Colts announce Frank Reich as head coach

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For the second time since Tuesday, the Colts have announced that they have hired a new head coach. This one presumably will show up for his introductory press conference.

Frank Reich, who was getting ready to coordinator the Philly offense exactly one week ago, has signed his contract to succeed Chuck Pagano — and undoubtedly won’t back out.

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

Reich formally will meet the media on Tuesday.

“We are excited to have Frank Reich as our new head coach,” said G.M. Chris Ballard. “Frank is a leader of men who will demand excellence from our players on and off the field. I look forward to working with Frank to deliver a championship-caliber team to the city of Indianapolis.”

The Colts had intended to hire Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, but McDaniels decided to stay in New England after verbally agreeing to terms. The Colts immediately mobilized, interviewing Reich, Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell, and Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

Reich, best known as a player for leading a miraculous comeback against the Oilers during Buffalo’s third straight Super Bowl run, now continues his coaching career where it began, 12 years ago as an intern hired by Hall of Famer Tony Dungy.

68 responses to “Colts announce Frank Reich as head coach

  1. Best of luck and success to him. He deserves a HC shot, he’s earned it.

    I can’t help but feel he’d have a choice of better teams to go to next year, though. Unless Luck is completely back in his original form – at the bare minimum – it looks like rough sledding ahead for this team, and a steep climb out of the division basement.

  2. well when you only have the bottom of the barrel to scrape this is what you get, sorry frank hope you know what your getting. this is not a career opgrade…………

  3. Eagles will be just fine. the Head Ball Coach is All that matters. Thats why We kept Jason and let all the others walk 😉
    The trophy is Back where it belongs. To the BEAST. Congrats again E A G L E S. See ya Twice next year top dogs!

  4. Colts fans, you got a stand up guy for a head coach.

    Congratulations, Frank and thanks for your hard work bringing the Birds a SB.

    The silver lining here for Eagles fans is that DP was calling the plays, anyway. In Doug we trust.

  5. Frank – Thanks for all your hard work and great results here in Philadelphia. Best of luck in Indianapolis.
    Now for my opinion-this is a tough situation. Half the staff was picked by somebody else, quarterback might be injured might not be injured. A shaky situation at best, I hoped Reich would get a better opportunity.

  6. Gotta imagine with McD back in New England, and if Brady comes back — They are going to have tom throwing Deep into the 4th quarter.
    A 50 point type game against Indy this year.

  7. I love seeing the bitter patriot noobs crying right now. They sure were laughing it up a week ago, now who is laughing? McDaniels leaving was the absolute best thing to ever happen to this franchise and you patriot clowns were laughing and celebrating it hahaha you should’ve hoped McDaniels came to Indianapolis, he would have destroyed the team. Now we have a real head coach and an extremely bright future ahead. Now we are laughing hahahaha

  8. calizcowboyz says:
    February 11, 2018 at 5:49 pm
    Eagles will be just fine. the Head Ball Coach is All that matters. Thats why We kept Jason and let all the others walk 😉
    The trophy is Back where it belongs. To the BEAST. Congrats again E A G L E S. See ya Twice next year top dogs!

    ___________________________________

    Lol,NFC East has become so irrelevant in recent decades that other team fans from the division are having to taste success vicariously through their sworn division opponents.

  9. Actually this is a great opportunity for Frank to rebuild this team. If (if) Luck who is still a young QB can make a come back, the #3 pick in the draft…plus 70 mill in cap room. This HC job is a good one.

  10. Patriot fans crying I love it. After it is all said and done, the Colts got the best coach after all and they can’t stand it hahahaha they know this is a grand slam hire and they can’t admit it. They gave up garopollo for nothing, and the guy who owned them in the Superbowl is now with the Colts, I live the bitterness in new england. They see the Reich dynasty beginning!

  11. We will see how this goes here in Indy. At a minimum he looks like a head coach, a guy you want to be led by where as McDaniels looks like somebody from junior high waiting to rat someone out for doing something wrong to make himself look better, a kid you would want to punch in the face, if you get what I’m sayin….

  12. Nobody was even talking Reich as HC 2 months ago (even a month ago). Teams didn’t even know anything about him. Now he’s the 2nd choice for HC.

  13. buttfumbles says:
    February 11, 2018 at 7:02 pm
    Frank seems like more of an adult than Josh

    ==========

    I agree. Also, Indy seems to have a much more dire need of them.

  14. Eagles season ticket holder here. I’d like to thank Frank Reich for everything he has done for the Eagles. I know that this team was a unique blend of quality players and coaches, and Frank was a big part of that. HIs job was under the microscope when Carson Wentz went down and Nick Foles stepped in. He and the other coaches did an amazing job. Anybody who witnessed Foles’ development over the last part of the season saw something miraculous–from a deer in headlights to an unstoppable Brady-beating machine. Thanks Frank, and good luck with the Colts. Fly Eagles Fly!

  15. The Colts Lucked out instead of hiring that fraud of a coach in McDaniels. See what I did there? This was a great hire. Hate to see him leave the Birds nest but that’s the price of greatness. All the faith in the world with Dougie P. Great hire Indy

  16. “The trophy is Back where it belongs. To the BEAST. Congrats again E A G L E S. See ya Twice next year top dogs!”

    Oh great… Gonna be a long year.

  17. Eagles fans are awesome and you already know Colt nation was behind you all the way in the Superbowl! This is awesome. Reich is the best hire out there and we appreciate it.

  18. Josh McDoodles backing out so late really hurt the Eagles. Had Reich been hired earlier they would’ve moved DeFillipo up to OC and he would’ve stayed, Now they have to find a new OC and QB coach which are critical to a QB’s development. I could see Duce Staley taking over at OC but not sure about QB coach.

  19. dallasdominates says:
    February 11, 2018 at 7:14 pm
    If he was the perfect fit for your organization then he would have been an initial candidate for the job

    BUT, whatever.
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    Doug Pederson wasn’t the Eagles’ top choice (MacAdoo was) but we dodged that bullet and Dougie P just outcoached Belichick in the SB.

    Then again Jeff Lurie isn’t as savvy as Jerry Jones, who always gets his top choice, Dont forget that, Jason Garret was JJ’s top choice for coach and he’s rididen that horse to how many playoff wins?

  20. Good luck to a good coach. Let’s hope he get’s a chance to coach Luck as the Colts don’t have enough talent to win consistently without him.

    Hopefully he doesn’t have to undergo the rumored second surgery.

  21. You mentioned the comeback win for the Bills over the Oilers, but in college he also led the Maryland Terrapins back from a 31-0 halftime deficit to beat the Miami Hurricanes.

  22. I wonder how pissed Tony Dungy is at Frank for screwing over the Eagles after already agreeing to be their coordinator next year.

  23. Nobody was even talking Reich as HC 2 months ago (even a month ago). Teams didn’t even know anything about him. Now he’s the 2nd choice for HC.
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    Frank has interviewed for a few head coaching positions in the past few years.

  24. Does no one here understand, that from an NFL coaches career point of view, being a HC on a bad NFL team is still much better than being the OC on one of the best? Not to mention the compensation is probably 5-10X what the salary of an OC is.

    Many on here act like its like for like, and its simply not.

  25. thermanmerman99 says:
    February 11, 2018 at 6:45 pm
    The Reich dynasty begins!

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    I don’t know if you noticed, but when candidates try NOT to take this job, there’s probably a good reason for that, no?

    Before the Colts dynasty discussion (that you’re clearly having only with yourself I hope) goes any further, how about the “one thing at a time” idea. Let’s maybe see if your quarterback can throw a few passes without his shoulder exploding first, and go from there?

    I actually want to see Luck come back. He’s a tough kid – good talent when healthy.

  26. atlantablewa28to3lead says:
    February 11, 2018 at 5:54 pm
    Better to hire the winning coordinator than the losing one, right?

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    Ouch….that was funny!

  27. nhpats says:
    February 11, 2018 at 10:01 pm
    I wonder if Frank Reich realizes that the Colts broke Andrew Luck and that he will be unlikely to ever play another down in the NFL

    That may be true, and I actually think you are right – although I also don’t think he was the Second Coming in any case, but I don’t think he ever comes back right. But I would rather be a HC with a draft choice than a coordinator. And he sure did well with Wentz. I’d personally take my chances.

  28. thermanmerman99 says:
    February 11, 2018 at 6:08 pm
    I love seeing the bitter patriot noobs crying right now. They sure were laughing it up a week ago, now who is laughing? McDaniels leaving was the absolute best thing to ever happen to this franchise and you patriot clowns were laughing and celebrating it hahaha you should’ve hoped McDaniels came to Indianapolis, he would have destroyed the team. Now we have a real head coach and an extremely bright future ahead. Now we are laughing hahahaha

    thermanmerman99 says:
    February 11, 2018 at 6:40 pm
    Patriot fans crying I love it. After it is all said and done, the Colts got the best coach after all and they can’t stand it hahahaha they know this is a grand slam hire and they can’t admit it. They gave up garopollo for nothing, and the guy who owned them in the Superbowl is now with the Colts, I live the bitterness in new england. They see the Reich dynasty beginning!

    ——————————-
    So the Colts organization is trying to announce and celebrate their new coaching hire and all you can think is whether Pats fans are laughing or crying? Gosh, what if they dont care either way? Is that good or bad?

  29. calizcowboyz says:
    February 11, 2018 at 5:49 pm
    Eagles will be just fine. the Head Ball Coach is All that matters. Thats why We kept Jason and let all the others walk 😉
    The trophy is Back where it belongs. To the BEAST. Congrats again E A G L E S. See ya Twice next year top dogs!

    ———————
    Back? It was there before?

  30. Congrats to the Colts. They are getting an outstanding coach. We will miss him. They are lucky that McDaniels backed out.

  31. mandcdad says:
    February 11, 2018 at 5:51 pm
    Frankie says relax

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    Frankie also goes on to say…Don’t do it

  32. Only surprise is that it’s been this long for Frank Reich to get a HC job. It was an excellent hire by the Colts, MUCH better than McDaniel would have been. The only negative is that he’s going to have to overcome a lot of dysfunction in that organization. Still, if Luck returns healthy, and with their high draft position and tons of cap space, they have a chance under Reich to rapidly improve.

  33. First he staged at the time the greasiest comeback in college football history when Maryland beat Miami in 1984 then he did it again when Buffalo came back to beat Houston.

    Something always struck me about him……. Stay tuned.

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