Hopefully, this won’t get undone within eight hours like last time!
The Indianapolis Colts had to abort some of their plans last week when New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels backed out of the announced plan to hire him as head coach. After a few days to restart the search, the team has found someone else to replace the fired Chuck Pagano.
In fact, they went after the OTHER offensive coordinator that coached in this year’s Super Bowl.
The team has announced the hiring of Philadelphia Eagles OC Frank Reich to their vacant head coaching position. Rest assured, he’s actually signed a contract, so he can’t reverse his decision as easily as McDaniels did.
Reich wasn’t in charge of the playcalling in Philly (head coach Doug Pederson held that duty), but he was still instrumental in designing the schemes for the Eagles offense this season. His work paid off, as the unit ranked seventh in the league in total offense.
Known as a player’s coach, Reich played in a backup quarterback role for the majority of his playing career, but he entered NFL history by leading the Buffalo Bills on a record-breaking comeback during a playoff game against the Houston Oilers in 1993.
Unlike other former players who enter coaching, Reich didn’t transition right away after retiring in 1998. He joined the Colts as an offensive assistant during Tony Dungy‘s final season as head coach in 2008, going to quarterbacks coach once Jim Caldwell took over the following year and switching to wide receivers coach in 2011.
When Caldwell was fired, Reich joined Ken Whisenhunt‘s staff with the Arizona Cardinals in 2012 as the WRs coach, following him to the San Diego Chargers a year later after the former was fired. When Whisenhunt left to become the OC of the Tennessee Titans, Reich earned a promotion to the vacant OC slot in San Diego for two seasons before he was fired after two years. Pederson hired him soon afterward.
Reich may not have the accolades of his peers (or McDaniels for that matter), but he’s down-to-Earth and could very well be a calming presence for a young Colts team, especially with how badly management handled McDaniels burning them. Still, improving the roster will be a long-term project.