Frank Reich Fired: Colts Fire Coach After 9 Games

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Frank Reich has been fired by the Indianapolis Colts in his fifth year as head coach.
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  • Frank Reich has been fired as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Frank Reich had a 41-35-1 record in 4.5 years as coach of the Colts.
  • Indianapolis appears to be tanking in pursuit of a top pick in next year’s draft.

It’s barely November, but the NFL betting community has now seen multiple coaches get their walking papers this season.

This time, it’s another coach that was firmly on the 2022 NFL Hot Seat: Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich.

Frank Reich News: Colts Fire Coach

Frank Reich won’t make it to the end of Year No. 5 in his first gig as an NFL head coach. 

Despite the pink slip, Reich finished his tenure with a coaching record north of .500.

Frank Reich Record: What Was Frank Reich’s Record With the Indianapolis Colts?

Frank Reich had accumulated a 41-35-1 record as head coach of the Colts before he was fired. 

Reich led the Colts to the playoffs twice, in 2018 and 2020.

Frank Reich Salary

Frank Reich was scheduled to receive a salary of approximately $9 million this year.

Frank Reich Contract

Reich’s contract had just been extended through the 2026 season a little more than a year ago. 

When Was Frank Reich Hired By the Colts?

Frank Reich was hired on February 11, 2018.

Frank Reich Coaching History

Frank Reich had never been an NFL head coach prior to taking the position with the Colts. 

Most recently, he worked as the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017, when the Eagles won the Super Bowl.

He had also been a low-level coach with the Colts from 2006-11.

Colts Interim Head Coach

The Colts announced that ESPN analyst and former Colts offensive lineman Jeff Saturday would be their interim head coach.

NFL Trade Deadline: Colts Were Sellers at the NFL Trade Deadline

It became clear that the Colts were entering teardown mode a few weeks ago. They benched Matt Ryan for Sam Ehlinger, then made sure to sell key pieces like Nyheem Hines at last week’s NFL Trade Deadline.

Getting rid of Frank Reich is the logical next step. In some ways, it’s even a good move for Reich – a team that’s actively built to lose games shouldn’t have to stain his coaching resume and record.

Colts Offensive Line

Head coach Frank Reich and general manager Chris Ballard had developed a football culture in Indianapolis centered around the offensive line as the team’s strength.

The Colts’ dreadful start to this season can be directly tied to a huge dropoff in play on the offensive line.

According to PFF, the Colts rank among the worst four teams in the league in both run blocking and pass protection.

Colts News: Forecasting the Future of Colts Football

Naturally, the Colts’ downward direction this season will continue to impact online sports betting markets. That’s particularly true not just for weekly NFL odds but especially for next spring’s NFL Draft odds market.

For more on the Colts’ evolving betting market, make sure you check out The Lion’s Edge for intelligent, weekly insights into trends and betting tips across the online sports betting world. 

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