INDIANAPOLIS — Frank Reich is able to embrace being the backup choice once more.
He spent nearly all of his 14-year NFL enjoying profession as a backup quarterback. And he is the Indianapolis Colts‘ second selection for head coach after Josh McDaniels reneged on his settlement at the final minute.
“The backup role has suited me well in my career,” Reich mentioned as he drew a roomful of snickers throughout his introductory information convention at Lucas Oil Stadium on Tuesday.
Reich replaces Chuck Pagano, who was fired after six seasons, and McDaniels. The Colts introduced that McDaniels had agreed to turn out to be coach of the Colts early on Feb. 6, solely to have him name basic supervisor Chris Ballard later that day to inform him he was remaining as offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots.
“We don’t always choose what happens to us, but what we get a chance to do is choose how we react to it,” Ballard mentioned. “I really believe that’s what shows what we’re made of. I can’t be more proud of our organization, the city of Indy and how they’ve handled this last week. Can’t be any more proud of our new head coach Frank Reich.”
Ballard had Reich on his preliminary listing of almost 10 candidates again in December, however Reich did not make the final supervisor’s top-five listing.
“I thought about it after I got done interviewing him. I go, ‘My Lord, what was I thinking?’ You talk to people,” Ballard mentioned. “You make your list. You don’t panic.”
Having McDaniels again out of the job ended up serving to Reich as a result of he advised his agent he wasn’t going to interview for any openings whereas Philadelphia was nonetheless within the playoffs. Reich needed his focus to be strictly on getting the offensive recreation plan collectively in order that the Eagles can be ready for every playoff recreation. Ballard interviewed Reich on Feb. 9, the day after the Eagles had their Super Bowl celebration in Philadelphia.
“I want to first off acknowledge and thank the Philadelphia Eagles organization for allowing me to be part of a team and a journey that did something special for the Philadelphia Eagles,” Reich mentioned. “But today is a new chapter. Today is a new chapter and I could not be more excited. … My first coaching job, first as an intern and eventually as a quality control coach and then as a quarterback coach to get my start. What better way to get started and there could not be a better way to finish it than right here in this great city.”
Reich spent the previous two seasons as offensive coordinator of the Eagles. Philadelphia went from 22nd in offense throughout Reich’s first season to seventh this previous season. The Eagles scored 41 factors to beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII regardless of not having beginning quarterback Carson Wentz, who tore his ACL on Dec. 10, 2017.
Reich started his teaching profession in 2006, eight years after he retired from enjoying. He spent two seasons as a training intern beneath former Colts head coach Tony Dungy. Reich progressed to being an offensive workers assistant with coach Jim Caldwell in 2008. Then Reich was Peyton Manning’s quarterback coach from 2009-10 earlier than teaching Reggie Wayne and the remainder of the large receivers in 2011. Reich was additionally offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with the Chargers and receivers coach with the Arizona Cardinals.
Reich, who will name performs on offense for the Colts, is taking up an Indianapolis crew that completed with a Four-12 report in 2017 and has missed the playoffs three straight years. The Colts may have the No. three total decide within the draft and face the uncertainty of not realizing when quarterback Andrew Luck will return from the best shoulder harm that triggered him to overlook your entire 2017 season.
“One person at a time, one detail at a time, one player at a time and one play at a time,” Reich mentioned. “As the head coach, the vision is simple and it’s clear, that every time we step on the field together to compete. There will be four marks that will mark our team. The first one is we will be the toughest. Both mentally and physically. … Secondly, we will be the most disciplined team. … Thirdly, we’re going to be the most prepared team. … Fourth, we’re going to be the most united team. We’re going to be a close team. It’s going to be built around trust, respect and love.”