That's why Indianapolis fans were in an upbeat mood Sunday after learning that Reich had been hired as the Colts' new head coach, just days after being jilted by management's first choice, New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Rapoport also reported that Chargers coach Anthony Lynn is a firm believer in developing coaches and allowing them to grow into more prominent roles, which seems why he let Sirianni interview with the Colts.
Polian responded with: "Listen, people that know Jim and know Chris like myself and Peyton and I think Coach (Marv) Levy and know Frank were happy to recommend him". But there is ammunition at General Manager Chris Ballard's disposal: more than $80 million in salary cap space, the second-biggest total of any team, and the third overall pick in April's NFL Draft. Could anyone have been more suited than Reich, who turned 56 in December, to prepare a backup quarterback for the challenge of a lifetime?
Reich, meanwhile, returns to the franchise where he started his coaching career as an intern in 2006.
"At this point, we feel very strongly that Andrew is in a good place", Ballard said. This was cringe-inducing news to many Patriots fans, as it came on the heels of defensive coordinator Matt Patricia's agreement to leave New England to become head coach in Detroit, all but spelling a major shakeup in the coaching staff of the most well-oiled machine in the NFL. I was told a long time ago: Don't get bored with the little things.
Reich brings not only a Super Bowl ring and a breadth of experience but he brings the ability to develop a quarterback.
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Reich also played for the Panthers during their inaugural season of 1995 before finishing his career with the Jets (1996) and Lions (1997-98).
On Wednesday, Ballard said Luck still hasn't thrown a football since October.
Sirianni worked with Reich during their time together in San Diego from 2013-15. Coach Reich is coming off a Super Bowl championship, where he is credited with preparing backup quarterback, Nick Foles, for his Super Bowl MVP performance. "It's an art." How do you not want that guy calling your plays? "I look forward to working with Frank to deliver a championship-caliber team to the city of Indianapolis".
"He certainly has all the qualities necessary to succeed", Polian said by phone Monday afternoon.
Instead, the Colts have a guy with a track record of getting the most out of young quarterbacks; not someone who can ride on Tom Brady's coattails. He officially joined the coaching staff as an offensive assistant in 2008 and was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2009 as Indianapolis reached Super Bowl XLIV.