Frank Reich: Every detail matters in building champion

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It came later than expected, but the Colts finally held a press conference to introduce their new head coach on Tuesday afternoon.

It’s Frank Reich and team owner Jim Irsay opened the proceedings by saying that Reich is a “perfect fit” despite the winding road that the Colts took to get to this point. General Manager Chris Ballard followed that up by saying that you don’t always get to pick how things happen, but “we do get to choose how we react” and feels the team reacted by hiring a leader with the right vision to build a winner. 

Reich outlined his vision, which is structured around building a tough, disciplined, prepared and unified team. He also said that he learned from his experience with the Eagles that every part of the process matters when it comes to reaching their goals.

“It became clear that every person matters and every detail matters in building a championship culture,” Reich said. 

Reich told his agent at the start of the playoffs that he wouldn’t consider any head coaching opportunities so that he could focus on the Eagles’ playoff run. He said Tuesday that the experienced reinforced his belief that he needed to be totally focused on the task on hand and there were quite a few references to how things work out in the end when that’s the approach.

Another piece Reich plans to take from his Eagles experience is the collaborative nature of the coaching staff that was in place in Philadelphia. He confirmed he’ll call the offensive plays, as Doug Pederson does in Philadelphia, and said that the entire staff will be involved in putting together the game plan on a weekly basis.

Reich was later asked if he feels bad about being a second choice in Indianapolis. Reich, who authored the largest playoff comeback in history while replacing an injured Jim Kelly in Buffalo, noted that the “backup role has suited me well in my career.” The Colts hope that will continue to be the case.

25 responses to “Frank Reich: Every detail matters in building champion

  1. Reich makes a valid point, it is a distraction to have assistants interviewing or even focusing on outside coaching opportunities in the middle of a playoff run. As was evidenced by shurmer laying down in the nfc finale, Patricia was unable to adjust his defense in the sb, and one can even argue that shwartz’s defense struggled for large portions of that game (although he was not hired as hc). Assistants are very important aspect of a team, and their focus and ability are going to have an affect just as important as the hc in pro football.

  2. Eagles have decided they don’t even need to replace him. That shows you how important he was to their success. Yea, great hire though

  3. sayormills49 says:
    February 13, 2018 at 4:24 pm
    Eagles have decided they don’t even need to replace him. That shows you how important he was to their success. Yea, great hire though
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    Apparently he was the “detail” that didn’t matter in Philly.

  4. Still bet 10:1 ods Both the 49ers and Patriots beat the Eagles.

    Meanwhile, the Colts may not make the playoffs the next 10 years.

    ….
    No you won’t.

  5. I heard the question asked “what will it take for Andrew Luck to be magical again”.

    The answer should have been to run a lot of no-huddle and let Andrew Luck call his own plays.

    Andrew Luck is as good as Peyton Manning and probably can be a little better at calling his own plays. He did it in College and a little bit under Bruce Arians as a rookie.

    Why call the plays when you have a QB that can do it at a high level? I don’t get it.

  6. “I heard the question asked “what will it take for Andrew Luck to be magical again”.

    A bionic shoulder? Because without one he may well never play on an NFL field again.

  7. sayormills49 says:
    February 13, 2018 at 4:24 pm
    Eagles have decided they don’t even need to replace him. That shows you how important he was to their success. Yea, great hire though

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    There is some thought that Pederson doesn’t want to upset either of the remaining offensive coaches Duce Staley or Mike Groh by picking one over the other. Instead it appears Doug wants them to split the duties of Reich. Seems like a bad idea to me. Also so Matt Rhule as an option, although that maybe an expensive buyout for an unproven OC at the NFL ranks.

  8. There is something to the point of just making the playoffs a dead period for interviews/vacancies. Odds are, you’re looking at a guy who is coaching in the playoffs. And there is ample evidence to suggest it is a distraction. Plus, nothing is really happening, officially, during the playoffs. You can’t talk to FA, you don’t really talk to the existing players, etc. So why rush and penalize the teams that made the playoffs with the distraction?

  9. I’m what you call a hater, but he’s spent a lot of one year stints on different teams as a coach or coordinator…I mean he may be the greatest coach in Colts history starting today but I’m on the prove it list.

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