Frank Reich hired as Colts' head coach

February 12, 2018 - 8:42 am
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The Bills won’t be losing their defensive coordinator after all.

The Indianapolis Colts have hired Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator and former Bills’ quarterback Frank Reich to be their next head coach.  The Colts interviewed Bills’ defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier before deciding on Reich.

ESPN reports it’s a five-year deal for Reich, who returns to the organization that gave him his first coaching job.  The 56-year old was an assistant on Indy’s staff from 2008-2011 before moving on to the Cardinals, Chargers, and Eagles, where he had been the offensive coordinator for the past two seasons, winning Super Bowl LII over the New England Patriots eight days ago.

Reich was hired by the Colts less than a week after Josh McDaniels backed out of a deal to become the team’s head coach at the last minute.  The Colts had already tweeted out news of McDaniels being hired before the Patriots’ offensive coordinator changed his mind and decided to stay in New England.

The Colts’ Twitter account had some fun with the situation Sunday, making fun at their own expense by tweeting out pictures of Reich actually signing the contract and then standing next to owner Jim Irsay while holding the newspaper to prove the date of the photo.

   

As a player, Reich was drafted by the Bills in the third round in 1985.  The Maryland product then became Bills’ Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s backup from 1986-1994 before joining the Carolina Panthers in 1995.

Reich led the Bills to the Greatest Comeback in NFL History in January of 1993 when they came back from a 35-3 deficit to beat the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime of an AFC Wildcard playoff game.

Frazier worked for the Colts in 2005 as a defensive assistant and 2006 as their assistant head coach and defensive backs coach.  He was hired by Bills’ head coach Sean McDermott last offseason.


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