Eagles OC Frank Reich agrees to deal to be Colts' coach

Tricia Pearson
February 12, 2018

Last week, the Colts officially announced that they had hired Josh McDaniels, only to have McDaniels back out and decide to remain the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

Reich was a former Colts' QB coach and was instrumental in the development of Peyton Manning.

The Indianapolis Colts have hired Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich as their new head coach. Lest we forget, it was only two years ago that many of us were debating whether Reich's old boss and the newest Super Bowl-winning head coach, Doug Pederson, was ready.

If Reich does leave, the Eagles will be replacing a pair of key members of their offensive coaching staff. Quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo left to become the Vikings offensive coordinator last week. He has been an offensive coordinator ever since (two years with the Chargers, two years with the Eagles).

Reich is also a sharp offensive mind who has helped bring out Wentz's and some of Rivers' best work in recent years, an obvious selling point as he prepares to try and rebuild Luck's career. He worked as Indy's wide receivers coach in 2011 after Manning missed the season because of injury.

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Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was also interviewed for the Colts' vacancy. He actually got his start in coaching with the Colts. Reich, as Pederson's latest right-hand man, is the right man for the task. Reich played for the Terps in the early 1980s, mostly as a backup.

Reich can draw on his experiences as a former quarterback both in dealing with quarterback issues and in play calling. Reich led the Bills back from a 35-3 deficit for a 41-38 win.

The other challenge for Reich will involve his coaching staff.

After being one of the best-ever backup QBs for the Bills behind Jim Kelly, Reich has built his second National Football League career in his own right.

Reich wasn't the Colts' first choice.

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