Colts reportedly reach deal to hire new head coach
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to a five-year contract with Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich after a hectic week in the front office.
It has only been seven days since the Eagles won Super Bowl LII, but sources have told Mike Wells of ESPN that a deal has been reached between the two parties to make Reich the successor of Chuck Pagano.
Pagano was head coach of the Colts from 2012 to 2017, before being fired for lack of success on and off the field.
Colts owner Jim Irsay stated "Chuck Pagano provided Colts fans with many exciting wins and memories as head coach of the Colts," but Pagano's 49-31 regular season record proved to be insufficient in a talented and New England Patriots dominated AFC.
The past week has been turbulent for the Colts organization, as the team was morning the loss of teammate Edwin Jackson and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe, who were killed by a drunk driver shortly before Super Bowl LII kicked off.
After the Patriots returned from the Super Bowl LII loss, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels had been going through his exit interviews and preparing to head to Indianapolis to become the new head coach of the Colts organization.
The Colts tweeted on Tuesday the McDaniels was to be announced as the new head coach of the organization and a press conference was scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Per ESPN sources, McDaniels went to two final meetings with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick, who apparently made a strong enough counteroffer to make McDaniels change his mind.
After McDaniels turned the job down, Colts GM Chris Ballard reassured fans at a presser that the organization was still heading in the right direction, and that the right coach for the job would be found.
Before leaving the podium after answering questions Ballard addressed the Patriots/McDaniels debacle stating, "The rivalry is back on."
Now just five days later, the Colts have likely brought back a familiar face with Frank Reich, who began his coaching career as an offensive staff assistant in Indianapolis under former coach Jim Caldwell back in 2008.
Reich has coached many Football Hall of Fame players including Peyton Manning while acting as quarterback coach in 2009-10, and Colts Receivers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne during his 2011 tenure as receivers coach as well.
Reich also coached as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with the San Diego Chargers for a short time.
The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off their first Super Bowl Championship defeating the former Champion Patriots 41-33 while recording 25-1st downs and completing 538 total offensive yards from the line of scrimmage against Matt Patricia's defense.
With the Colts needing to reignite their offense and find someone who can lead the team back to the top of the AFC, the familiar face of Reich seems to be just what they need.