3 biggest challenges for Frank Reich in 2022

Justin Bauerle
Aug 27, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports /
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Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich talks with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during minicamp. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Can Frank let playcalling go for the better of the team?

It’s natural that Frank Reich will want to call offensive plays for the Colts. It’s what he does and that’s exactly how he got to be a head coach in the NFL. But when he becomes a detriment from being predictable, can he allow others to make decisions as well?

One could make an argument that Frank has only had one quarterback in his playcalling days in the NFL that would be considered a true veteran that didn’t need a ton of work. Philip Rivers could have led the team up and down the field how he pleased if needed. Andrew Luck is another, even on the younger side.

Both Luck and Rivers made it to the playoffs under Reich. Bring in another veteran that can make a difference like MVP Matt Ryan, and this should work similarly. Will Reich allow Ryan to call his own shots on the field?

When the game is on the line on the road, the crowd is roaring, and you can’t hear anyone, will Reich call the timeout to draw up a play or will he entrust Ryan to make those decisions for the team?

Frank needs to add more support. Whether that is getting plays from his quarterback or even from his own offensive coordinator, he needs to rely upon others who can make smart decisions as well. The team will continue to be stagnant and predictable, creating issues in the later weeks of the season.

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