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Colts fire Frank Reich after Pats beatdown

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Indianapolis Colts have fired head coach Frank Reich. He is the second NFL head coach to be fired this season.

Reich joins Matt Rhule without a job. Rhule was fired in October by the Carolina Panthers.

Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich checks his notes during a game against the New England Patriots
Frank Reich checks his notes during a game against the New England Patriots (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The former NFL quarterback went 40-33-1 as the Colts’ head coach. This was his first head coaching experience.

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He took over the job for the 2018 season. Since that time, Reich guided the team to two playoff appearances.

Reich was 1-2 during the playoffs with the Colts.

The team struggled this season. At the point of his departure, the team was 3-5-1.

This is the second consecutive week that the team has made a move. Leading up to the game with the New England Patriots, the Colts fired offensive coordinator Marcus Brady.

Reich claimed that Brady was not the scapegoat for the team’s failures. Yet, he was the first one to go when things got bad.

The Colts did not name an interim offensive coordinator following Brady’s departure. Then, days later, the team laid an egg against the Patriots.

With Reich playing the calls, as he has done all season, the Colts were defeated 26-3. The team had its worst scoring output since Week 2 when they were shut out by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Reich failed with his last two veteran quarterbacks. And he couldn’t fix a player that many thought that he would.

In March 2021, the Colts made a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire Carson Wentz. Reich was previously the Eagles’ offensive coordinator before coming to Indianapolis.

However, something did not work out as the team admitted that they would evaluate the quarterback position at the end of the season. This off-season, they traded Wentz to the Washington Commanders.

With a need at quarterback, the Colts went out and acquired veteran Matt Ryan from the Atlanta Falcons. Both traded involved the Colts giving up draft picks in the future.

Neither trade worked out for the Colts. Ryan was benched by the team several weeks ago.

Since the change was made, Sam Ehlinger has gone 0-2. And Ryan has been demoted to their third-string quarterback behind Ehlinger and Nick Foles.

Owner Jim Irsay and Ballard are hoping that a change in the locker room will spark the team.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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