Maryland interviewed Reich in the fall of 2015 for the head coaching job that eventually went to DJ Durkin.
After Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels backed out of the job, Indianapolis' front office went back to their search. The former backup quarterback for the Bills was hired as a coaching intern in Indianapolis in 2006 and wound staying with the organization until 2012. Although Reich did not call plays himself in Philadelphia this season, he was vitally important to the team. Staley, a former standout running back with the Eagles and Pittsburgh, just finished his seventh season as an Eagles assistant.
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Reich worked with the Colts as their QB coach when Peyton Manning was there.
Reich, 56, began his coaching career in Indianapolis when he served as an offensive coaching staff assistant for the Colts in 2008 before moving up to the quarterbacks coach in 2009. They've reportedly landed on another Super Bowl OC. He seems like the type of person who would be willing to work with those Colts assistant coaches who were recently hired under the expectations McDaniels would be the coach. Implementing Reich's offensive system would likely eliminate many of these unnecessary hits and help to keep the Colts' best player on the field. He led the Bills to the largest playoff rally in history in 1992, when Buffalo overcame a 32-point deficit to defeat the Houston Oilers. The key for the Colts, though, will be the health of quarterback Andrew Luck.
Reich's path in National Football League coaching has featured a lot of faith and determination, two things the Colts need with Luck.
What is interesting about this hire is that three coaches McDaniels picked to be on his staff will remain in their roles, including new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.