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Frank Reich 'very glad' Josh McDaniels didn't take Colts' head-coaching job

Ryan Hannable
October 02, 2018 - 4:10 pm

FOXBORO -- Things could have looked a lot different Thursday night at Gillette Stadium if not for Josh McDaniels backing out of the Colts' head-coaching job.

McDaniels agreed to become their next head coach, but changed his mind at the last minute and then Indianapolis turned to former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich. McDaniels could have been on the Colts' sideline coaching against Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

Speaking on a conference call Tuesday, Reich is happy with the way things have worked out.

"Very glad about that," he said. "Certainly very glad about that. It’s a funny league, strange circumstances, lot of things out of my control, so I can try to control the controllables and thankful for the opportunity that I have."

While Colts GM Chris Ballard declared "the rivalry back on" at a press conference this offseason, Reich doesn't seem to have any added incentive coaching against McDaniels and the Patriots.

"Yeah, not really. I’ve respected Josh [McDaniels]’s career from afar but I’ve never met him personally, so nothing extra there for me at all really," he said.

Reich and the Colts enter the game 1-3 following a tough overtime loss to the Titans Sunday, in which Reich made a controversial decision going for it on a fourth-down play late in the contest.

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