Reich agrees to become Colts HC

Reich agrees to become Colts HC

The Colts renewed their search for a head coach after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' stunning decision to back out of an agreement in principle after the team announced last Tuesday that he would be introduced at a news conference Wednesday.

And the Colts had no problem poking fun at themselves. Shortly after the Eagles won their first Super Bowl in franchise history, he was eventually hired as the head coach of the team that gave him his first coaching job, the Indianapolis Colts.

While unorthodox, a portion of Reich's staff already is in place.

Another notable component of his resume was that he previously worked with the Colts from 2006-11 serving in various positions such as a coaching intern (2006-08), an offensive assistant coach (2008), a quarterbacks coach (2009-10), and a wide receivers coach (2011). Multiple assistant coaches signed contracts thinking they would work under McDaniels.

According to Mike Reiss of, McDaniels elected to remain in New England following a meeting with Bill Belichick where the head coach said he would take on more of a mentorship role. He also has a stellar reputation, and his myriad of life experiences and the people he has worked with make him the flawless fit for us and our fans. The Eagles have also suffered two big losses to their staff since the Super Bowl.

If Reich leaves as expected, Pederson likely would consider promoting running backs coach Duce Staley to offensive coordinator.

The Colts are coming off a 4-12 season and have missed the playoffs in each of the past three years. I don't know if you know Andrew, but Andrew is not going to skip a step.

Reich, then, has familiarity with the Colts organization, which perhaps was considered a positive since McDaniels ultimately never became comfortable enough to make the move. "We want our team to match what he has inside".