Peyton Manning praised Frank Reich, nine years ago

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Frank Reich has returned to Indianapolis, the place where his coaching career began in 2006. Three years later, quarterback Peyton Manning offered high praise for Reich, who was in his first year as the team’s quarterbacks coach.

“Frank has got a lot of football knowledge,” Manning said in 2009, via Colts.com. “I really think at this point in my career, being a veteran I like having somebody that has played longer than me, who has actually played the game and knows what is going on.

He is a tireless worker. He is a grinder. He is a guy that is going to be over there late at night. He and I text each other all the time, ‘Hey check out the Buffalo game, play number 40. That is a look we might see.’ I like that. I like a guy that is constantly got football on his mind and thinking about helping me. I am grateful for that kind of effort. I lean on Frank. I ask him a lot of questions and he is very comforting to me.”

That’s the kind of relationship Reich will need to have with quarterback Andrew Luck, and Reich apparently will. And the Colts, with Reich having nine more years of experience since Manning said what he said, may be in great position for the coming season, and beyond.

18 responses to “Peyton Manning praised Frank Reich, nine years ago

  1. If he managed to make a backup QB outplay Brady in the SB then he must good. Not sure how much of that was Pederson, only time will tell.

  2. It wasn’t Jim Kelly that engineered the famous Bills-Oilers comeback, arguably the most spectacular comeback in NFL history.

    It was Reich. Epic stuff.

  3. “It wasn’t Jim Kelly that engineered the famous Bills-Oilers comeback, arguably the most spectacular comeback in NFL history.”

    Reich was also the backup QB when Maryland overcame a 31-point halftime deficit to win at Miami in 1984. He threw six TD passes in the second half as the Terps won, 42-40.

  4. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    February 12, 2018 at 10:55 am

    If he managed to make a backup QB outplay Brady in the SB then he must good. Not sure how much of that was Pederson, only time will tell.

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    Debatable. Brady was playing a significantly better defense than Foles was (Pats D was 31st in DVOA Eagles were 5th and Pats were 29th in yards against, Eagles were 4th), but point taken. Foles was a monster in the last two playoff games.

  5. Chill_Donahue says:
    February 12, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    February 12, 2018 at 10:55 am

    If he managed to make a backup QB outplay Brady in the SB then he must good. Not sure how much of that was Pederson, only time will tell.

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    Debatable. Brady was playing a significantly better defense than Foles was (Pats D was 31st in DVOA Eagles were 5th and Pats were 29th in yards against, Eagles were 4th), but point taken. Foles was a monster in the last two playoff games.

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    You saved your point with that last sentence. Foles indeed lit up arguably the best defense in football in the NFC Championship game. And the fact is he beat Tom Brady in a shootout. Peyton Manning did it too. Not many other QBs can say that.

  6. patsfan4lifeformersbchamps says:
    February 12, 2018 at 10:55 am
    If he managed to make a backup QB outplay Brady in the SB then he must good. Not sure how much of that was Pederson, only time will tell.

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    LoL not sure how much of that was Pederson? Probably about 99%

  7. Brady would have if he was also playing for Jim Caldwell and John Fox instead of Belichick.

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    nhpats says:
    February 12, 2018 at 12:08 pm
    Will anyone ever break Peyton’s record of 9 one-and-dones?

    Discuss

  8. Then why wasn’t he their first choice?
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    The question about Reich is about his experience over leadership.

    Hes had a few years as a positional coach with the QBs and WRs during which time he worked with Manning, Rivers, Keenan Allen and Larry Fitzgerald. But at the OC level, its a different story. He has 4 seasons of OC experience, but from what we can tell, he has maybe 1 or 2 of actual play calling. In SD he was considered more of a puppet OC so there are a lot of questions about just how involved he has been in Philly. All we can say is that hes done good work with Wentz and he got Nick Foles to outplay Tom Brady in a SB

  9. “In SD he was considered more of a puppet OC so there are a lot of questions about just how involved he has been in Philly”

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    By who, the fans? The fans know about 10% of what they actually think they know..

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