Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, a former Maryland quarterback, will be the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, NFL.com reported Sunday. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Reich is the favorite to take over in Indianapolis.
Reich, 56, was an assistant with the Colts from 2006-11, exiting for the Arizona Cardinals the year before Indy selected quarterback Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in the draft.
Albert Breer of the Monday Morning Quarterback would add that this will be the second offensive coach the Eagles will lose since winning Super Bowl LII.
After San Diego, where Reich did call the plays, he moved on to the Eagles, where he's been the offensive coordinator each of the last 2 seasons.
The hiring hasn't been announced officially.
Reich served as offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles in their 41-33 Super Bowl win over the Patriots.
After interviewing with the Colts on Friday, the former assistant under Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell looks to be returning to Indianapolis in a far grander role. He did the same with Nick Foles, who went on to be the Super Bowl MVP, and inspired the same kind of confidence in Nate Sudfeld.
If Reich leaves as expected, Pederson likely would consider promoting running backs coach Duce Staley to offensive coordinator. It's easy to see why the Colts quickly identified Reich as a top candidate.
There's no question Reich has helped develop quarterbacks on a variety of levels with the Chargers and Eagles. He played quarterback in the National Football League from 1985 to 1998.
As a player, he was the author of the greatest postseason comeback in the history of the NFL Playoffs.
Reich's mission is to rebuild the confidence of Luck, who didn't play at all previous year due to shoulder surgery and has missed 26 of 48 games the past three seasons.
Ballard, in light of McDaniels' reversal, said "just because you're the first choice doesn't make you the right choice".