career that started in 1986.

Kafka, 35, joined new coach Brian Daboll’s staff this season in New York after five seasons under coach Andy Reid in Kansas City, where he was Patrick Mahomes’ quarterbacks coach and then the Chiefs passing game coordinator in 2021.

Kafka does not intend to interview for any jobs this week, according to multiple reports. Instead, he will focus on preparing the game plan for the Giants’ clash with the Philadelphia Eagles, the No. 1 seed, this weekend.

Ryans, 38, has spent the past two seasons as San Francisco’s defensive coordinator. A former NFL linebacker, he joined the 49ers in 2017 working on defensive quality control, then was the inside linebackers coach for three seasons.

The 49ers surrendered just 277 points in the regular season — best in the NFL.

–Field Level Media

New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, left, on the field for warmups before a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 21, 2022, in East Rutherford.

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Brian Daboll: Giants OC will call plays to start season

New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll announced Monday that offensive coordinator Mike Kafka will call the plays in Week 1.

Kafka called plays during the preseason.

Daboll has been a longtime offensive coordinator for several teams, including the last four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, and had left the door open on who would handle those duties.

Daboll also told reporters that outside linebackers Azeez Ojulari (calf) and Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee) are “day-to-day.” Thibodeaux is not expected to play after suffering an MCL injury in the preseason.

The Giants open the season Sunday against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.

–Field Level Media

Sep 16, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka (L) talks with quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Chiefs won 42-37. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Giants set to hire Chiefs assistant Mike Kafka as OC

The New York Giants are set to hire Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Mike Kafka as their offensive coordinator, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

Kafka joined the Chiefs as an offensive quality control coach in 2017 and helped to mentor then-rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2018 and added the title of passing game coordinator in 2020.

New Giants head coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen have committed to Daniel Jones at quarterback in 2022, and they undoubtedly would hope that Kafka’s offense and tutelage could help Jones to reach his potential.

Kafka, 34, is a former quarterback who was a fourth-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2010 NFL Draft. He appeared in just four NFL games in a reserve role in his career.

–Field Level Media