Frank Reich, Former Bills Quarterback, Becomes Colts' Quarterback Coach

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIJanuary 25, 2009

Frank Reich was long considered one of the very best backup quarterbacks in the National Football League.

He was drafted in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft but was confined to the role of backup because the Bills already had future Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly as the starter.

Reich made the most out of what little playing time he had.

Most remember him for his role in the greatest comeback in NFL history when he rallied the Buffalo Bills back from a 35-3 deficit in the 1992 playoffs and defeated the Houston Oilers in overtime by the score of 41-38.

Although Reich had gathered a positive reputation for being a capable backup, his coaches were always encouraging him to enter the coaching ranks.

Bill Polian, who is now the President of the Indianapolis Colts, once served as the General Manager in Buffalo.

He encouraged Reich to play as long as he could but to seriously consider entering coaching when he retired. Polian, who later became the General Manager of the Carolina Panthers, drafted Reich in the 1995 expansion draft and continued to give Reich the same advice.

Frank Reich finally took everyone's advice.

At the beginning of the 2008 offseason, Reich entered Colts training camp as an assistant.

Jim Caldwell, the quarterbacks coach for the Colts for years, has since been promoted to become the head coach of the team.

He has appointed Frank Reich to the role of quarterbacks coach.

Reich comes from a family of coaches. His father was a high school coach and his brother was a coach in the college ranks.

Now Reich will have his opportunity to make his mark in the world of coaching.

He's certainly got an exceptional talent to work with.

Quarterback Peyton Manning is the reigning league MVP and has been to the Pro Bowl the past seven years in a row (not to mention in nine times out of his 11 seasons).

I have a feeling that Reich will work out just fine.