This comes as no surprise. Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich’s name has been brought up as a legitimate head coaching candidate around the league for weeks, and now it looks like he’s very close to becoming the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.
Frank Reich has emerged as the favorite to become the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, who are hoping to hire the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator once they have negotiated a signed, sealed and delivered contract, per @mortreport and me.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 11, 2018
From @AdamSchefter and me: Eagles OC Frank Reich has emerged as the favorite to become the next head coach of the @Colts but a contract understandably has to be fully executed after the Josh McDaniels experience, per league sources.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) February 11, 2018
On Friday, Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo left the team to become the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.
After interviewing Reich, Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Saints tight ends coach/assistant head coach Dan Campbell, the Colts have apparently decided to go the safe route and hire the guy who just helped put together an offensive game plan against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. And won. Can’t blame them.
There will be many teams looking to poach assistants from the Eagles over the next few weeks. Duce Staley’s name recently came up as a possible hire for the the New York Football Giants as their offensive coordinator.
According to Schefter, nobody on the Colts’ side will comment until a deal with Reich is signed, sealed and delivered.
UPDATE: Multiple confirmations that Reich will be the next Colts head coach. He’s agreed to a five-year deal.
Frank Reich will be the Colts’ new coach. Five-year deal with the team has been agreed to and about to be finalized, source says. @espn reported earlier he was the fave.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 11, 2018
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) February 11, 2018
UPDATE II: The Colts have officially announced the Reich hiring.
“We are extremely excited to announce Frank Reich as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts,” said Colts owner & CEO Jim Irsay. “Frank has all the ingredients of a successful head coach: intelligence, innovation, character, organizational and leadership skills, and a commanding presence. He also has a stellar reputation, and his myriad of life experiences and the people he has worked with make him the perfect fit for us and our fans. I feel extremely fortunate and could not be more excited for Colts Nation and the future of our franchise.”
“We are excited to have Frank Reich as our new head coach,” said Colts general manager Chris Ballard. “Frank is a leader of men who will demand excellence from our players on and off the field. I look forward to working with Frank to deliver a championship-caliber team to the city of Indianapolis.”
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