Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Frank Reich will be new Colts head coach, source says

Frank Reich will be new Colts head coach, source says

"He's got the right demeanor", Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson said of Reich to the Chicago Sun Times. "I look forward to working with Frank to deliver a championship-caliber team to the city of Indianapolis".

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Indianapolis had announced that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels had agreed to take the job on February 6 and scheduled an introductory news conference for the next day. It's easy to see why the Colts quickly identified Reich as a top candidate. Garafolo reported the two sides agreed to a five-year deal (though, as we learned this week, nothing is completely official until a contract is signed). Implementing Reich's offensive system would likely eliminate many of these unnecessary hits and help to keep the Colts' best player on the field.

Reich also served as the San Diego Chargers' offensive coordinator for two seasons after initially being hired as the team's quarterbacks coach in 2013. First as an offensive coaching staff assistant and then as the quarterbacks coach way back in 2008.

This report only comes a few hours after ESPN reported Reich to be the heavy favorite to land the job.

Fortunately for Indianapolis, it didn't take too long before they found their man.

As Bills quarterback on January 3, 1993, he rallied Buffalo from a 35-3 hole to a 41-38 overtime victory against the Houston Oilers in a wild-card round game, the largest comeback in National Football League history. Numerous play calls were created to get the ball out of Foles' hands quickly in order to beat the pass rush, something that Andrew Luck would benefit from.

Reich's mission is to rebuild the confidence of Luck, who didn't play at all previous year due to shoulder surgery and has missed 26 of 48 games the past three seasons.

Ballard moved swiftly to make his hire after the McDaniels fiasco.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel.

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