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Colts hire Reich as head coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Indianapolis Colts have found their next head coach. They initially thought it was going to be New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Instead, after McDaniels had a change of heart, the team hired Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich as their next head coach on Sunday. Reich replaces Chuck Pagano, who was fired after the last game of the season.

Frank Reich is seen here as the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator talking to an injured Carson Wentz (Getty Images)

Frank Reich is seen here as the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator talking to an injured Carson Wentz (Getty Images)

This will be the first head coaching job for Reich in his coaching career. He spent the past two seasons as Doug Pederson’s offensive coordinator.

Reich has received a five-year deal to be the Colts head coach.

Reich’s employment comes five days after the McDaniels fiasco. He began his coaching career with the Colts, as an intern in 2006.

Last season, without its franchise quarterback, the team went 4-12. Andrew Luck did not play after having off-season shoulder surgery.

With a healthy Luck, the Colts have not had a losing record. They were 49-31 in the past five seasons, including three straight 11-5 seasons from 2012 through 2014.

The Colts won their season finale against the Houston Texans on December 31st. Prior to that, they also won on November 5th against the Texans, October 8th against the San Francisco 49ers in overtime and September 24th against the Cleveland Browns.

Reich also spent two seasons as the San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015, before joining the Eagles. He was also the Chargers quarterbacks coach in 2013.

He spent the 2012 season with the Arizona Cardinals as their wide receivers coach. From 2006 through 2011, he worked with the Colts, first as an intern, then offensive coaching staff assistant, quarterbacks coach and then wide receivers coach.

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