Landing Reich after such an accomplishment is notable for the Colts after the McDaniels drama. Until he's on the job, dealing with all that goes into it, it's impossible to say with certainty. Reich began his coaching career in Indianapolis, where he served as a coaching intern from 2006-08.
Muted enthusiasm is the way to go with the Colts this time around.
He's the Colts' choice after an expedited second search commenced following Josh McDaniels' decision to back out on Tuesday night. It might end up a great deal in the end. The team announced it was "surprised and disappointed" when McDaniels told the Colts he was staying with the Patriots "after agreeing to contract terms" with Indianapolis.
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"We are excited to have Frank Reich as our new head coach", Ballard said in a released statement. "I look forward to working with Frank to deliver a championship-caliber team to the city of Indianapolis". Lest we forget, it was only two years ago that many of us were debating whether Reich's old boss and the newest Super Bowl-winning head coach, Doug Pederson, was ready. Pairing Reich with Andrew Luck could make for a risky combination, leading the offense to return to its previous level of success. Reich was Peyton Manning's quarterbacks coach in 2009 and '10 before coaching Reggie Wayne and the rest of the receivers in 2011. How's that for strong ties to the glory years?
Reich actually started his coaching career with the Colts in 2006 as an intern after a long career in the National Football League as a backup QB.
The move seems like a smart one for the Colts as they will still get the Super Bowl caliber OC they seemed to be seeking. He also had coaching stints with the Cardinals and Chargers before joining the Eagles in 2016.