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Coaching Candidates to Replace Frank Reich with the Colts

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Frank Reich might not survive in Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Colts once again got off to a sluggish start against the Tennessee Titans in a game that appeared to be beyond their reach early in the first quarter.

Even though they did not surrender a point in the second quarter, the Colts were defeated by the Titans 24-17. The team didn’t appear to be concerned about protecting its home field from a division rival. That is the responsibility of the head coach, and Frank Reich should potentially be replaced by the Colts at this point.

Why the Colts Should Make the Move

In February 2018, the Indianapolis Colts hired Frank Reich as their head coach. In his first season, he turned a 1-5 start into Andrew Luck’s final playoff run. The Colts were unable to reach the playoffs following Luck’s retirement in 2019. In 2020, Reich once more assisted Philip Rivers and the Colts in getting a wildcard berth, but they were unable to advance past the first round.

But then the complete catastrophe of 2021 happened. The collapse at the end of the season dealt Carson Wentz the biggest blow, but as 2022 has progressed, it has become apparent that there are problems beyond the quarterback position.

On Sunday against the Titans, the Colts lost to a record of 1-2-1 and appeared lost at all times. The team lacks the passion and interest that were so prevalent during the early 2000s’ heyday. Reich appears to have lost the team, and the offense appears to be beyond repair.

Jim Irsay is not one to hold back, so he will undoubtedly push for adjustments within the company. The first person on that list has to be Reich. Here are some potential successors to the Colts’ head coach.

Sean Payton Would Give the Offense Life

Given the rumors surrounding Sean Payton’s potential return to coaching, this one might seem a little far-fetched, but the Colts would be interested if Payton considered it.

One of the most admired NFL head coaches in history is Payton. Payton led the New Orleans Saints for 16 seasons, winning the Super Bowl once and making three trips to the NFC final. Payton has the most victories of any Saints head coach, with 161 victories and 97 defeats.

Payton would be a great addition for Jim Irsay, even though he might be a bit of a pipe dream for Indianapolis.

Dan Quinn’s Defense Could Thrive in the AFC South

Although the Colts’ 43-42 win-loss record isn’t exactly impressive, Dan Quinn’s expertise and track record as a defensive coordinator would be a huge asset. With all the skill on the defensive side of the ball in Indianapolis, Quinn could have a field day.

Quinn’s Super Bowl LI 28-3 collapse will live in infamy, but his resume speaks for itself. Many people believed Quinn would be the Broncos’ defensive coordinator in 2022, but he chose to stay in Dallas for another campaign. The Cowboys currently hold the league lead in sacks and have one of the best defenses in the league.

Quinn would have formidable defensive weapons in Shaquille Leonard, Kwity Paye, and Julian Blackmon. The number of defensive head coaches has decreased recently, but the Colts would be wise to take Quinn into consideration.

Pep Hamilton – The QB Whisperer

Colts supporters ought to be familiar with the name Pep Hamilton. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for Andrew Luck at Stanford and served as the offensive coordinator for the Colts from 2013 to 2015.

When Justin Herbert won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2020, he was the quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Chargers. Hamilton most recently served as the offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, where he helped Davis Mills have a standout rookie season and 2022 debut.

There is a good chance that the Colts will start over and possibly draft a rookie quarterback if they decide to fire their head coach. Although it’s likely that Irsay will choose an experienced coach, Indianapolis may still need Hamilton to improve a rookie quarterback’s performance.

 

Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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