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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - FEBRUARY 25: Head coach Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts interviews during the first day of the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

The Carolina Panthers are hiring Frank Reich as their next head coach.

Reich most recently served as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2018 to 2022, when he was fired mid-season.

The Panthers last made the playoffs in 2017 and fired head coach Matt Rhule this past season. Reich played for the Panthers in 1995, which was the team’s first season in the league, and threw the first touchdown pass in franchise history.

Carolina’s record was 7-10 this year. The Colts went 4-12-1.

Reich went to four Super Bowls as a player with the Buffalo Bills, where he was primarily a backup. He won a Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles following the 2017 season in which he was the offensive coordinator.

Reich was fired by the Colts after the team started 3-5-1. His firing came a little over one year after extending his contract through the 2026 season.

He was 40-33-1 during four-plus seasons in Indianapolis with a record of 1-2 in the postseason.

Brett talks about why hiring the Panthers’ first quarterback in franchise history makes sense for Carolina and what the decision means for interim head coach Steve Wilks and why he thinks it would be a bad idea for Reich to keep Wilks on his staff.


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