Colts coach Frank Reich: “Our eyes are forward”

AP

The Colts held their annual kickoff luncheon on Wednesday, just four days after the team’s fans surely felt that they were kicked in the collective crotch with the surprise retirement of quarterback Andrew Luck. But the team continues to do its best to sell the idea that the glass is half full. Or maybe 25-percent full. Or maybe 10-percent full.

“Our eyes are forward,” coach Frank Reich said. “As much as we respect [Luck], our eyes are forward.”

That’s an important point, and it means that the teams needs to definitively turn the page on Luck and rally around new starter Jacoby Brissett.

Reich also explained that he spent more than an hour speaking with Brissett regarding the challenge the team faces, one year after the Colts went from 1-5 to the final eight.

“It was just so natural,” Reich said. “Like, there was nothing fake or phony about it. When you back good people in a corner, nobody got scared. Nobody was looking for the exit. . . . It’s about belief and conviction. . . . And that’s the kind of players we have. That’s what Jacoby and I were talking about yesterday; that’s what’s going to power us going forward.”

The Colts are indeed in good hands with Reich and Brissett and G.M. Chris Ballard. They will now be taken lightly by their opponents, especially early in the year. When, as of now, no one expects them to do anything.

22 responses to “Colts coach Frank Reich: “Our eyes are forward”

  1. >>The Colts are indeed in good hands with Reich and Brissett and G.M. Chris Ballard

    Good hands to go 6-10. Too good to tank, they will have a hard time getting a good starting QB. Either pay up to trade up, or gamble on a lesser prospect and hope for a Mahomes rather than a Tannehill/Gabbert/Bortles

  2. They actually had their eyes on season ticket sales and now that they have maxed those out, they let Luck announce his plans. Sick burn.

  3. At a minimum they knew for a week before the news broke, it was kept hidden to sell tickets as long as possible.

    Very solid team though and should not be taken lightly.

  4. Don’t feel too bad Colts fans. At least with Reich as hc you have a chance at a decent team. Imagine if Mcdaniels had gotten the job. You’d be competing with Miami for the worst team ever.

  5. I guess I don’t get the issue. With Luck his team is 10-6, maybe 11-5. With Brissett this team is 10-6. And?

  6. Luck is gone. Brissett will be okay but he won’t be Luck. SO they go from 8-8 to 6-10. They were/are missing the playoffs either way.

  7. These two (Reich/Ballard) have proven nothing. All we know is that division stinks and there is always a default winner of that division based solely on injuries.

    I don’t understand why the media is so desperate to confirm and crown a new team in the AFC as being some new challenger to NE, when it’s pretty clear, it’s not the case. It’s been going on for a decade.

    When no on expects much, they catch you by surprise. Indy is in for a very rude awakening at QB. No way Brissett throws 40 TDs next year.

    Brissett lacks accuracy and has never played a full season. Teams will stack the box and force Brissett into trouble. Rinse and repeat.

  8. It’s not like Luck was the be all end all. He was OK when he wasn’t hurt. A bit over rated in my opinion. Probably better off moving on and getting a QB whose abilities match the hype. Tank for Tua.

  9. tylawspick6 says:
    August 29, 2019 at 8:52 am
    These two (Reich/Ballard) have proven nothing. All we know is that division stinks and there is always a default winner of that division based solely on injuries.

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    Pats lost to both Titans and Jags last year. A lot better division than the AFC Least the last 5 years where the Pats get an additional 6 byes.

  10. RogerThat! says:
    August 29, 2019 at 9:03 am
    It’s not like Luck was the be all end all. He was OK when he wasn’t hurt. A bit over rated in my opinion. Probably better off moving on and getting a QB whose abilities match the hype. Tank for Tua.

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    Luck was a top 5 QB last year in a new system with a young team. Luck carried the Colts to the playoffs his 1st 3 years on horrible teams with a horrible coach and horrible offensive lines.

    Luck was a rare talent and it’s a shame he didn’t have better teams or coaches and his injuries caused him to retire. Plus Luck is very humble and a great person. Anyone that bashes a guy like Luck is a loser.

  11. I just went back and re-read the NFL season preview in the latest edition of SI. It had the Colts making it to the AFCCG and said they were solid at QB. Kind of funny now.

  12. carloswlassiter says:
    August 29, 2019 at 10:02 am
    For a smart guy, Luck did very little to help his o-line through the years. A few better decisions to throw the ball away and he’d still be playing.

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    Luck was trying to win games. He was the team and play calling was horrible. He was under relentless pressure every time he dropped back. You could say if he was smart he should’ve thrown the ball away then the Colts likely don’t win many games and Pagano and Grigson are gone sooner.

    But Luck is the ultimate competitor and put his heart, soul and body on the line every game. Look at the difference last year with a good OL and coaching. Luck was the least sacked QB in the league.

    A guy like Brady can protect his body because he can rely on great coaching, defense and special teams to help the team win games. Luck didn’t have that luxury. Brady would be retired if his coach/gm were Pagano and Grigson. Luck was a warrior and the Colts failed him.

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