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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay spoke back to a pair of the criticisms of the team’s decision to fire head coach Frank Reich, telling ESPN’s Stephen Holder that the choice used to be
“no longer non-public. It be the very opposite from being non-public.”
“Frank is a treasured buddy of my family and all my daughters,” he added. “We return an extended, good draw. I’m very, very shut to Frank, and I’ve known Frank for plenty of an extended time. He’s like family.”
Those comments came within the wake of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Cleave Sirianni—Reich’s veteran offensive coordinator in Indianapolis for three seasons—going over to the fans within the closing moments of his team’s 17-16 rep over the Colts and yelling, “That sh-t used to be for Frank Reich.”
His protection of Reich persisted in his postgame press convention.
“I’m emotional on fable of I like Frank Reich,” he suggested newshounds. “He’s one in all the finest rattling soccer coaches I’ve ever been around. I hoped he and I’d be ready to show against every other on this game.”
“You don’t wish to know what I mediate about whether or no longer [Reich] have to peaceable be right here or no longer, on fable of you guys can potentially imagine what I actually mediate,” Sirianni added. “I like him. So I obtained a itsy-bitsy bit emotional about that.”
Reich went 40-33-1 in ingredients of five seasons as Indy’s head coach, leading the team to playoff berths in 2018 and 2020 and one playoff rep.
A quarterback carousel nowadays—since Andrew Good fortune’s comely retirement earlier than the 2019 season, the team cycled thru Jacoby Brissett, Brian Hoyer, Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan and Sam Ehlinger at the attach of abode—didn’t support his motive.
Irsay also came below fire for selecting to rent veteran Colts offensive lineman Jeff Saturday—who had no trip as a head coach at either the legit or college ranges—to be Reich’s meantime replace in attach of a more experienced option.
“It be main to achieve that Jeff’s a actually original particular person that used to be in a actually original attach of abode to absorb the form of qualities that can perhaps most definitely well develop him ready to develop a transition like this,” Irsay suggested Holder. “More basically than no longer, it’s gonna be somewhat anxious. Might moreover I develop a rent like this all every other time? Maybe no longer. I point out, if I used to be lucky sufficient to are living long sufficient to complete this for 75 years, it’s potentially once in 75 years. I point out, it used to be a rare ingredient since the conditions presented themselves that draw.”
So far, Saturday has gone 1-1 within the operate, and the Colts simply about pulled off an upset of the 9-1 Eagles before blowing a 16-3 fourth-quarter lead.
Regardless, Irsay stands within the support of every and each Reich’s firing and Irsay’s rent.
“Of us mediate that Jeff used to be gonna attain in be a miracle worker. I point out, what more or much less delusional outing had been they on? They’ve their original anecdote and something that goes against that anecdote, they do no longer wanna write except they have to. And one way or the other they’ll. They’ll stare the sunshine. However all we can live is deal with Pittsburgh, and then when the offseason hits, we’ll live a necessary and devoted interview job, which I’m looking at for.”