Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich fired amid offensive woes | Indianapolis Colts


The Indianapolis Colts have fired coach Frank Reich after another disappointing offensive performance after the team’s third straight loss.

The Colts announced the move Monday, a day after the team went 0 for 14 on third down and had just 121 yards of offense in an ugly 26-3 loss at New England. Indy (3-5-1) has the league’s lowest scoring offense.

“Offensive performance, that’s why I was brought here,” said after Sunday’s loss. “That is my responsibility. So, we have players. We have enough good players. I have to do a good job. It starts with my crime. I’ve got to do a good job of getting kids ready to play, putting kids in good positions to win, and getting answers when we have problems.”

Reich was hired in 2018 after serving as the offensive coordinator for the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles. He led the Colts to the playoffs in two of his first four seasons and nearly did it again last season. But Indy lost their last two games and missed the postseason.

It’s Indy’s third big loss in three weeks. Two weeks ago, Reich announced the benching of longtime NFL veteran Matt Ryan, the league’s 2016 MVP. Last week, he fired offensive coordinator Marcus Brady even though Reich was still calling the plays. General manager Chris Ballard also repaid Nyheim Hines last Tuesday, just before the trade deadline.

Reich also struggled with a rotating cast of quarterbacks. First of all, franchise quarterback Andrew Luck retired in 2019. Carson Wentz, who flourished under Reich in Philly, was brought in last season but struggled badly. Ryan fared little better and was benched for Sam Ehlinger last month.