The Indianapolis Colts Have Their New Head Coach

Colts' chance to hire Frank Reich a luxury in coaching search post Josh McDaniels

"Frank has all the ingredients of a successful head coach: intelligence, innovation, character, organizational and leadership skills, and a commanding presence", Colts owner Jim Irsay said in a statement. "I look forward to working with Frank to deliver a championship-caliber team to the city of Indianapolis".

It goes without saying that Reich will have his hands full in Indianapolis. He worked with Peyton Manning while on Tony Dungy's staff back in 2008 and stayed with the Colts until 2011. He reportedly met with Colts general manager Chris Ballard on Friday.

His coaching career began with the Colts in 2006 when he was hired as an intern before being promoted to offensive assistant and later quarterbacks coach. Although Reich did not call plays himself in Philadelphia this season, he was vitally important to the team. The Eagles have also suffered two big losses to their staff since the Super Bowl.

Albert Breer of the Monday Morning Quarterback would add that this will be the second offensive coach the Eagles will lose since winning Super Bowl LII. He was mostly a backup but is best remembered for leading the Bills to the biggest comeback in National Football League history in a 1993 playoff win over the Houston Oilers.

As a player, he was the author of the greatest postseason comeback in the history of the NFL Playoffs. Numerous play calls were created to get the ball out of Foles' hands quickly in order to beat the pass rush, something that Andrew Luck would benefit from.

Reich took someone in Foles who had 10 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions in 2015 and 2016 for the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs and turned him into a Super Bowl MVP after what appeared to be a devastating injury blow to the MVP-candidate starter. Ballard acknowledged there was no signed agreement with McDaniels. Could he be the right choice?

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel.

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