Former Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich was officially hired as the new coach of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
The Colts announced that Reich signed the contract and will be introduced in a press conference Tuesday. The deal is for five years, according to reports.
"We are extremely excited to announce Frank Reich as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts," team owner and CEO Jim Irsay said in a press release. "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."
Reich's hire ends a whirlwind coaching search for the Colts after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels withdrew from an announced agreement become the team's head coach on Tuesday.
Reich, 56, emerged as the favorite for the job after meeting with general manager Chris Ballard on Friday. The Colts reportedly also interviewed New Orleans Saints assistant head coach/tight ends Dan Campbell and Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
"We are excited to have Frank Reich as our new head coach," Ballard said in the team's press release. "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."
Reich's candidacy was enhanced by quarterback Nick Foles leading the Eagles to victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
Reich, who has more than a quarter-century of NFL experience as a player and coach, was hired by Eagles coach Doug Pederson in 2016 to run his offense. He helped Carson Wentz establish himself as one of the league's premier rookies in 2016 and helped the quarterback develop into a legitimate MVP candidate before he suffered a torn ACL and LCL in December.
Reich also served as the San Diego Chargers' offensive coordinator for two seasons after initially being hired as the team's quarterbacks coach in 2013. He worked as the Arizona Cardinals' wide receivers coach in 2012.
His coaching career began with the Colts in 2006 when he was hired as an intern before being promoted to offensive assistant and later quarterbacks coach. Peyton Manning passed for more than 9,200 combined yards over the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Reich worked as the Colts' wide receivers coach in 2011 after Manning missed the season because of injury.
Reich spent 14 seasons in the NFL as a quarterback with the Bills, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets and Detroit Lions. In 129 games (22 starts), including the playoffs, he completed 575 of 1,036 passes for 6,858 yards with 47 touchdowns. For 10 of those seasons, he was Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's backup in Buffalo. That included four straight Super Bowl appearances from 1990-93, five AFC championship games and five AFC East titles.
Reich has the challenge of coaching quarterback Andrew Luck, who missed the entire 2017 season due to a nagging shoulder injury, back to his form before the injury.
The other challenge for Reich will involve his coaching staff. Multiple assistant coaches signed contracts thinking they would work under McDaniels. Former Cowboys linebackers coach Matt Eberflus, who will be the defensive coordinator, is among those under contract.
As far as Philadelphia is concerned, the Eagles must now replace Reich and hire a quarterbacks coach after John DeFilippo became the Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator last week.
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