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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Indianapolis Colts didn’t want to wait too long after Josh McDaniels decided to back out from taking their head coaching position. Jim Irsay knew his franchise has a lot of work to get done and that’s why the Colts immediately hired Eagles Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich to take what was supposed to be McDaniels’ job. Indy was already familiar with Reich since he worked on their staff from 2008 to 2011. Clearly that past rapport played a role in the Colts decision and this is a great move because they needed new leadership. There was a lot of toxicity swirling around this organization when it came to the Chuck Pagano situation. The last two years have been a struggle for the fans in Indiana which ultimately opened the door for Frank Reich to enter the picture. From an offensive perspective Indianapolis should be better with a former NFL QB conducting their practices. Reich spent time with the Panthers, Jets, and Lions but he is most known for being Jim Kelly’s back up during the Buffalo Bills four straight Super Bowl appearances in the early 90s. Reich actually put together one of college football’s greatest comebacks in the Maryland Terrapins miracle win over the Miami Hurricanes in the 1984 Orange Bowl. Irsay is hoping all of those past experiences have polished Frank Reich into a competent manager and so much of the rookie head coach’s success will be tied to Andrew Luck’s recovery. If Luck can bounce back from his disastrous 2017 season that will be the first step for the Colts when it comes to getting back to winning football. Hopefully Reich can help with the offensive execution and make that recovery much smoother. From there it will be all about getting as much talent on the roster as possible. Coaches put together the game plan but it’s up to players to make it all happen on game day.
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