Colts make it official, hire Frank Reich as new head coach
Colts make it official, hire Frank Reich as new head coach
Report | Frank Reich becomes frontrunner to land Colts job
12 February, 2018, 02:08
The move ends a search that spanned 41 days, included two coaching announcements and the embarrassment of McDaniels changing his mind Tuesday night just eight hours after telling the Colts he'd take the job. He later worked for the San Diego Chargers in 2013, rising to the position of offensive coordinator.
Reich, then, has familiarity with the Colts organization, which perhaps was considered a positive since McDaniels ultimately never became comfortable enough to make the move.
The team on Sunday announced they have hired the Eagles offensive coordinator as Indianapolis' new head coach.
After McDaniels decided not to take the Colts job, Indianapolis' general manager Chris Ballard declared that their rivalry with the Patriots was "back on".
"We are extremely excited to announce Frank Reich as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts", Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay said in a statement. Payton and Pederson led their teams to Super Bowl titles.
Reich is the first Super Bowl-winning offensive coordinator to become head coach of a different team the following season since Mike Shanahan left San Francisco for Denver in 1995, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
But this wasn't just about sending a message. "I feel extremely fortunate and could not be more excited for Colts nation and the future of our franchise".
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Ballard interviewed the 56-year-old Reich on Friday, the day after Philadelphia held its victory celebration.
The Colts are coming off a 4-12 season and have missed the playoffs in each of the past three years.
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Indy also has a defense that improved throughout the season, the No. 3 overall draft pick in April, almost $80 million to spend in free agency and a promising backup quarterback in Jacoby Brissett, who started 15 games last season.
An offensive-minded coach appeared to be the direction Ballard was leaning to the more he talked and raved about defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus last week. All three agreed to join McDaniels' staff in Indy and have been promised by Ballard that they will remain on the staff.
Reich actually got his start in National Football League coaching with the Colts, where he started as an intern in 2006 and began to work his way up.
Reich started his coaching career with the Colts, first serving as an intern in 2006 and 2007, then becoming the team's offensive assistant from 2008-2011. The Chargers promoted him to offensive coordinator in 2014 where he stayed until joining the Eagles in 2016. His most famous performance came during the Bills' Wild Card Round matchup against the Houston Oilers Jan. 3, 1993, when Reich led Buffalo on a 38-3 run to overcome a 35-3 third quarter deficit to advance to the divisional round. And now he will be paired with the architect of the second-biggest playoff comeback in Andrew Luck. But most of Reich's playing career was spent as a backup. He didn't start coaching until a decade after he retired from his 14-year National Football League playing career.
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