Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. The saying that there is no “offseason” in the NFL was proven once again this week. Just days after Super Bowl LII, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels shockingly backed away from an agreement to become the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. That agreement had been in place for weeks. Still, the Colts and GM Chris Ballard did not panic and immediately resumed their search. That search came to a swift end today as they reached an agreement with now former Eagles OC Frank Reich on a five-year deal to become their new head coach. Some of you may know Reich mostly as the engineer of the largest comeback in NFL playoff history when he was Jim Kelly’s backup in Buffalo, but last week he helped engineer one of the best offensive game plans in Super Bowl history which helped the Eagles to their first ever Super Bowl championship. Joining us now to break down this hire and the challenges facing the Colts over the next few months is our good friend Jake Arthur, who covers the Colts for StampedeBlue.com.
- How did the hiring of Frank Reich go down and why was it done so quickly??
- What kind of coach are the Colts getting in Frank Reich and above all, why should Andrew Luck be happy with this hire?
- At his press conference earlier this week, Chris Ballard said that Andrew Luck still has not thrown since undergoing shoulder surgery last year. If you had to make a guess, should Colts fan expect to see Andrew Luck practicing in either OTA’s or training camp?
- If Andrew Luck does indeed have more football left in the tank, how will he have to change his game going forward?
- Which soon-to-be free agents do you expect the Colts to target come March?
- The Colts, currently the owners of the third overall pick in the draft, are among the most likely candidates to trade down. How far can you see them trading down, especially if the Jets and Broncos get the QB they want in free agency?
- Should the Colts either stay put at three or trade down 2-4 spots, which of these prospects is the most likely to be a Colt in your view: Saquon Barkley, Quenton Nelson, Roquan Smith, Tremaine Edmunds or Bradley Chubb??
That’s it for today here on Sports Krunch. We will be off this week, but next week we will begin our annual “Dash to the Draft” series with a preview of the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, so stay tuned!! Also, be sure to check out the episode archive (including all the interviews I conducted at the Senior Bowl) as well as an up-to-date blog of mine at SportsKrunch.com!! And if you enjoy these podcast episodes please consider leaving us an iTunes review and donating to our Patreon at Patreon.com/SportsKrunch so we can improve our iTunes ranking and afford to produce even more shows with awesome guests like Jake, especially since there’s NO “offseason” for talking football.
For Jake Arthur, our producer Chris Brodhead, I’m David Kromelow saying so long, and of course, stay awesome!!!
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Other Twitter handles: @StampedeBlue