The debacle that was the Colts head coaching search has finally ended. Frank Reich, former offensive coordinator of Philadelphia Eagles, inked with Indianapolis Feb. 11. He did what few could in beating the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. His offensive game planning made backup quarterback Nick Foles look like the MVP.
The 56-year old Reich is no stranger to Indianapolis. He worked with the quarterbacks and wide receivers here from 2008 to 2010. Reich has been known for his offensive prowess since his playing days. In 1993, he orchestrated a 32-point comeback while playing for the Buffalo Bills.
Reich comes as a breath of fresh air. Only the Cincinnati Bengals had a worse offense in 2017. The Colts averaged a measly 284.6 yards and 16.4 points per game. The Eagles, on the other hand, were 7th in yardage with 365.8 yards per game and 2nd in scoring with 28.6 points per game.
Granted, this offensive discrepancy is due to a stark contrast in talent. The Eagles have skill position studs like Alshon Jeffery and Jay Ajayi to work with. The Colts, on the other hand, have a fossil of a running back in Frank Gore and Donte Moncrief is the second best receiving option.
According to an article by the IndyStar, Reich is bringing some much needed tempo to the Circle City. He plans to implement multiple approaches, but they all promise to be fast. The primary formation will be the shotgun, featuring the run-pass option. The new offensive flow is a questionable choice with his battered quarterback. Andrew Luck has been injury riddled. He has taken two seasons off for a shoulder injury that will seemingly never heal. Couple that with a weak running game and a porous offensive line, it could spell trouble for the Colts.
Regardless of what he runs or who he brings in, Indianapolis fans are just happy to have a head coach.The city was sent into a frenzy last week when Josh McDaniels declined the job shortly after Chris Ballard announced him as the new leader of the Colts. The move by McDaniels only fueled the hatefire towards the Patriots that already exists in Indianapolis.
With a barren roster and a rekindled rivalry on his hands, Reich has plenty to deal with in his new position. But Colts management and fans believe he is the man for the job, and anxiously await his tenure as Colts head coach.