Report: Colts will hire Frank Reich as their next head coach

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The Indianapolis Colts have their next head coach. For real this time. We think.

Frank Reich will be the Colts’ head coach, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. That follows a report earlier today that Reich had emerged as the favorite for the job.

The hiring hasn’t been announced officially. Of course, 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.

The Super Bowl champion Eagles have now lost two of their most important assistant coaches in Reich and John DeFilippo, who left his job as the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach to become the Vikings’ offensive coordinator.

Reich had a 14-year career as an NFL quarterback. He was mostly a backup but is best remembered for leading the Bills to the biggest comeback in NFL history in a 1993 playoff win over the Houston Oilers. Since retiring as a coach he has spent time on the staff of the Colts, Cardinals and Chargers in addition to working the last two years for the Eagles.

59 responses to “Report: Colts will hire Frank Reich as their next head coach

  1. Excellent hire. Where are the patriot dweebs laughing now? McDaniels running away is the best thing to happen, but according to you clowns, it was some sort of payback for getting caught cheating. Hahahahaha now who is laughing

  2. Nobody cares about this Fiasco except the Colts. Im sorry it was uncomfortable and this guy led them on, but returning to Brady, Belichick and Kraft is the correct move in ANY situation. Hes not going to reneg on that just to please the Colts fans.

    Well see you in Indy this season, and we’ll revisit that ‘rivalry’ claim.

  3. Andrew Luck has one of the best offensive minds in football – player or coach. Hopefully for Colts fans he’s wise enough to let Andrew Luck call his own plays.

    All you have to do is throw the formation out to Luck and he can take it from there.

  4. Great hire by the the Colts. Fans should normally be worried that they lost their 2 best assistants but the Eagles have depth even within their coaching staff. Mike Groh and I imagine Duce Staley(OC) will do great.

  5. I’m so old I can remember watching the 1992 season AFC Title Game (Jan, 1993), where Reich engineered a comeback from a 35 – 3 deficit to Houston (the Oilers, not the Texans) to overtime, where his Bills won 38 – 35. At the time, it was the largest comeback in ANY NFL game (?may still be, does anybody know?).

    Reich also threw the first TD pass in Carolina Panthers’ history.

    It may be a dubious distinction, but Reich is the best career backup QB in NFL history.

  6. I guess DeFilipo figured the Vikings job was better because he will get to call plays. Otherwise it’s a mystery why he wouldn’t have waited to see if the Eagles OC job would open up. Oh well, best of luck to both men.

  7. mzew233 says:
    February 11, 2018 at 3:27 pm
    Nobody cares about this Fiasco except the Colts. Im sorry it was uncomfortable and this guy led them on, but returning to Brady, Belichick and Kraft is the correct move in ANY situation. Hes not going to reneg on that just to please the Colts fans.

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    Hate to disappoint both you and Mr. McDaniels but he’s not going to return to Brady, Belichick and Kraft – at least not for any significant length of time. If I were you, I’d make sure you have all those great super bowl wins on high quality DVDs so you could remember the good times. They’re just about over. I hope you treasured the journey.

  8. I thought it might be a good job to give Andrew Luck the coaching job. Especially if his shoulder isn’t clearing up. Despite the injuries he still has a great football mind and he is under contract anyhow so why not make use of that?

  9. thermanmerman99 says:
    February 11, 2018 at 3:26 pm
    Excellent hire. Where are the patriot dweebs laughing now? McDaniels running away is the best thing to happen, but according to you clowns, it was some sort of payback for getting caught cheating. Hahahahaha now who is laughing

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    I am laughing because regardless of who is coaching that train-wreck the Colts will still end up in last place in the AFC South… But hey, maybe Reich will bring back the swinging-gate play!

  10. That’s too bad because he did such a great job with the Eagles. Now I hope the Eagles hire a great offensive coordinator and quarterback coach to replace the people they lost.

  11. Even before McDaniels spurned them at the last second, if asked who i’d rather have coaching my team between him and Reich, i’d say Reich. He at least understands leadership and resolve and how to lead by example. McDaniels is an arrogant snake who piggy backs a great team. Give me a guy who led an all time epic playoff comeback and helped make Nick Foles play like a world beater over the guy who has almost no respect from his peers and snakes on deals without even giving a heads up to the coaches who already quit their jobs to go with him because he told them to.

    McDaniels word means nothing, and honestly he’s proven nothing about himself in this league other than his arrogance. Tom Brady being a great quarterback isn’t his accomplishment to claim.

  12. dolphins4 – if anyone can afford to lose 2 quality coaches like that, it’s probably the Eagles. Pederson still plays a big role in both those categories and they are about as set at the QB position for both long and short term as any team could possibly be. Foles isn’t going anywhere, it’s no guarantee Carson is 100% by week 1 and both QBs combined cost less than 80% of other teams starters. They paid him far more than most backups AND paid Chase Daniel to go away in the process knowing that Foles was a premium insurance policy during Wentz’ cheaper rookie deal years. There’s no reason to think that without their franchise prototype MVP caliber QB still recovering from a major knee injury that they wouldn’t hang onto that policy.

  13. This is a great hire. I hope he works out well for Percocet abusing owner. He doesn’t deserve it, though.

    The payback for ‘deflategate’ is getting the people responsible for that nonsense fired. Mission Accomplished.

    Amazingly, those that levied the fake accusations are now out of jobs… Except the clowns in Park Avenue. Mr Kraft is on to Park Avenue.

  14. What team wouldn’t want to add an Eagles assistant? This organization has become THE GOLD STANDARD of the NFL. Fortunately, Pederson has great in-house options to fill these spots, including Mike Groh and Duce Staley, and he’ll get bombarded with coaches from other teams wanting these positions.

    “We All We Got. We All We Need!”

  15. johngaltwho says:
    February 11, 2018 at 3:52 pm
    mzew233 says:
    February 11, 2018 at 3:27 pm
    Nobody cares about this Fiasco except the Colts. Im sorry it was uncomfortable and this guy led them on, but returning to Brady, Belichick and Kraft is the correct move in ANY situation. Hes not going to reneg on that just to please the Colts fans.

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    Hate to disappoint both you and Mr. McDaniels but he’s not going to return to Brady, Belichick and Kraft – at least not for any significant length of time. If I were you, I’d make sure you have all those great super bowl wins on high quality DVDs so you could remember the good times. They’re just about over. I hope you treasured the journey

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    ooh ow that hurt. until you remember those dvds show us beating the colts into the ground so many times. so many. its almost not even fair.

  16. Eagles fan here. Now The Colts just got a lot better! Frank Reich was a good QB in his day plus the greatest comeback of all time I watched the entire game in amazement.
    Frank Reich’s time in Philadelphia proved to me and many many fans that he is an very solid confident, steadying influence on both the players and the coaches. He believes what he says and he knows what he is doing. Lastly he is a great man!
    Good luck Coach Reich and Thank you! Colts will be really good in 2/3 years max.

  17. harrisbarton says:
    February 11, 2018 at 3:37 pm
    I’m so old I can remember watching the 1992 season AFC Title Game (Jan, 1993), where Reich engineered a comeback from a 35 – 3 deficit to Houston (the Oilers, not the Texans) to overtime, where his Bills won 38 – 35. At the time, it was the largest comeback in ANY NFL game (?may still be, does anybody know?).
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    I’m so old I remember Reich coming off the bench in 1984 to lead Maryland from a 31-0 half time deficit to a 42-40 win over Miami.

  18. Man, I’ll never forget that afternoon sitting on my mom’s couch watching him lead the biggest comeback in playoff history against the Oilers. Good times, good times.

  19. An OC who didn’t even call plays, but let’s all pretend this is a great hire because people feel sorry for the Colts!

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    Doug Pederson was an OC who didn’t even call plays. How did that work out?

    Good luck, Frank…and thank you!

  20. Frank has already put up his own banner in his garage: “2nd Choice – Colts Head Coach 2018-2020”

  21. Probably a good choice for Indianapolis, if true (let us wait for the signed contract). He has history with the Colts. Probably had to accept the cosches Ballard hired already. So he will come in weak.

    But, frankly, losing him and DeFilippo are minor coaching losses for Philadelphia. Thats because it is Pederson that runs the O.

    It wiukd have been harder on them if Schwartz had left. But I suspect Schwartz wanted nothing to do with the Indy situation.

  22. I’m so old I can remember watching the 1992 season AFC Title Game (Jan, 1993), where Reich engineered a comeback from a 35 – 3 deficit to Houston (the Oilers, not the Texans) to overtime, where his Bills won 38 – 35. At the time, it was the largest comeback in ANY NFL game (?may still be, does anybody know?).
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    I am not that old , but I remember it was a Wild Card game. Not an AFC Championship game. Still a good story though. LOL

  23. allight59 says:
    Good now the classless Eagles fan can wait another 60 years before winning anything…

    LOL. all of the haters. some of us have been waiting Fifty plus years for this World Championship. We Beat Brady/BB with our backup. Any real football fan minus Pats fans were rooting for us to do it, but thought we were done. Multiple times! They can never take this title away from the faithful Eagle Fans ( sorry bandwagon joiners) we know a fake when we see it. little personal Note , my favorite Eagle of all time was Mike Quick , Quick SIX for your youngsters. :). sorry I degress, this one is for him, and all of our legendary players that came before., as well as my Late Brother EagleManFran, and our other fallen Eagle Fans. I beleve Coach Doug and this team. We just getting going boys and girls. Fly Eagle Fly. Cry Haters Cry. your making us LOL !

  24. bvolke says:

    Very much in the mood mannered mold of Tony Dungy. Great hire!
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    Yeah those mood mannered molds, man.

  25. Let’s not put the cart before the Colt here… why don’t we wait until Frank is actually in route to the press conference this time.. then Colts nation can all sigh in relief together. Best of luck guys!

  26. nothingbuttthetruth says:
    February 11, 2018 at 4:17 pm
    What team wouldn’t want to add an Eagles assistant? This organization has become THE GOLD STANDARD of the NFL.

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    THE GOLD STANDARD of the NFL? You are going to make all the packer trolls put down their PBRs.

  27. That should be Fly Eagles Fly! sorry I might have been drinking. Eagle fan duh! oh it feels good to read the haters for the first time in my life. LOL LOL. 3 words for you Haters. World Champion Eagles ! EAGLEMANFRAN can now rest in peace. love ya brother !

  28. It continues to amaze me how patriot noobs still use the worn out banner jokes, when they themselves have/had the lamest laughingstock of banners of all time, commerating the biggest epic choke job in sports history in 2007. They got owned so badly that they were forced to take it down due to continuous laughing at them across the globe. Maybe Eli has it hanging in his house now

  29. An OC who didn’t even call plays, but let’s all pretend this is a great hire because people feel sorry for the Colts!

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    Doug Pederson was an OC who didn’t even call plays. How did that work out?

    Good luck, Frank…and thank you!

    Everybody Calm down , the Eagles won the Super Bowl! Chill out. : ) good luck Frank and the Colts. give him some love. plus he took a job outside the NFC. That’s good. hope he does well. He has a shot now, I think he is the type to take advantage of it. Bring that Family love to Indy. That’s how Laurie built the Eagles!

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