The Indianapolis Colts head coaching search has finally come to an end and for good this time.
Former Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich is now the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He has agreed to a 5-year contract.
Quite frankly, this move surprises me none and is the absolute right move for the franchise if they plan on resurrecting the career of Andrew Luck and getting back to the postseason.
Colts general manager Chris Ballard moved quickly after the McDaniels ordeal. He interviewed Frank Reich, New Orleans Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell, and Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier in a three-day span.
At this point in time, I look at Josh McDaniels backing out of the job as a blessing in disguise for the Colts. Even though he is an astounding coordinator and Tom Brady loves him, he was the more mature coach and has been a huge help everywhere that he’s been.
Reich was a late arrival into the NFL coaching world. He didn’t start coaching until a decade after he retired from his 14-year NFL playing career in 2008 as an assitant with the Colts. Afterwards, he also served as a wide receivers coach with the Arizona Cardinals and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with the San Diego Chargers in 2014-15.
Nonetheless, he has been around the NFL since 1985 and is a profound student of the game. He’s also the guy that loves to mentor and develop players as we all saw transpire last year in Carson Wentz’s almost MVP campaign. Not to mention his work in the postseason with backup Nick Foles.
Andrew Luck will love him and will be willing to work with a guy like Reich in an attempt to save his once very promising career.
The Colts have $85 million in cap space and the No. 3 pick in the draft. Of course, the key for the Colts will be the health of their franchise quarterback, nonetheless. Andrew Luck missed last season after having right shoulder surgery in January 2017. Luck is currently in working with a throwing expert out in Southern Cal.
Another interesting fact about this hire. Frank Reich is the first Super Bowl-winning offensive coordinator to be hired as a head coach the following year since Mike Shanahan left the San Francisco 49ers for the Denver Broncos in 1995 following Super Bowl XXIX.
Overall, this hiring gives light to a fan base that had it pretty rough last year and could use a break. Things will only get better in Indy. Maybe a lot sooner than you think, too. Stay tuned.