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Tony Dungy, Peyton Manning, Doug Pederson Give Their Thoughts On Colts Hiring Frank Reich

What are people around the NFL saying about the Colts hiring Frank Reich to be their new head football coach?

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INDIANAPOLIS – Unlike a hiring of Josh McDaniels, you would be searching for quite some time to find a bad word echoed about Frank Reich.

Off the field, the Colts have definitely found the right man for the job.

Reich is extremely well respected through all types of NFL circles.

Here are a few of those people chiming in on the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts:


Former Colts head coach Tony Dungy, who originally hired Reich as a coaching intern back in 2006:Frank Reich was with me at the end of my tenure with the Colts. He has a creative offensive mind. He’s a great communicator and a high quality person. The Colts are in great hands. #Integrity


Former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who had a career-high completion percentage with Reich as his position coach in 2009: “Frank has got a lot of football knowledge. I really think at this point in my career (in 2009), being a veteran I like having somebody that has played longer than me, who has actually played the game and knows what is going on. He is a tireless worker. He is a grinder. He is a guy that is going to be over there late at night. He and I text each other all the time, ‘Hey check out the Buffalo game, play number 40. That is a look we might see.’ I like that. I like a guy that is constantly got football on his mind and thinking about helping me. I am grateful for that kind of effort. I lean on Frank. I ask him a lot of questions and he is very comforting to me.”


Colts Owner Jim Irsay: “We are extremely excited to announce Frank Reich as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Frank has all the ingredients of a successful head coach: intelligence, innovation, character, organizational and leadership skills, and a commanding presence. He also has a stellar reputation, and his myriad of life experiences and the people he has worked with make him the perfect fit for us and our fans. I feel extremely fortunate and could not be more excited for Colts Nation and the future of our franchise.”


Colts General Manager Chris Ballard: “We are excited to have Frank Reich as our new head coach. Frank is a leader of men who will demand excellence from our players on and off the field. I look forward to working with Frank to deliver a championship-caliber team to the city of Indianapolis.”


Eagles head coach Doug Pedersen, who had Reich as an offensive coordinator the last 2 seasons: "Frank is a tremendous coach and very deserving of this opportunity. He was a valuable member of our staff and we have all benefited from working with him over the last two years. As good as he is as a leader and teacher, he's an even better person. We could not be more excited for him as he takes this next step in his career and we wish him and his family all the best."


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