The Indianapolis Colts decided to move on from Frank Reich, despite his 40-33-1 record in nearly five seasons. Check out why he was fired.
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Reich attended Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania where he played baseball, football, and basketball. Reich started on the football team for his last two years in high school.
He played quarterback in the Big 33 Football Classic in 1980 following his senior year of high school.
Reich was accepted to the University of Maryland on an athletic scholarship, and played for the Maryland Terrapins football team as backup to starter Boomer Esiason for three years.
Frank Reich why was fired
On Monday morning, the Indianapolis Colts announced that they had fired head coach Frank Reich. Indianapolis got off to a 3-5-1 start to the season and suffered an embarrassing 26-3 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon.
Last week, the Colts announced that they will be starting second-year quarterback Sam Ehlinger over veteran quarterback Matt Ryan.
The team’s issues on both sides of the ball are evident, and just last week, Reich announced that offensive coordinator Marcus Brady was relieved of duty.
“The offensive performance, that’s why I was brought here,” Reich said. “That’s my responsibility … it starts with me. I have to do a better job getting the guys ready to play and putting guys in position to win and having answers when we face problems.”
Those problems will now be up to the next coach to solve after Reich was fired Monday. He had a 40-33-1 record in four-plus seasons in Indianapolis and a 1-2 mark in two postseason appearances.
Former Colts offensive lineman Jeff Saturday will transition from ESPN analyst to interim head coach.
Reich had established himself as a creative offensive coach, one who helped guide the Philadelphia Eagles to the 2017 Super Bowl title. But the Colts’ offense has been a disaster this season, currently ranking 27th in total yards per game, despite featuring last season’s rushing champion in Jonathan Taylor and after trading for quarterback Matt Ryan in the offseason.
Reich was a coaching intern for the Indianapolis Colts from 2006 to 2007. In 2008, he served as an offensive coaching staff assistant for the Colts.
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He was then the wide receivers coach for the Arizona Cardinals in 2012 under head coach Ken Whisenhunt, but Reich, Whisenhunt and other offensive coaches were dismissed on December 31, 2012. Reich would not be retained under new head coach Bruce Arians.
He was hired by the San Diego Chargers along with Whisenhunt in 2013. When Whisenhunt left to become head coach of the Tennessee Titans, Reich was promoted to offensive coordinator.
On January 4, 2016, he was fired from his position as offensive coordinator after the Chargers finished 31st in rushing and struggled on offense.
On January 20, 2016, Reich was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles and went on to win Super Bowl LII with the team in 2017.