Colts owner Jim Irsay on Frank Reich: 'How could you not have seen this sooner?'


Insider Stephen Holder and Gregg Doyel discuss the Colts’ new coach, Frank Reich.
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INDIANAPOLIS – After his first extensive conversation with Frank Reich, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was left to ponder a single, burning question.

It had nothing to do with the potential fit of Reich for the team’s vacant head-coaching position. And it wasn’t whether Reich could truly return the Colts to their winning ways, either.

Irsay’s question was more simplistic.

“I know you would think (this is) natural for me to say,” he said. “But the more I think about it, the more I thought, ‘Jim, how come you were so stupid? How could you not have seen the clarity of this sooner?’”

After an ugly 4-12 season, a six-week-long coaching search and the embarrassing disintegration of a deal with Josh McDaniels, the Colts had found their man.

And it was immediately obvious.

The Colts trotted Reich out Tuesday with an elaborate news conference at Lucas Oil…

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