A stat that speaks to how good Frank Reich is for Colts

Frank Reich, Indianapolis Colts. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Frank Reich, Indianapolis Colts. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

Frank Reich has done a great job coaching the Indianapolis Colts in his first four seasons and this one stat shows one of his strengths.

In 2018, the Indianapolis Colts had an interesting process of hiring a new head coach. The team ultimately ended up with Frank Reich and it has been a hire that is continuously paying off. Reich has led Indy to a 37-28 record and two playoff berths in four seasons.

This has all been done with a quarterback carousel and a relatively young NFL roster. However, Reich has been lucky to have some talented players and he’s been able to get a lot out of them. He’ll enter next season with his best roster yet and expectations will be really high.

If Reich keeps doing what he’s been doing, the Colts have a chance at meeting those expectations, especially offensively. Reich rose up the coaching ranks as an offensive coach. His time as an offensive coordinator for the Chargers and Eagles is a big reason why he landed the job in Indianapolis.

Reich’s prowess as a play-caller has also been on display in Indianapolis. While the Colts haven’t been consistently elite on offense, they do lead in one category that speaks to Reich’s ability to design an offensive script. That category is opening drive touchdowns since 2020.

Colts start fast offensively under Frank Reich

In the last two years, Indianapolis had 15 opening drive touchdowns, standing alone as the most in the league. One better than explosive offenses like the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.

While talent is a part of this, this is a stat that really highlights Reich’s play-calling. A team’s opening drive for a game is usually finalized during the week of practice.

The play-caller knows how they want to set the tempo, and typically how the first few plays will unfold to help them get into the end zone. No one has done that better than Reich in the last two seasons.

Now, the challenge becomes executing this elite play-calling all game long, especially late in games when the Colts need to convert first downs to hold on to a lead or reclaim one.

With Indy’s reloaded offense, a new veteran quarterback and young weapons, along with Reich’s experienced play calling, Indianapolis has the chance to be a dangerous offense this season.