Frank Reich: “Not one ounce of me” views this as a rebuilding project

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At the league meetings last week, Colts owner Jim Irsay said “good things come out of the difficult things” while talking about the state of the team and pointed to accumulating draft picks as part of the process of getting back on track.

General Manager Chris Ballard struck a similar tone on PFT Live, saying that he thinks “we’re two good drafts away from really building up the core talent the way we want.” Ballard added that the team’s focus on the draft doesn’t mean that they won’t try to win now, but both men certainly sounded like they were interested in rebuilding the team.

Coach Frank Reich has a different view of his role. While rebuilding the roster may be a theme for the next couple of years, Reich is staying focused on results.

“I get that there’s certain positions in the organization where there are different perspectives,” Reich said, via the Indianapolis Star. “And I think it’s mature to be able to say something can be both hands. But as a coach, I’m not both hands. I’m not being paid to [see] both hands. Other guys are being paid to see the rebuilding and have the patience. I’m not being paid for that. There’s not one ounce of me being patient. There’s not one ounce of me that thinks we are in a rebuilding project. Every ounce of me feels that we are winning this year.”

Reich is coming off two years in Philadelphia that saw the team go from back-to-back 7-9 seasons to a Super Bowl title, so he has recent evidence of how quickly things can turn around. The Colts, who went 8-8 twice before going 4-12 last season, are following a different blueprint but aiming for something similar in the years to come.

29 responses to “Frank Reich: “Not one ounce of me” views this as a rebuilding project

  1. Does the GM mean by two good drafts away, that’s when Luck will be ready? Is that the prognosis?

  2. Ofcourse a positive attitude us important, but the Colts are deficient on line talent. Unless they want to destroy the rest of Luck, they better view it as such, and rebuild that line this year.

  3. Reich is a great coach who should have gotten more offers, but they have so many holes on that roster it’s ridiculous. And the anchor of their offensive line, Castonzo, needs to be replaced. He is just going to get Luck inured again with his turnstile ways.

  4. So if the Colts don’t make the playoffs this year, he’ll step down? I like the man and expect him to be a good HC, but it’s delusional to think that team can be competitive right away. Even his GM knows better.

  5. “Not one ounce of me views this as a rebuilding project”
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    Then you’re in trouble because you should pay full attention to what you’ve got to do.

  6. thrifty says:
    April 1, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    Reich > McDaniels
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    I get why Colts fans don’t like McD, but don’t forget Reich was previously summarily dismissed by the Colts in shame along with many other coaching staff after their terrible 2-14 season. McDaniels has 5 rings on coaching staff (two as OC, 1 as QBC and 2 as DBC) and at the SB his offense well outperformed Philly’s offense by over 100yds and set a record – one of many he holds. Josh just dithered when he found out the truth about Luck’s health – he can’t risk a 2nd failure at HC and at the Luckless Colts he would have been Irsay’s next fall guy.

  7. They will draft a QB next year. Luck’s done and this year will confirm it.

  8. streetyson says:
    April 1, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    “… Josh just dithered when he found out the truth about Luck’s health – he can’t risk a 2nd failure at HC and at the Luckless Colts he would have been Irsay’s next fall guy.”

    Josh screwed the pooch by backing out of his 2nd HC opportunity, and he betrayed several assistant coaches who went to Indy to serve on his staff.

    His character is garbage outside of Foxboro.

  9. To all of you patriot clowns commenting, I guess you forgot about 2012 when the Colts were picked by every single media expert to finish with the worst record in the league and with Luck they won 11 games. If Luck is back , this team can make the playoffs period.

  10. I can understand why Reich would hope that this isn’t a rebuilding year. Christ the Colts have sucked since 2014, and come April will have had high picks in each of the last 4 drafts. How long is this “rebuild” going to go on???? So no wonder Frank wants to disassociate himself from that kind of thinking.

  11. When current Colts fans ride McDaniels for what he did, do they forget what the Colts did to the city of Baltimore? In the grand scheme of things, what they did was 1000 times worse. Cowards leaving in the middle of the night. Like rats…..

  12. Fair weather Frankie is already making mistakes from the looks of it. Talk about a team that’s void of talent. I can’t wait to watch this train wreck.. #Sorryaboutjoshcolts

  13. It may not go they way he wants, but I respect the attitude that he is going to focus on being successful right away. A coach that is driven that way will likely bring out the most desire to compete from his players. You can’t always pick the situation, but you can pick what attitude you take toward it at least.

  14. streetyson says:
    April 1, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    thrifty says:
    April 1, 2018 at 12:11 pm
    Reich > McDaniels
    ——————
    I get why Colts fans don’t like McD, but don’t forget Reich was previously summarily dismissed by the Colts in shame along with many other coaching staff after their terrible 2-14 season. McDaniels has 5 rings on coaching staff (two as OC, 1 as QBC and 2 as DBC) and at the SB his offense well outperformed Philly’s offense by over 100yds and set a record – one of many he holds. Josh just dithered when he found out the truth about Luck’s health – he can’t risk a 2nd failure at HC and at the Luckless Colts he would have been Irsay’s next fall guy.

    What was the score of the Superbowl? And the Pats were a 5 point favorite. Please stop making excuses. Because excuses are all they are. EXCUSES. Try and have a good Easter Sunday and look back at all the great times the Pats had…

  15. Reich led the greatest college comeback ever, then the greatest professional comeback of all time. Maybe he just got wired differently and isn’t one to accept being in the hole. I don’t think passive acceptance of your circumstances is part of the makeup of champions. “well boys we are on the eve of D-Day, were all probably gonna end up face down on the beach full of Mauser rounds but let’s give it the old college try.”

  16. My guess is, in the not too distant future, history will show that missing out on McDaniels and ending up with Reich will be the best thing that could have happened to this franchise.

    …and I’m not even a Colts fan.

  17. Owners don’t want to wait five years. They all want to win right away. If you’re an agent, are you telling your coach (client) to go into the interview and tell the owner you think they can win right away, or it’s a five year re-build? Gee. I wonder who’s going to get the job. These guys aren’t all complete idiots, you know.

  18. Frank Reich has spent one or two year stints as either a position coach or a coordinator. I’ll give him a nod on personnel but to act as if he’s the next coming is nonsense. Put a season under his belt as a HC to gauge where he as before getting google-eyed over him.

  19. NFL reporters right across the USA will enjoy Reich’s capacity for making stupid comments to get headlines. The Colts finished 29th out of 32 teams after going 4 – 12 last season but he doesn’t see it as a rebuilding year ahead. Please excuse Frank – he suffers from delusions.

  20. There is a VERY good chance the Colts will still be rebuilding when Josh takes over for a retired BB in a 2 to 4 years. I understand why fans feel jilted. I’d feel jilted too.

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