After Josh McDaniels turned down the opportunity to be the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts in favor of staying with the New England Patriots, the Colts moved swiftly and got former Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich to take the job. According to reports, Reich will receive a five-year contract. This time, there won’t be backing down, since the Colts made the announcement after Frank Reich signed the contract.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) February 11, 2018
“We are extremely excited to announce Frank Reich as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts,” – said Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay said in a statement. “Frank has all the ingredients of a successful head coach: intelligence, innovation, character, organizational and leadership skills and a commanding presence. He also has a stellar reputation, and his myriad of life experiences and the people he has worked with make him the perfect fit for us and our fans. I feel extremely fortunate and could not be more excited for Colts Nation and the future of our franchise.“
Indianapolis Colts were the first of six teams to fire their coach at the end of the regular season, but the last one to actually sign one. Team’s search for Chuck Pagano’s successor had its ups and downs, with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels agreed to the job mid-January. The Colts already announced the hiring of McDaniels and arranged a press conference. The day before the press conference, however, McDaniels informed the Colts that he will be staying with the Patriots. All the previous candidates, besides McDaniels, already took jobs elsewhere, so the team had to start all over again. They interviewed the New Orleans Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell and Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, but Frank Reich ended up getting the job.
Highlights of Reich’s career include serving as quarterbacks coach for Peyton Manning in 2009 and 2010, as well as being OC and QB coach with the San Diego Chargers.