Frank Reich’s fingerprints are all over the Indianapolis Colts' moves this offseason.
From the new starting quarterback to the tight end he coached in Philadelphia to the first two players taken in this year’s NFL draft, the Colts coach has been working to get the players he wants to run to his offense.
The offensive struggles of 2019 couldn’t be placed squarely on the shoulders of Reich or even quarterback Jacoby Brissett. Nobody expected quarterback Andrew Luck to retire just two weeks before the start of the regular season. Reich still took the blame for an offense that ranked 30th overall in the NFL in passing last season.
“That hurt,” Reich said in February during the NFL combine. “I’ve always taken pride in having a dynamic passing game. Everywhere that we’ve been, I’m not saying we’ve been the best in the league, but the teams I’ve been on have been pretty dynamic for the most part. You can’t always have it all. We made some good strides in the running game. That’s a very important step for our team and where we’re going and how we get to the next level. I know we can do this other side of it. We just have to figure that out and get better there, and I think the end result will be a good thing.”
That’s what accountable coaches do. Reich, who broke into coaching as an offensive assistant after a 14-year career as a quarterback, vowed to correct the problem.