After the Josh McDaniels fiasco, the Indianapolis Colts finally found a new head coach, hiring Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, the NFL Network reported Sunday.
Reich, 56, was expected to fly to Indianapolis on Sunday night to seal a reported five-year deal. He reportedly met with Colts general manager Chris Ballard on Friday.
The NFL Network was the first to report on the Reich deal. According to the NFL Network, the Colts are hoping Reich can bring out the best in quarterback Andrew Luck.
Reich’s coaching career actually began with the Colts in 2006 when he was hired as an intern before being promoted to offensive assistant and later quarterbacks coach. Working with Peyton Manning, he helped the soon-to-be Hall of Famer pass for more than 9,200 combined yards over the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He worked as Indy’s wide receivers coach in 2011 after Manning missed the season because of injury.
The Colts are hoping Reich’s success with Manning, Rivers, Wentz and Foles will carry over to Andrew Luck, who missed the entire 2017 season due to a nagging shoulder injury — a development that contributed to the team’s 4-12 season and coach Chuck Pagano’s firing. The Colts‘ brain trust will be leaning hard on Reich to ensure the former No. 1 overall draft pick will rediscover his form in 2018. Getting the most out of Luck will be critical for a team eager to erase its three-year playoff drought.
NJ.com reported on how this will have a major impact on the Eagles’ coaching staff a week after their Super Bowl victory.
Reich makes a ton of sense for the Colts, who already have a quarterback in place and need an offensive minded head coach to come in and save their franchise player. Reich has done an excellent job with the Eagles and the appeal of hiring the Super-Bowl-winning coordinator would be an easy sell for the Colts.