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Frank Reich might not have been the Indianapolis Colts‘ first
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might be the better fit anyway.

Just three days into training camp, the 56-year-old former quarterback has
injected energy, enthusiasm and excitement into a team desperately needing to
change directions after three straight seasons of missing the playoffs.

”I think he brings a really neat perspective,” Andrew Luck said this week.
”He’s certainly had an amazing career as a player and has done an amazing job as
a coach. I’ve really enjoyed talking to him, learning from him, talking with him
and figuring out what the best course of action is in many different

The new tandem is just getting started.

Throughout the first two public workouts in suburban Indianapolis, Luck and
Reich have been conversing regularly as Luck learns his fourth offense in seven
pro seasons.

But Reich does more than just talk.

He’s innovative, passionate and personable, and players seem to respect the
unique journey Reich took to his first head coaching gig.

After graduating from Maryland, he was drafted by the Buffalo Bills and
joined a cast of future Hall of Famers while playing for the only team to appear
in four straight Super Bowls.

His coaching career began when another Hall of Famer, Tony Dungy Authentic
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2006. Peyton Manning earned his first championship ring that season, though
Reich did not receive one.

In 2009, Reich was promoted to quarterbacks coach as Manning captured his
fourth MVP Award, led the Colts to a 14-0 start and another AFC title.

Then after stints in Arizona and San Diego where he worked directly with
Larry Fitzgerald and Philip Rivers, Reich was named the Philadelphia Eagles‘
offensive coordinator in 2016 and finally picked up the elusive ring when Nick
Foles beat New England in February.

Not enough?

Even before he replaced injured Bills quarterback Jim Kelly in the 1992
playoffs and overcame a 32-point deficit to complete the largest comeback in NFL
history, Reich threw three second-half TD passes in relief of Stan Gelbaugh and
led the Terrapins back from a 31-poinnt deficit to beat highly-ranked Miami in
1984. At the time, it was the largest comeback in major college football history
and still ranks No. 3.

”The backup role has suited me well in my career,” Reich joked at his
introductory news conference in February.

The Colts are counting on him to do it again, this time in the family

His father was a football coach, his mother coached sports and his brother,
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, is entering his 18th season as head coach
at Division II Wingate University in North Carolina.

And Reich may need all of his expertise to turn things around in Indy.

He inherits a young roster that has more questions than answers, a team the
outside world believes will be among the worst in the league and one that was
spurned by its top coaching choice, New England offensive coordinator Josh
McDaniels, shortly after the Patriots season-ending loss.

So instead of McDaniels, general manager Chris Ballard brought in a reigning
champion who understood the organization, who helped Eagles quarterback Carson
Wentz put himself in the MVP conversation in just his second NFL season and who
refused to take a single interview until Philadelphia’s season was over.

He didn’t care what the critics said then about the Colts, and he doesn’t
care now.

”I see and hear the chatter, but we don’t focus too much on that,” he said,
referring to one projection of a two-win season. ”That is, I guess ,
a little bulletin board material, but for the most part, it’s about believing in
one another. I’ve seen what we’ve done. I’ve seen the kind of players we have. I
just have a lot of confidence in who we have here.”

The players like what they have in this coach, too.

Reich, for instance, remembers what it’s like to play the game and can
provide perspective and stories about his own NFL experiences including a
surgical procedure he had on his shoulder following his retirement in 1998 that
was similar to what Luck endured in January 2017.

”He certainly is a sounding board for all of us quarterbacks,” Luck said. ”I
think he’s also a great teacher. The best coaches have always been the best
teachers. He does a fantastic job of that.”

Reich’s frank, succinct assessments have been a big hit, too.

He’s made no secret of his personal expectations: The Colts must work hard,
be prepared, play with discipline and finish games. He also encourages players
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, a combination that led free agent tight end
Eric Ebron to Indianapolis and could bring more help to Indy in the future.

”Frank is just Frank, he always just keeps it real,” Ebron said. ”That’s what
I like about him.”

New Jersey left wing Taylor Hall, Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar and
Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon are the finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy
as the NHL’s most valuable player.

The winner will be announced June 20 at the NHL Awards shows in Las

Hall had 39 goals and 54 assists, setting career highs across the board to
lead the Devils to a 27-point improvement in the standings and their first
playoff appearance since 2011-12.

Kopitar scored 35 goals and had 57 assists, nearly tripling his goals total
and doubling his points total from 2016-17 to power the Kings to their seventh
playoff berth in the past nine years.

MacKinnon had 39 goals and 58 assists to guide the Avalanche to a 47-point
improvement, matching the fourth-highest year-to-year gain in league

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