Colts' Frank Reich hire a luxury after messy coaching search

Doug Mendoza
February 12, 2018

Landing Reich after such an accomplishment is notable for the Colts after the McDaniels drama. Reich began his coaching career in Indianapolis.

Frank Reich will be the new head coach for the Indianapolis Colts, reports 24-Hour News 8's Anthony Calhoun.

Reich, 56, emerged as a candidate for the Colts' job after their original hire, New England offensive cooordinator Josh McDaniels, backed out and opted to stay with the Patriots. Moreover, Reich - who has limited play-calling experience after being a coordinator under Pederson and Mike McCoy - wasn't a part of Ballard's first round of interviewees. For a team that won the Super Bowl with a lot of key backups, Reich, with a playing background similar to that of Pederson, provided both motivation and inspiration.

After being spurned by Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, the Colts have their sights set on Reich to be their next head coach. Although Reich did not call plays himself in Philadelphia this season, he was vitally important to the team. Reich was Peyton Manning's quarterbacks coach in 2009 and '10 before coaching Reggie Wayne and the rest of the receivers in 2011. He was part of the Colts' run to the Super Bowl in 2009, leaving when Caldwell was sacked after the 2011 season.

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Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was also interviewed for the Colts' vacancy.

Reich was Arizona's wide receivers coach in 2012 and then spent three seasons with the former San Diego Chargers before joining coach Doug Pederson's staff with the Eagles in 2016. Multiple assistant coaches signed contracts thinking they would work under McDaniels. Reich led the Bills back from a 35-3 deficit for a 41-38 win.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

Ballard, in light of McDaniels' reversal, said "just because you're the first choice doesn't make you the right choice".

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