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Frank Reich The Favorite For Colts Head Coach Job

Less than a week after Josh McDaniels turned his back on the Colts, a favorite has emerged for Chris Ballard and Jim Irsay.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts appear to be on the verge of having a new head football coach.


Frank Reich has emerged as the favorite for the ever-lasting opening in Indianapolis, per ESPN.

After interviewing with the Colts on Friday, the former assistant under Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell looks to be returning to Indianapolis in a far grander role.

Do not expect anything official from the Colts until the ink is nice and dry on the contract with Reich, after how last Tuesday’s events unfolded with Josh McDaniels.

With the Colts in Atlanta on Monday for Edwin Jackson’s funeral, the next step with Reich (a signed contract/press conference) might not come for a couple of days.

Per ESPN, the Friday interview with Reich lasted about 10 hours with Chris Ballard also receiving strong recommendations from the likes of Dungy and Bill Polian, who was the GM in Buffalo when Reich was a player.

In Reich, the Colts would be satisfying the offensive mind that they need with defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus already in place.

Reich is the definite fan favorite right now, as well, after helping the Eagles beat the Patriots in last Sunday’s Super Bowl.

As a player and a coach, Reich has had 25 seasons in the NFL. He spent 6 of those with the Colts (from 2006-11) serving as a quarterbacks and wide receivers coach.

Next up were stints with the Cardinals and Chargers as a position coach. Reich then became San Diego’s offensive coordinator from 2014-15. Reich helped quarterback Philip Rivers to a pair of impressive seasons as the team’s OC.

After San Diego, where Reich did call the plays, he moved on to the Eagles, where he’s been the offensive coordinator each of the last 2 seasons.

There’s no question Reich has helped develop quarterbacks on a variety of levels with the Chargers and Eagles.

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.”

Besides, Reich, the Colts also interviewed New Orleans assistant Dan Campbell (Thursday) and Buffalo defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier (Saturday).


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