With Josh McDaniels out the door before he ever got to it, the Indianapolis Colts must now shift focus in their search for their next head coach. One of the prime subjects is expected to be Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich.
One name to watch for #Colts head coaching job: #Eagles OC Frank Reich. He’s one of the candidates on a short list and they’re expected to put in an interview request, sources tell @MikeGarafolo and me. Was an assistant in Indy from 2008-11.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 7, 2018
Reich has absolutely emerged as a strong candidate in Indy. On a very short list. https://t.co/GuiDg1jJ0c— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 7, 2018
As Tom Pelissero mentioned, Reich has ties to the Colts, having coached with the team under Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell from 2008-’11. Reich served as offensive coaching staff assistant (2008), quarterbacks coach (2009-’10) and wide receivers coach (2011). He was a quarterback in the NFL from 1985-’98. Reich also has the same agent as Colts general manager Chris Ballard.
Reich helped lead the Eagles offense to a Super Bowl victory even after losing NFL MVP candidate, quarterback Carson Wentz. The Eagles had the seventh-ranked offense during the regular season (365.8 YPG), were the third highest-scoring team in the league (28.6 PPG), were the third-ranked offense in the playoffs (442.7 YPG) and second highest-scoring team in the playoffs (31.3 PPG).
The Colts will likely still interview and sift through several candidates, so we’ll be keeping an eye on the situation as it develops.