Colts make it official, hire Frank Reich as new head coach


Colts make it official, hire Frank Reich as new head coach

"Frank has all the ingredients of a successful head coach: intelligence, innovation, character, organizational and leadership skills, and a commanding presence. I look forward to working with Frank to deliver a championship-caliber team to the city of Indianapolis". Philly had already lost their quarterbacks coach, John DeFilippo, to the Minnesota Vikings.

Getting an offensive mind as strong as Reich should be huge for the Colts.

Reich, 56, emerged as the favorite for the job after meeting with Colts general manager Chris Ballard on Friday.

Reich, who has more than a quarter-century of National Football League experience as a player and coach, was hired by Eagles coach Doug Pederson in 2016 to run his offense. Reich was previously an offensive assistant for the Colts from 2008 through 2011. Implementing Reich's offensive system would likely eliminate many of these unnecessary hits and help to keep the Colts' best player on the field.

Presumably, Reich shares Pederson's predilection for risk-taking in play calling, which would be a welcome change to the Pagano era in Indianapolis. DeFilippo did a marvelous job with all the quarterbacks, which is why the Eagles blocked him from becoming the Jets' offensive coordinator a year ago.

Reich was Arizona's wide receivers coach in 2012 and then spent three seasons with the former San Diego Chargers before joining coach Doug Pederson's staff with the Eagles in 2016. They've reportedly landed on another Super Bowl OC. His greatest game was the 1992 AFC Wild Card game, where he quarterbacked the Bills to victory after overcoming a 35-3 deficit to win 41-38 in overtime. Reich helped quarterback Philip Rivers to a pair of impressive seasons as the team's OC.

If what Reich did with Nick Foles is any indication, Andrew Luck should benefit significantly from this hire.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel.



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