Former Bills QB Frank Reich to become Colts head coach

Lynette Rowe
February 12, 2018

Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich is also a top candidate and seems to be the most likely to be hired. Reich was in Indianapolis for six years, serving as an offensive assistant for four of them. He would take the job that remained vacant after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels backed out last week after reaching an agreement with the Colts. The Colts reportedly also interviewed New Orleans Saints assistant head coach/tight ends Dan Campbell and Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

Going back to the first hire of the offseason, the Bears wasted no time in landing Matt Nagy, who succeeded Pederson as the Chiefs' offensive coordinator. Running backs coach Duce Staley and current WR coach Mike Groh are potential replacements if Reich leaves. Or, since Polian once called Reich the "greatest backup quarterback in National Football League history", he'll know how to deal with the possibility of no Luck, too.

Although Reich did not call plays for the Eagles, he had a big role in the offense. That crosses over into another familiar coaching name with the Colts - Bruce Arians. Reich's age wasn't a factor, because as Arians did, he connects well to young players.

Getting an offensive mind as strong as Reich should be huge for the Colts.

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Reich's candidacy was enhanced by quarterback Nick Foles leading the Eagles to victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. He then took the same job with the Eagles in 2015, where he stayed until now.

The other challenge for Reich will involve his coaching staff. He is expected to be introduced at a news conference Tuesday.

"We will get the right leader for the Indianapolis Colts", Ballard said. "Just because you're the first choice doesn't mean your their best choice".

The Colts announced Sunday they have hired Reich.

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