Frank Reich never had a thought about the Colts job until Josh McDaniels backed out

AP

New Colts head coach Frank Reich was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator the last two years, and he coached through Super Bowl LII without giving any thought to any other job. And then something surprising happened.

Reich said this morning on PFT Live that until Josh McDaniels spurned the Colts, it never even crossed his mind that he might be the next head coach of the Colts. But once the Colts job surprisingly became open the week after the Super Bowl, Reich immediately got excited.

“I really wasn’t focused on it, I was so immersed into the Super Bowl,” Reich said. “I wasn’t thinking anything until I saw the news that the job in Indy opened up, and there was a spark, thinking, ‘That would be awesome to work there.'”

Reich’s first coaching job was on Tony Dungy’s staff in Indianapolis, and he described the opportunity to coach in Indianapolis again as a dream come true. The transition didn’t go the way anyone expected, but Reich loves where it ended up.

33 responses to “Frank Reich never had a thought about the Colts job until Josh McDaniels backed out

  1. This team has too many holes to fill and this vanilla coach will do little to cultivate the minimal talent already on the roster. After just two years into his “rebuild”, impatient Jimmy (the liar) will be looking for another coach to bring him his multiple Lombardi trophies.

  2. So, they wanted to hire the OC who lost the Super Bowl, got turned down, and they ended up with the OC who won the Super Bowl. Reich did a pretty good job because his quarterback started the season as a backup who thought about retiring but who ended up being the Super Bowl MVP.

  3. I think Reich will do ok (if Jimbo lets him). But the difference here is that this is his first HC gig whereas McDaniels has been a HC before and knows if he fails a 2nd time for whatever reason he won’t get a 3rd chance – which is why I think he dithered once he got to the truth of Luck’s injury.

    Remember at the time the Colts were (once again) publicising Luck was going to be 100% fine, but he was actually receiving yet more medical expertise during that time and the Colts have now rowed it back to merely saying that he’s “turned a corner”. That revelation, coupled with Kraft offering Josh the heir-apparency and a timeline for BB to step back to “just” being GM, would have been enough to turn anyone.

  4. Indybear says:
    March 27, 2018 at 8:21 am
    This team has too many holes to fill and this vanilla coach will do little to cultivate the minimal talent already on the roster. After just two years into his “rebuild”, impatient Jimmy (the liar) will be looking for another coach to bring him his multiple Lombardi trophies.
    _______________________
    Still upset about that Super Bowl, huh?
    Let it go man………….

  5. Frank will be wishing he stayed with the Eagles before the actual season even begins. The Colts are a horrible organization and ruined one of the most talented QBs in the league.

  6. His PR coach has him saying all the right things early to take advantage of the “Screw McDaniels!” sentiment.

    It may not have been graceful, but McDaniels was right to stay away.

  7. Grugenhagen says:
    March 27, 2018 at 8:26 am
    We’ll see if he feels the same way in 2 or 3 years.

    ———–

    Some people never learn.

    January 3rd, 1993: Buffalo 41, Houston 38 following a 35-3 deficit

    November 10th, 1984: Maryland 42, Miami 40 following a 31-0 deficit

    February 4th, 2018: Philly 41, New England 33 and a win over the heavily favored Patriots and presumed winners of their 6th championship, and as an OC leading the Eagles to 41 against whom is heralded as the NFL’s all-time legendary defensive mastermind.

    Tsk, tsk! You’re right, some people never learn. Never rule Frank or his teams out.

  8. Anyone else notice his statement,

    ““I really wasn’t focused on it, I was so immersed into the Super Bowl,” Reich said. “I wasn’t thinking anything until I saw the news that the job in Indy opened up”

    He was ‘focused’ on the Superbowl.

    Would that McDaniels and, even more importantly, Matt Patricia, were focused on the Superbowl.

    ….but, hey! let’s let coaches focus on other stuff, like getting a new gig… what could go wrong?

  9. All the McDaniels stuff completely drowned out the fact that Mcdaniels was the third person to turn down the Colts job in a month (Matt Rhule & Steve Wilkes were the other two).

    Reich is this years Mike Pettine. The guy who got the job that no one else wanted who might not even last a year once he finds out why everyone else turned it down. I mean right now Ballards resume as a boss is whiffing in his first draft, spending nothing in two free agencies even though the team has glaring holes then handcuffing his coach to a 3rd string QB and telling him “win or you’re fired” all while lying to the public weekly about the status of Andrew Luck. I’d want every dime of my contract guaranteed if I was Reich. This is not the Dungy/Polian era Colts anymore.

  10. In the past 12 hours there have been two stories on the drama that took place with the Colts coaching position. There is no new news, these just bring it up again to rebeat an old horse. Slow news week I guess. The Colts have rheir challenges but rehashing them over and over does not need to be a sport. Let them work how they want and whatever comes of it is theirs to live with. Unless one is a Colts fan there is no reason to care.

  11. For once Mike Lombardy is right – for this to work hes going to need the whole organization working to make it a success.

    This is not a coach walking in with an over arching vision and then implementing it with will power backed by experience.

    This is a guy with some real strengths who is going to need support in many areas where he doesnt have much expeience.

  12. McD suddenly woke up and realized he was about to become HC of a dysfunctional organization. BTW, Josh McD is 2-2 in the super bowl as offensive coordinator. Frank Reich is 1-4 as both player and coach.

  13. Don’t forget the NFC Championship game. Reich obviously had a hand in that score against a very good defense.

  14. I just believe in Frank Reich man. Chris Ballard started off slow in FA, but he did well in fleecing the Jets to trade down a mere 3 spots in the draft. Andrew Luck won’t come back until he knows he can be the player we saw before the injury…and I believe he’ll be ready for opening week.

    If the Colts kill the draft, Indy fans can look forward to a much more competitive season.

    Don’t let the Irsay/Luck shade throwers shake your faith! Colts are on the right track.

  15. Art of the crowd says:
    March 27, 2018 at 9:01 am
    In the past 12 hours there have been two stories on the drama that took place with the Colts coaching position. There is no new news, these just bring it up again to rebeat an old horse. Slow news week I guess. The Colts have rheir challenges but rehashing them over and over does not need to be a sport. Let them work how they want and whatever comes of it is theirs to live with. Unless one is a Colts fan there is no reason to care.
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    It’s because of the League meeting in Orlando and the interviews going on down there. This is the first time alot of guys are talking on the record about events that have happened the last 2 months. It’s not rehashing news – all the HCs, coordinators ,etc and being interviewed and the answers are news.

  16. Frank Reich will prove to be a great head coach. He played under Levy and coached under Dungy. He absolutely knows what he’s doing, trust me. I’ve known him since his playing days here in Buffalo and I can say with the utmost confidence that McDaniels backing out and Frank being hired is the best thing to happen to the Colts since their Super Bowl win.

  17. Colts are better off with Frank. He’s got integrity and is a class act. Not like the Loser that backed out.

  18. crush22 says:
    March 27, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Still upset about that Super Bowl, huh?
    Let it go man………….
    _____________________________________________________________

    Nah. I didn’t play in the Super Bowl. I just post anti-Dolts stuff to get a rise out you. Look! It worked again.

  19. For a fan base that claims to not care about the Colts at all, it’s pretty strange that all the Cheatie Cheerleaders come out in droves to comment on every Colts article.

  20. No surprise here regarding McDaniels….when your whole professional carrier (minus 2 years) has been the personification of the lying and cheating corporate model of the Pats…..

  21. Sounds like the Colts and Reich were both desperate so it should be a good marriage. Maybe Reich can bring some of that Philly Attitude where they Burn and loot the city after they win something. This Colts team has very little chance of even making the playoffs this year so it should be fun to sit around and laugh. The one that actually looks the smartest here is McDaniels where he can lead the Best offense in the NFL again!

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