It was probably a pipe dream to think that the Eagles would be able to retain both quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo and offensive coordinator Frank Reich after the team won its first Super Bowl last Sunday night, but it seemed equally unlikely that they would lose both. About that…
With DeFilippo already in Minnesota as the Vikings’ new offensive coordinator, Reich has now emerged as the leading candidate to become the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Frank Reich has emerged as the favorite to become the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, who are hoping to hire the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator once they have negotiated a signed, sealed and delivered contract, league sources told ESPN. Colts general manager Chris Ballard finished an intensive round of interviews Saturday with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. Reich was interviewed Friday, and New Orleans Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell was interviewed Thursday.
Well, this is not ideal. Reich’s departure would be a big blow to the Eagles, but this is what happens when a team has an MVP candidate at quarterback, goes 16-3, and wins the Super Bowl with a backup quarterback who outduels Tom Brady to do it. Still, the Eagles had to figure they would retain Reich for at least one more year. The Colts gig only became available after Josh McDaniels’ last-minute screw job of Indianapolis earlier in the week. Thanks for that, Josh. Should Reich finalize a deal with the Colts, one name that has gotten some early buzz to fill the offensive coordinator role is that of running backs coach Duce Staley. Stay tuned.