Why is Indianapolis in love with the Colts hiring Frank Reich?

Frank Reich is the new Colts coach. Will he thrive as expected?

I don’t have the answer to that question.  I’m really asking.

All I can figure is Indianapolis is too nice to crap all over a nice guy like Colts GM twice in the same week.

That’s not to say Reich won’t be a great coach – he might be – but we sure as hell have no idea whether a guy who didn’t even rate an interview a month ago will be the home run everyone in town believe he will be.

What we know about Reich’s capabilities to be an NDFL head coach doesn’t amount to much:

  • He ran a seminary before starting his coaching career with the Colts in 2006.
  • He led his teams to arguably the greatest comeback in college and pro football history.
  • He is a devout Christian.
  • He was the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles the past two seasons – the last of which resulted in the franchise’s first Super Bowl win.
  • He looks like actor Scott Bakula, who play a QB in “Necessary Roughness” – an OK sports movie.

There you go.

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If that leads you to believe that Reich is the second coming of Tony Dungy, I’m happy for you.

I would feel a hell of a lot better if the Colts had thought enough of Reich to pursue him when they targeted and agreed to terms with Josh McDaniels.

I would also feel better if these two candidates shared much but a love of football.  That McDaniels decided to leave the Colts doesn’t bug me much.  That he had assembled a portion of his staff and left them in a lurch shows a selfishness I cannot abide.  Reich does not appear to be the kind of guy who would abandon ship on his crew.

Again, maybe the Colts, through McDaniels decision to opt out, got this thing right, but the overwhelming support for a hire we know very little about seems premature.  Let Reich develop some players, show an ability to manage the clock, and win some games before conferring greatness upon him.

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The bar to clear Pagano’s six year run of clock mismanagement, high school defensive schematics (no offense to high school coaches), and absurd clapping in the face of disaster is not high.  Reich should clear it with ease.

That’s no reason to host a party to celebrate an inevitable Lombardi Trophy party.

Let’s take a deep breath, and allow this thing to play out a bit before renting tuxedoes.

Kent Sterling hosts the fastest growing sportstalk show in Indianapolis on CBS Sports 1430 every weekday from 3p-7p, and writes about Indiana sports at kentsterling.com.

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