Colts to hire Eagles Frank Reich as new head coach

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UPDATE: Reich has begun informing friends that he intends to take the Colts head coaching job.

Here's what I do know, as Reich becomes the Indianapolis Colts coach: He has the potential to be a good fit. Luck may still be on the mend from his shoulder injury, but landing Reich would be an outstanding hire for the Colts to make. He was previously an assistant coach with the Colts from 2008-2011 and spent 13 years as an National Football League quarterback. He has been an offensive coordinator ever since (two years with the Chargers, two years with the Eagles).

The Colts announced last week they had agreed on a contract with Josh McDaniels to be their head coach, but the New England Patriots offensive coordinator stunned them by reneging on that agreement.

Although Reich did not call plays for the Eagles, he had a big role in the offense.

The Colts couldn't have the losing offensive coordinator in Super Bowl LII, so they'll settle on the victor.


In addition to Reich, The Eagles lost quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who went to Minnesota to serve as the Vikings' offensive coordinator. McDaniels turns 42 in April, but he's had a previous head-coaching stint in Denver plus multiple long stretches on New England's staff. Reich turned 56 in December, but he entered coaching late, only 10 years ago.

If Reich leaves as expected, Pederson likely would consider promoting running backs coach Duce Staley to offensive coordinator.

Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was also interviewed for the Colts' vacancy. They've reportedly landed on another Super Bowl OC.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Reich played for the Terps in the early 1980s, mostly as a backup.

Ballard, in light of McDaniels' reversal, said "just because you're the first choice doesn't make you the right choice".

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