Given that Reich used to coach in Indianapolis from 2008 to 2011, it should come as no surprise that he'll take over as the next head coach of the Colts.
He interviewed Reich, New Orleans assistant head coach and tight ends coach Dan Campbell and Buffalo defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier in a three-day span. ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported earlier Sunday that Reich was the favorite for the job. Reich spent the last two seasons as the Eagles offensive coordinator.
Less than a week after their plan to hire New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels fell through, with McDaniels changing his mind shortly after the team's official announcement, the Indianapolis Colts have found their new head coach. He would take the job that remained vacant after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels backed out last week after reaching an agreement with the Colts. The former backup quarterback for the Bills was hired as a coaching intern in Indianapolis in 2006 and wound staying with the organization until 2012. After that, he went to the Cardinals as their wide receivers coach, and then to the Chargers as the quarterbacks coach.
Reich broke into the league as a player with the Buffalo Bills when former Colts president Bill Polian was running the Bills.
The move seems like a smart one for the Colts as they will still get the Super Bowl caliber OC they seemed to be seeking.
Reich could be the ideal head coach to best understand how to use Andrew Luck. Multiple assistant coaches signed contracts thinking they would work under McDaniels. According to the NFL Network, the Colts are hoping Reich can bring out the best in quarterback Andrew Luck.
Ballard, in light of McDaniels' reversal, said "just because you're the first choice doesn't make you the right choice".