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'Going dark' worked out well for Frank Reich

'Going dark' worked out well for Frank Reich

Frank Reich was not on the Colts' initial shortlist of head coaching candidates before they decided on and were burned by Josh McDaniels. 

Even if he was, he wouldn't have known. 

Because when Reich, introduced as the Colts' head coach on Tuesday, was still the Eagles' offensive coordinator, he was singularly focused on the playoffs. In fact, he wasn't prepared to even talk about another job while the Eagles were making their run to Super Bowl LII. 

Reich told his agent, Bob LaMonte, to hold his calls. 

"The stance that I took with my agent," Reich said, "the words were basically this: 'I'm going dark. I'm focused on the task at hand. And that's to help our team win playoff games and win the Super Bowl.' 

"And that meant no phone calls, no texts. Now, whether there was any activity or not, I was dark. I was focused on one thing. And after experiencing that and the importance of every detail in preparation for those games, I wouldn't change a thing."

That was a pretty big gamble for Reich. While John DeFilippo took a couple head coach interviews during the bye week, Reich didn't. That could have very well ruled him out from getting a top job and, really, it did until McDaniels backed out in Indy. 

Both Colts owner Jim Irsay and GM Chris Ballard said on Wednesday that they realized how big of a mistake it was to not include Reich on their original shortlist once they interviewed him for the job. 

"The more I think about it, the more I think how could you be so stupid and not see the clarity of it sooner?" Irsay said.

Even after McDaniels backed out of the Colts job, Reich said he never called his agent about Indy. He hoped the Colts would be interested but he wasn't going to chase them. If they didn't call, he was prepared to go back to work as the Eagles' offensive coordinator. Instead, he's one of 32 NFL head coaches. 

Reich's shining moment of his press conference came when he was asked if he loved or hated McDaniels for what happened. 

"The backup role has suited me well in my career," Reich returned, brilliantly. 

Of course, everything worked out great for Reich. His "dark" period didn't stop him from getting a job. In a weird way, it might have helped. And he was able to devote all of his energy to the Eagles' playoff run and he'll now get a Super Bowl ring out of it. 

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. 

Josh McDaniels' 180 impacts Frank Reich, Jim Schwartz, John DeFilippo

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Josh McDaniels' 180 impacts Frank Reich, Jim Schwartz, John DeFilippo

There's been nonstop euphoria around these parts for three days now and nobody is really thinking about the future yet. 

Most of us are still processing this.

On Tuesday, Roob laid out how the Eagles are going to be really good for a really long time because of how many key players they have locked up the next three seasons.

Another benefit of the Eagles' winning it all was that all the head coaching vacancies were filled during their playoff run. Great news for the Eagles in terms of keeping defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, offensive coordinator Frank Reich and potentially QBs coach John DeFilippo.

... Not so fast.

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels shockingly spurned the Colts, reneging on his verbal agreement to become their head coach mere hours before his scheduled press conference in Indianapolis. Thus, a job is back open.

Indy's interest in an offensive-minded head coach probably means they won't be hiring Schwartz, though they may be back at Square 1 right now and looking for the best possible candidate.

Reich becomes an appealing option, and according to two NFL Network reporters, he is on the Colts' short list. Adam Schefter is reporting Reich will interview with the Colts on Friday, the day after the Eagles' parade.

Reich and DeFilippo couldn't possibly have had stronger seasons, helping Carson Wentz to near-MVP honors and then Nick Foles to a dynamic playoff run. Even if DeFilippo doesn't get the Colts gig, he's a good bet to be hired somewhere as an offensive coordinator.

The Vikings still want to talk with DeFilippo about their OC opening. (Pat Shurmur left to become the Giants' head coach.) However, Minnesota is not permitted to speak with DeFilippo until 10 days after the Eagles' season ended. They have already formally requested an interview with DeFilippo, according to Schefter.

Vegas odds of Eagles losing assistant coaches

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Vegas odds of Eagles losing assistant coaches

The Eagles could lose a pair of assistant coaches who have been crucial to their success. That's the cost of going 13-3.

Losing defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz or quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo would hurt the Eagles, and Vegas seems to think both have a good chance of finding a promotion (which could occur only once the Eagles' season ends).

Schwartz is 3/1 to be the next head coach of the Giants, according to odds released by Bovada on Wednesday. The favorite for the job is Patriots OC Josh McDaniels at 3/2, followed by Patriots DC Matt Patricia at 2/1 and then Schwartz.

DeFilippo made the list of two different teams with head coaching vacancies: the Bears and Lions.

DeFilippo is 9/2 to be named the Bears' next head coach. That ties him with McDaniels for second on Bovada's list, behind only former Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur (3/1). The Bears would make a lot of sense for DeFilippo. They have a ton invested in the future of young QB Mitchell Trubisky, who they traded up to 2 to draft last year.

DeFilippo is also 8/1 to get the Lions job. Patricia, Teryl Austin, McDaniels and Mike Vrabel all have better odds. 

The NFL trend in recent years is to go with an offensive-minded head coach. Sean McDermott's hiring with the Bills last offseason was an exception. Schwartz, too, could be an exception because of his previous head coaching experience and fiery personality. Don't sleep on the Cardinals when it comes to Schwartz — he could step in to help replace the retired Bruce Arians' gusto.