Colts Officially Hire Frank Reich As Their Head Football Coach
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INDIANAPOLIS – Some 6 weeks after firing Chuck Pagano, the Indianapolis Colts finally have (officially) found their new head coach.
Frank Reich is the new head coach in Indianapolis, after the Colts were spurned by Josh McDaniels last Tuesday.
In Reich, the Colts have a first-time head coach who has spent the last 4 seasons as an offensive coordinator in Philadelphia and San Diego.
Reich is the 26th coach in franchise history. He’s the 1st career head coaching hire for GM Chris Ballard and the 7th head coach under Jim Irsay’s tenure as team owner.
The 56-year-old Reich is not unfamiliar to working at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.
After a 14-year playing career, mostly in Buffalo, where he led the biggest comeback in NFL history in a 1993 Wild Card game, Reich began his coaching tenure with Tony Dungy and the Colts.
With the Colts, Reich coached in Indy for 6 seasons, serving as Peyton Manning’s position coach in 2009-10 before sliding over to the receiver group in 2011.
Reich eventually moved on to stops with the Cardinals and Chargers. It was in San Diego where Reich became an offensive coordinator and called the plays for 2 seasons.
There’s no question Reich has helped develop quarterbacks on a variety of levels with the Chargers and Eagles, with Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz and Nick Foles serving as examples of just that.
But he was not the play caller in Philadelphia during their Super Bowl run.
“He’s got the right demeanor,” Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson said of Reich to the Chicago Sun Times. “He’s a players’ coach. He relates well to the players. He does a great job with the offensive staff, and he’s got the right demeanor.
“He’s got the mindset, the mentality, the leadership qualities that you see. I think it is a matter of time. Obviously, the more success you have as a team, a lot of places are going to look. And I was fortunate a couple of years ago to be in that position. I see Frank maybe one day having another opportunity.”
That opportunity is now here in Indianapolis after a chaotic and wild coaching search has finally ended.
Stay tuned to 1070Fan.com for more from Reich’s introductory press conference on Tuesday.
Reich’s Coaching Background
-2006-07: Indianapolis Colts Coaching Intern
-2008: Indianapolis Colts Offensive Coaching Assistant
-2009-10: Indianapolis Colts Quarterbacks Coach
-2011: Indianapolis Colts Wide Receivers Coach
-2012: Arizona Cardinals Wide Receivers Coach
-2013: San Diego Chargers Quarterbacks Coach
-2014-15: San Diego Chargers Offensive Coordinator
-2016-17: Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Coordinator
-2018: Indianapolis Colts Head Coach
Press conference for Frank Reich will come Tuesday.— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) February 11, 2018
He signed his contract earlier today. pic.twitter.com/Ol6492ds8a