Former Bills QB Frank Reich to become Colts head coach
Feb 12 2018
McDaniels then called Colts general manager Chris Ballard later that evening and reneged on the agreement, saying he chose to stay with New England. "I look forward to working with Frank to deliver a championship-caliber team to the city of Indianapolis".
Reich has the challenge of coaching quarterback Andrew Luck, who missed the entire 2017 season due to a nagging shoulder injury, back to his form before the injury. Reich was with the Colts mostly as an offensive assistant from 2006-11. He reportedly met with Colts general manager Chris Ballard on Friday. From 2008-11, Reich cut his National Football League coaching teeth with the Colts, first as an offensive assistant (2008), then as Peyton Manning's quarterback coach (2009-10) and finally working with wide receivers in 2011, when Manning missed the season to undergo neck surgery and the Colts' 2-14 mark positioned them to select Andrew Luck with the first overall pick the following spring. He was part of the Colts' run to the Super Bowl in 2009, leaving when Caldwell was sacked after the 2011 season.
Reich has spent the past two seasons as the Eagles offensive coordinator and helped lead them to their first Super Bowl title last Sunday. He left to become the wide receivers coach for the Arizona Cardinals for one year and in 2013 was hired by the Chargers as their quarterbacks coach before becoming the team's offensive coordinator the following year. He just needs to find the man to coach them.
Reich can draw on his experiences as a former quarterback both in dealing with quarterback issues and in play calling. Reich helped quarterback Philip Rivers to a pair of impressive seasons as the team's OC. On Nov. 10, 1984, he came off the bench to rally Maryland from a 31-0 deficit against Miami to a 42-40 victory in what was then the biggest comeback in NCAA history.
Reich could be the ideal head coach to best understand how to use Andrew Luck. Could he be the right choice?