The Indianapolis Colts have fired head coach Frank Reich following a Week 9 meltdown, and the move couldn’t have come sooner for Colts fans.
The 3-5-1 Indianapolis Colts are still, miraculously, only second in the AFC South, but a 26-3 loss to the New England Patriots was enough to send their head coach packing.
On Monday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news that the Colts fired head coach Frank Reich.
Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed that the organization had “parted ways” with Reich.
There’s been a flurry of discussion about Reich’s tenure with the Colts as journalists and sports fans pore over his record and his recent performance.
The Athletic included Reich’s record with the Colts over his four-plus years in Indianapolis: 40-33-1.
Ian Rapoport and Ari Meirov spell out the dumpster fire that is now the Colts offense: no head coach, no offensive coordinator, and a young quarterback who just saw his first NFL start against a league-leading defense.
Several other NFL journalists noted how dire the offense has been under Reich for the past few weeks.
Rapoport also noted how uncharacteristic it is to see two NFL head coaches benched by early November: Matt Rhule and now Reich.
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For many NFL fans, it was the accountability they were hoping for but didn’t expect.
Colin Cowherd called out Jim Irsay for being “impulsive” in his decision, detailing how the Colts have struggled not because of their head coach, but because of the challenging situations the owner foisted upon the team. First, Irsay wanted Wentz, then wanted him out just as quickly, leaving Reich to work with an impulsive Matt Ryan.
“Dealing with impulsive owners is really hard. Irsay wanted Wentz out — this is what you’re left with.”
The Ringer’s Benjamin Solak agreed that the recent losses are unfairly pinned on Reich. Instead, the organization should be more critical of Chris Ballard, the general manager who put Reich and the organization in such a difficult predicament in the first place.
But after yesterday’s loss against the Patriots, the decisions Reich did make stacked up in favor against him. Ignoring whatever hand he may have been dealt, the reality is that the Colts suffered a brutal loss, and Reich took on all the blame.
Considering that Reich and Ballard criticized Wentz for his play last year, it seems that the head coach is now bearing the brunt of those criticisms now, too.
Colts fans will have to wait and see if Ballard — or perhaps arch nemesis Josh McDaniels — could be next.