Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Colts Hire Eagles OC Frank Reich As Head Coach

Colts Hire Eagles OC Frank Reich As Head Coach

Reich was with the Colts mostly as an offensive assistant from 2006-11.

"We are extremely excited to announce Frank Reich as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts", Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay said in a statement.

After McDaniels decided not to take the Colts job, Indianapolis' general manager Chris Ballard declared that their rivalry with the Patriots was "back on".

Reich's hire ends a whirlwind coaching search for the Colts after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels withdrew from an announced agreement become the team's head coach on Tuesday.

The Colts were reportedly interested in Seahawks' OC Darrell Bevell and Raiders' QB coach Jake Peetz as their offensive coordinators.

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The Colts don't plan to make an announcement until after a contract is fully executed with a new coach, according to ESPN. "I feel extremely fortunate and could not be more excited for Colts Nation and the future of our franchise". Moreover, Reich - who has limited play-calling experience after being a coordinator under Pederson and Mike McCoy - wasn't a part of Ballard's first round of interviewees.

While unorthodox, a portion of Reich's staff already is in place. This is Reich's first head coaching gig in the NFL.

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. He rose quickly through the ranks and helped mastermind the Eagles' Super Bowl victory last week over New England.

As a player, Reich appeared in 118 games, 20 as a starter. In the final game of the 1992 regular season, with Reich serving as the backup for Jim Kelly at the time, Reich was required to finish a game against the Houston Oilers when Kelly endured strained ligaments in his knee; during a rematch game, Reich led the Bills to the largest comeback in National Football League history. The Bills won 41-38 in overtime after trailing 35-3.

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