Colts coach Frank Reich faces questions on playcalling, Andrew Luck's health


Not long after Polian landed in Indianapolis in 1998, he called Reich, who'd retired after 14 seasons, majority as Kelly's backup in Buffalo.

But when New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels backed out after agreeing in principal, Reich was among the candidates brought in, in part due to recommendations from respected names such as Bill Polian and Dungy.

Most of the Colts braintrust was present in Georgia, and owner Jim Irsay announced the establishment of the Edwin Jackson Memorial Scholarship with a $25,000 gift. "I can only say this: We really feel blessed having Frank as our head coach".

"I could not be more excited. I sense our fans understand how excited we are and what a ideal fit this is for us". It must be noted that when it comes to Luck's perpetually-healing right shoulder, that's a stronger proclamation than Ballard's given at any other point over the last 12 months. There's also no reason to believe Reich, a bright guy with a lot of success coaching on one side of the ball, won't do as well.

"We don't always choose what happens to us".

In essence, the Colts wound up hiring the winning offensive coordinator in the Super Bowl (Reich) over the one whose team lost (McDaniels).

Terms of the deal were not immediately available, but Reich is expected to be introduced at a news conference Tuesday.

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Bills special-teamer Steve Tasker told me Reich looked precisely the same-on the sidelines and in the huddle-when he was down by 32 as he did on the first snap of the day. No phone calls, no texts. He'll be focused on the things it takes to win. "I wouldn't change a thing".

Reich also met with the three assistant coaches hired for McDaniels staff and said he was impressed as much with them as he was by the Colts commitment to honor their contracts. Now imagine what he can do with a quarterback of Andrew Luck's caliber (exciting, right?).

Reich said they have several mutual friends, but no profound personal relationship beyond what Reich called "supreme admiration".

Reich replaces Chuck Pagano, who was sacked after going 4-12 in 2017 and the Colts missed the playoffs for the third straight year.

The vengeful reports out of Indianapolis certainly come as a bit of a surprise considering Luck is one of the most happy-go-lucky players in the NFL. Twenty-five years ago, Reich, then the Bills' backup quarterback, led the biggest comeback in National Football League history-from 35-3 points down in the third quarter against the Oilers in the playoffs-and Buffalo beat Houston 41-38.

He promised the Colts would be 1) the toughest, physically and mentally, 2) the most disciplined; 3) the most prepared; and 4) the most united.

You'll get no arguments on the latter.