By HCR Staff | Sept. 3, 2018
Between now and the start of the 2018 season, Head Coach Ranking will provide a scouting report on all 32 NFL head coaches. Today, we’ll take a look at Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich.
Longtime offensive coordiantor Frank Reich finally gets his first head coaching opportunity with the Indianapolis Colts. After Josh McDaniels of the Patriots suddenly changed his mind about taking the job, Colts GM Chris Ballard turned to the Super Bowl-winning coordinator, and we feel Reich will prove to be a good choice.
Reich is a respected former player and a respected coordinator. He’s been with winning organizations in both roles, and this job will not be too big for him.
We also feel he is the right head coach at this particular time for the Colts. QB Andrew Luck finally returns from a serious shoulder injury, and we feel Reich’s past as a former QB and his temperament will create the perfect environment for Luck to regain his confidence.
We’ll be interested to see if Reich mixes in elements of the Eagles’ offense. We’re inclined to think that even if he wanted to, he probably can’t at the moment, given Luck’s injury history – the RPO wouldn’t necessarily fit Luck at this time.
Reich has chosen two rookie coordinators to support him: Matt Eberflus on defense, and Nick Sirianni on offense. Eberflus came from Dallas, and while he was well thought of there, this will be his first experience as a coordinator. Sirianni has a prior relationship with Reich. So the Colts enter the season with their braintrust comprised of three men who have never filled these roles before. We have some concern here.
Finally, we’ll be interested to see if Reich’s in-game judgment will be similar to Doug Pederson’s — a mix of gut and analytics. We don’t know what his tendencies will be, but this is a rebuilding squad with shallow talent, so perhaps Reich won’t have the luxury of taking too many gambles.
Previous HC Previews:
Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks
Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams
Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers
Steve Wilks, Arizona Cardinals
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers
Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings
Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions
Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears
Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints
Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons
Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers
Jay Gruden, Washington Redskins
Pat Shurmr, New York Giants
Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys
Doug Pederson, Philadelphia Eagles
Jon Gruden, Oakland Raiders
Vance Joseph, Denver Broncos
Anthony Lynn, Los Angeles Chargers
Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens
Hue Jackson, Cleveland Browns
Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals
Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers
Doug Marrone, Jacksonville Jaguars
Bill O’Brien, Houston Texans