Last season was the first for head coach Frank Reich. It was his first time being a head coach at any level. He learned some valuable lessons, and will improve the team in 2019 because of that.
Turning around a failing season is very impressive. Doing so in your first year as a head coach is almost unheard of. But that is what Frank Reich did with the Colts. He was able to lead the Colts from a 1-5 record to the playoffs in his first season as head coach.
As seen by the 1-5 start, Reich went through some bumps in the road. He had to learn how his players were going to react to a new system and a new coaching staff. Clearly, he had to make some adjustments to fix some things in order to make that run to the playoffs.
The Colts were able to rally behind their coach and win 9 of their last 10 games to make the playoffs. But Reich knows that if he wants a less stressful season, he needs to get off to a better start in 2019. That shouldn’t be a problem because of his full year of experience.
Having a whole year of experience allows the coach a chance to plan for a plethora of scenarios he couldn’t this past year. He knows how his team will react when they get down and how they will react with success. The young team experienced both this season.
There are high expectations for the Colts next season. That won’t bother Reich. He expected those expectations even last year. He never looked at this job as a rebuild job. That was the correct way to look at it as we found out over the course of the season.
Next season will be exciting for everyone around the Colts organization. It can’t come soon enough.