Indianapolis Colts hire Frank Reich to be next coach

One of the guiding forces behind the victory will be the next head coach of the .

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Eagles offensive coordinator signed a contract Sunday to become the Colts’ head coach, the team announced. It’s a five-year deal, a source informed of the talks between the sides told Network’s Mike Garafolo. Indy’s decision wraps up a whirlwind coaching search for the Colts after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels withdrew from an announced agreement to become the team’s head coach on Tuesday.

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“We are extremely excited to announce as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts,” Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay said in a statement. “Frank has all the ingredients of a successful head coach: intelligence, innovation, character, organizational and leadership skills, and a commanding presence. He also has a stellar reputation, and his myriad of life experiences and the people he has worked with make him the perfect fit for us and our fans. I feel extremely fortunate and could not be more excited for Colts Nation and the future of our franchise.”

Reich, 56, emerged as the favorite for the job after meeting with Colts general manager Chris Ballard on Friday. The Colts also interviewed assistant head coach/tight ends Dan Campbell and Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

The team will formally introduce Reich as their head coach at a news conference Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Interestingly, the Patriots spent the early part of the 2000s investing in low-round picks at the position. Part of that could be attributed to the team’s defensive-centric emphasis during that period. The Patriots won three of four Super Bowls from 2001 through ’04 with the defense sparking the championship runs. The quarterback was expected to play his part as a game manager with a premium placed on judgment and ball security. Given the team’s success with that formula, the need to invest in a playmaking quarterback wasn’t a big priority on draft day.

In 2007, New England transformed into an offensive juggernaut, with Brady, Randy Moss, Wes Welker and others lighting up scoreboards around the league. And in 2008, the QB draft philosophy appeared to change. With the second and third round reserved for developmental prospects, the Patriots have concentrated their recent efforts on finding future QB1 prospects pretty often.

“I take all that [expletive] back I said yesterday,” Arians said during a news conference Monday after confirming Blaine Gabbert will remain the starting quarterback for Week 12. “That was a damn good call, and we busted an assignment at the point of attack. That was an easy pickup.

“They did not whoop us up there, we just turned them loose. I take everything I say back.”

The Cardinals were down 24-21 with 6:33 left in the fourth quarter when they decided to go for it on fourth-and-1 from their own 35. Adrian Peterson was stopped immediately for a 1-yard loss. On the next play, Texans rookie running back D’Onta Foreman scored on a 34-yard run to give the Texans a 10-point lead.

Arians credited offensive coordinator for designing a “hell of play,” that didn’t work because one of the interior linemen blocked the “wrong damn guy.”

In his postgame news conference, Arians saw things differently from his original sideline vantage point.

“It’s very simple: I cost our team the game,” Arians told reporters. “Trust is a funny thing sometimes when you can’t get it to fit. You deserve to lose, especially when you make the decision I made and the play I called.”

Although it’s simply just another interesting tidbit in a disappointing loss for an injury-hampered team, it’s clear Arians will be completely honest about how he sees the Cardinals’ shortcomings.