Frank Reich On Andrew Luck: "He's The Best"
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INDIANAPOLIS – The interview was nearing an end, almost 10 hours after it had started.
And the topic that virtually every Colts’ fan is dying to know had not been brought up yet by Frank Reich.
So, Chris Ballard felt the need to inform his new head coach about the status of Andrew Luck.
“To be honest, Frank never asked about (Luck),” Ballard revealed on Tuesday. “I had to volunteer it at the end.
"I said, ‘Okay, let me give you an update on where we’re at.’”
The update is no different than last Wednesday, but the way Reich went about the Luck topic is also a glimpse into the type of coach that the Colts now have.
“Very confident man that he can get it done (no matter the quarterback situation),” is how Ballard describes Reich. “He just did it with Nick (Foles). They lose their franchise quarterback and they didn’t miss a beat.
“That shows me a man that is very confident in his ability to develop and coach the quarterback position and an offense that can move with whoever is under center.”
Luck and Reich have met on a couple of occasions.
The extent of their conversations hasn’t been much, but Reich certainly has observed and heard enough about No. 12 to know the type of (healthy) player waiting in Indy.
“I can tell you as a former quarterback and coach, I’ve had the greatest admiration for (Luck) as a player,” Reich says. “I think to have such a supremely talented player and such strong character and great humility, and such a team-first guy is rare. And I couldn’t be happier.”
Like Ballard, Reich is very much on the team-mindset that is certainly necessarily.
Reich watched first-hand the Eagles overcome the loss of their MVP-caliber quarterback, their All-Pro left tackle and a couple of other key contributors to win Super Bowl LII
“The key to making Andrew Luck magical is this is a team game,” Reich said on Tuesday. “As great as he is – and I believe he’s the best – this game, the reason that we all love this game, I just came off a team where were we lost our franchise quarterback and still won the Super Bowl.
“So I know Andrew embraces it. This game isn’t built on any one player. He is magical. He is special. He has unique traits and abilities that I respect as much as anybody. I can’t wait to work with him. But if we’re going to win a Super Bowl – and that’s a plan – it’s going to be about surrounding our whole team, and about how we’re going to bring about the best in each other.”