INDIANAPOLIS – It didn't take long for Gene Huey to receive another NFL coaching opportunity.
Whether he will accept remains to be seen.
Huey, after being fired this past Friday after 19 seasons as Indianapolis Colts running backs coach, has been offered the same position with the Minnesota Vikings, Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star is reporting.
Leslie Frazier, the Vikings' head coach, worked with Huey in Indianapolis in 2005-2006, seasons in which the Colts won 14 and 12 games and won the Super Bowl following the '06 season.
Of the firing, Huey said, "I was surprised."
Huey coached more regular-season games, 304, than any assistant coach in Colts history. He coached not only Edgerrin James, the Colts' all-time leading rusher, but Pro Bowl selections Marshall Faulk – a Hall of Fame finalist this year – Joseph Addai. James, Faulk and Addai played in a total of eight Pro Bowls playing for Huey.
“I think people can look at what I've done here," Huey said. "I feel like I've contributed and the people I've coached and been responsible for have produced.”
The Star reported that Huey, 63, is deciding whether to considering Vikings' offer, or to retire early and remain in Indianapolis.
"Decisions are made and I respect the decision (Colts coach) Jim (Caldwell) made," Huey said. "I can't be thankful enough to (club owner) Jim Irsay for keeping me here through three head coaches. I'm forever indebted because he enabled me to raise my family in one town with one job."