New Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich has outlined his vision for bringing success back to the franchise.
Reich will be taking on his first NFL head coaching role when the Colts kick off the 2018 season in September and will be looking to bring an end to a three-year streak without reaching the playoffs.
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.
“Today is a new chapter,” he said, before talking in depth about what he wants to bring to a Colts team which slumped to a 4-12 record last season in the absence of injured quarterback Andrew Luck.
“I could not be more excited. I just want to thank Mr. Irsay and the entire Irsay family for giving me this opportunity. I really believe we’re going to work together to do something special for this city and this organisation.
“We will be the toughest team both mentally and physically. What I mean by that, is there will be a relentless pursuit to get better every day and an obsession with finishing strong.
“We will be the most disciplined team. We will have the structure, we will have the system, and we will have the processes that cultivate discipline.
“We’re going to be the most prepared team. We’re gonna be about creating and cultivating championship habits and championship thoughts.
“And we’re going to be the most united team. It’s gonna be built around trust, respect, and love.”
Reich is also not worried about being the Colts’ second choice to take over as coach, coming into the role only after Josh McDaniels performed a u-turn and stayed in his role as New England Patriots offensive co-ordinator.
“The backup role has suited me well in my career,” former second-string quarterback Reich said, with a smile on his face.
“I embrace it. That’s just part of this business. The ebbs and flows of it are exciting. If you can’t embrace it, you should go do something else.
“It’s an exciting opportunity, to forge together with other men around a common vision and move forward.”