We'll see, but if the Eagles were betting men, I think they'd bet Wentz plays opening night. When Reich was introduced on Tuesday, there was nearly a guarantee that he was going to have answer a question about McDaniels, and that question came near the end of his 10-minute press conference.
"That's why our entire organization is singularly focused on building a team you will be proud of". Eight hours later, McDaniels backed out of the deal and chose to remain with the Pats in the same job.
Chris Ballard isn't the only one in the building who believes the rivalry is back on, it seems. The Colts hired Ted Marchibroda as their head coach in 1992, a few days after he served as Buffalo's offensive coordinator in their loss to Washington in Super Bowl XXVI.
But this wasn't just about sending a message. They're a high-flying team whose offense runs through their head coach, Doug Pederson. He also has a stellar reputation, and his myriad of life experiences and the people he has worked with make him the ideal fit for us and our fans. Like [Colts owner Jim] Irsay said, this is a insane business and I could not be more excited than to have those three coaches.
It sure didn't take long to make the decision.
He replaces Chuck Pagano, who was sacked hours after finishing the season with a 4-12 record and missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year. For Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, this is great news. "I can't say enough about just him being in his prime, his experience, everything he brings to the table". We're also preparing actively for off-season free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft. Reich was sacked with Caldwell's staff when Caldwell was let go. But we also know what happened last time McDaniels was a head coach.
"I embrace it", said Reich, of his rather unusual position.
Reich moved on to coach wide receivers in Arizona in 2012, then took the quarterbacks coaching job in San Diego in 2013.
He joins the franchise after a personal high, having been offensive co-ordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles when they won Super Bowl LII earlier this month. His most famous performance came in 1993 when he led the Bills back from a 35-3 deficit to beat the Oilers in an AFC Wild Card game. This is where I got my start, my first coaching job.
Being a very public second choice is nothing new to Frank Reich.
Teams often gravitate toward that next young offensive or defensive mind. He's a great communicator and a high quality person.
Reich graduated from the University of Maryland where he was a backup to Boomer Esiason.
They both knew the Patriots were incredible researchers, so the plays they'd run in the Super Bowl had to have some piece of newness to them.