As a brand new coach who clearly wasn’t the first choice for the organization, Frank Reich has done wonders with the Colts. And he could be the favorite for Coach of the Year now.
When you join a team who had gone 4-12 in the year prior, you would think that it is a rebuilding job in most cases. Not Frank Reich. He didn’t see the need to rebuild in Indianapolis. He thought he could contend right now with the players he had.
That has come true. But a lot of that is due to the great coaching of Reich. He has led the Colts to the playoffs after a terrible 1-5 start, becoming only the third team in NFL history to do so. And he did it in his first year as a head coach at any level as well.
Reich always perched positivity throughout the season. He knew that the team was getting better early on, even if the record wasn’t reflecting it. And now everything is clicking, and this is the hottest team in the NFL. No team wants to face them in the playoffs.
A lot of coaches have done good things this year, but Reich might have done the best job of all of them. There is a good chance he wins the Coach of the Year in the NFL because of what he had to overcome and what he had to work with roster wise when he arrived.
But if you were to ask Reich, he could care less about that. The award would be a nice little side piece. He is looking for the big one. He know the job isn’t done this season and they have something bigger to play for. And if he keeps coaching this way, they just might get it.