Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Eagles coordinator Frank Reich set to become Colts' head coach

Eagles coordinator Frank Reich set to become Colts' head coach

After being left at the altar by Josh McDaniels, the Indianapolis Colts have their new head coach.

The 56-year-old Reich, a former National Football League quarterback, began his coaching career in 2006 as an intern with the Colts and eventually was promoted to coach the quarterbacks and wide receivers until 2012. The team announced it was "surprised and disappointed" when McDaniels told the Colts he was staying with the Patriots "after agreeing to contract terms" with Indianapolis. The 56-year-old likely became a more appealing candidate as he helped backup quarterback Nick Foles lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl championship. Moreover, Reich - who has limited play-calling experience after being a coordinator under Pederson and Mike McCoy - wasn't a part of Ballard's first round of interviewees. Garafolo reported the two sides agreed to a five-year deal (though, as we learned this week, nothing is completely official until a contract is signed).

Reich has been the Eagles offensive coordinator the past two seasons, and spent two years in the same capacity with the Los Angeles Chargers. His first coaching job was with the Colts in 2006.

Reich, then, has familiarity with the Colts organization, which perhaps was considered a positive since McDaniels ultimately never became comfortable enough to make the move.

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Reich has the challenge of coaching quarterback Andrew Luck, who missed the entire 2017 season due to a nagging shoulder injury, back to his form before the injury.

Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich will be the Colts' next head coach.

Offensive coordinator Frank Reich of the Philadelphia Eagles speaks to the media during Super Bowl LII media availability on January 31, 2018 at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The Colts might actually stumble into a better hire than originally thought.

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