After the most exhausting search in NFL history, the Colts finally have a head coach in Frank Reich and Andrew Luck is pumped to work with him.
While the Colts’ front office interviewed some defensive-minded head coaching candidates, it always looked like they wanted to bring in a brilliant offensive coach to work with Andrew Luck.
They thought they had one of the best available offensive minds locked in as their head coach, but Josh McDaniels backed out and decided to go back to New England.
Chris Ballard made the best out of a bad situation by hiring the offensive coordinator that beat McDaniels in the Super Bowl Frank Reich, who already had ties to Indianapolis.
Reich has told the media that he wants to bring an up-tempo, no-huddle, run-pass option heavy offense to Indianapolis, where he will be calling the plays, and the most important player in the organization is excited to see what Reich has in store.
"“I know all the best offenses that I’ve been a part of in my career we’ve not been static and we’ve attacked,” said Luck. “And I’m sure he’ll have a great flavor and we’ll involve as many people as we can, and attacking defenses is what it’s all about.”"
Nearly every coach says they want to be an attacking offense, but the pace that Reich has discussed should introduce a new element to the offense in Indianapolis.
Luck’s comments on Colts.com make it sound like he’s impressed with his new head coach’s résumé, and he’s ready to study how players in Reich’s offenses succeeded in the past.
"“You can learn something from everybody, and certainly our history shapes so much of how we think and (our) thought process, and I’m really excited to hear his thought process and how he did it as a player and how he’s seen other players do it, and how he’s done it as a coach,” said Luck. “I think that could have a very positive impact on our team.” Luck continued, “Going back to (Reich’s) playing days, he’s incredibly successful, and he’s been around some awesome quarterbacks. And I hope I can learn from him and ask him how Peyton or Carson or Philip did it, and find the best way for me or for whatever Colt quarterback way that is. I hope I can give him the most that I can give, and that he can help me get out of me the most that’s there.”"
Luck’s quotes are sometimes difficult to decipher, but it sounds like he’s saying all the right things heading into the first permanent coaching change of his NFL career.
Reich’s changes to the Colts’ offense could unlock an even better version of Andrew Luck, but he needs to get healthy before we can worry about how the offense will look next season.