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NFL notebook: Colts announce Reich as new head coach

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12 Feb 2018, 09:21 GMT+10

Former Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich was officially hired as the new coach of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

The Colts announced that Reich signed the contract and will be introduced in a press conference Tuesday. The deal is for five years, according to reports.

"We are extremely excited to announce Frank Reich as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts," team owner and CEO Jim Irsay said in a press release. "Frank has all the ingredients of a successful head coach: intelligence, innovation, character, organizational and leadership skills, and a commanding presence. He also has a stellar reputation, and his myriad of life experiences and the people he has worked with make him the perfect fit for us and our fans. I feel extremely fortunate and could not be more excited for Colts Nation and the future of our franchise."

Reich's hire ends a whirlwind coaching search for the Colts after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels withdrew from an announced agreement become the team's head coach on Tuesday.

-- Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson is still basking in the glow of the Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.

Never shy, Johnson got in one more shot at the Patriots on the Pardon My Take podcast, published on Barstool Sports.

"I just think that The Patriot Way is a fear-based organization," Johnson said, via NESN.com. "Obviously, do they win? Hell yes, they win. They've won for a long time. Do I think people enjoy and can say, 'I had a lot of fun playing there'? No, I don't. That's just the God's honest truth. They're successful, but when they go to interviews, they act like (expletive) robots. Hey, stop being a (expletive) head. We can be cordial for a little bit.

"You only get to do this job one time, so let's have fun while we're doing it. Not to be reckless, but I'd much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls. But hey, it is what it is."

-- Miami Dolphins cornerback Tony Lippett, who missed last season because of a torn Achilles, said he is on pace to participate in the team's offseason workouts, which begin in April.

"I've been good, man. Grinding," Lippett told reporters at the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, a fundraising event at Hard Rock Stadium. "It's been intense, it's been good. I learned a lot about my body. Getting better every day."

Lippett was a fifth-round pick out of Michigan State in 2015, playing sparingly as a rookie for Miami. He moved into a much bigger role in 2016, starting 13 games, making 67 tackles and intercepting four passes.

And then he suffered the torn tendon during a non-contact play in 2017 training camp.

-- Former NFL head coach Jerry Glanville is joining June Jones' staff with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, according to multiple reports.

Glanville, 76, will serve as a defensive assistant. Last year, he was a guest coach at the Tiger-Cats' training camp.

Glanville last coached at Portland State from 2007-09, where he was 9-24.

Known for dressing in black and leaving tickets at will call for Elvis Presley, the quirky Glanville went 63-73 as coach of the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons from 1985-93. His teams went 3-4 in the playoffs.

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