Colts finalizing deal for Frank Reich as new head coach

Frank Reich

He was promoted to quarterbacks coach for the 2009-10 seasons and then was the wide receivers coach in 2011. They've reportedly landed on another Super Bowl OC.

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's Eagles of course won the Super Bowl LII over McDaniels' Patriots.

After McDaniels' reversal, general manager Chris Ballard launched a second search that included interviews with New Orleans' assistant Dan Campbell, Reich and Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. He also had coaching stints with the Cardinals and Chargers before joining the Eagles in 2016.

Reich began his coaching career in Indianapolis, where he spent six seasons, some of which closely working with QB Peyton Manning. "Frank has all the ingredients of a successful head coach: intelligence, innovation, character, organizational and leadership skills, and a commanding presence".

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The Colts can not repeat the embarrassment of unpredictability they experienced with their pursuit of McDaniels. He just needs to find the man to coach them. He is known as a devout Christian, and he has worked as a motivational speaker and is an ordained minister. The Colts seemingly wanted an offensive-minded coach when they were attempting to hire Josh McDaniels. The two would meet for more than an hour on the night before games and go over the play sheet. As a college player, he led Maryland back from a 31-0 deficit to beat Miami 42-40 in 1984. He played quarterback in the National Football League from 1985 to 1998.

Reich could be the flawless head coach to best understand how to use Andrew Luck.

"As the role of offensive coordinator, that's what you do: you coordinate", Reich said.

Reich wasn't the Colts' first choice.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel.

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