Indianapolis Colts sign coach Frank Reich and general manager Chris Ballard to new long-term deals

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Head coach Frank Reich and general manager Chris Ballard sign the Indianapolis Colts to bring them up to 2006; team owner Jim Irsay said, “I truly believe that you will see a golden era develop as we enter this decade, sitting here in 2021.”

Colts head coach Frank Reich and general manager Chris Ballard have signed renewals that will keep them in Indianapolis through the 2026 season.

“In Chris Ballard and Frank Reich, we have the same great combination of general manager and head coach as in the NFL, and I can’t tell you how proud I am to be leading our franchise,” Irsay said in a statement. … …

“I truly believe that this football team is on the cusp of great achievement and that is because of the culture that both have cultivated during their time with the Horseshoe.

“Whether we are heading for the playoffs or facing challenges, building our roster or making community changes, we have the ideal leaders in Chris and Frank.”

Under Reich, the Colts were struck by the departure of Andrew Luck and will have a new starting quarterback in 2021.

Jacoby Brisset, Philip Rivers and Carson Wentz, if they are healthy, will become a series of starters in Indianapolis.

Ballard’s undisputed draft picks include professional defender Quenton Nelson, midfielder Darius Leonard and running back Jonathan Taylor.

“I truly believe that you will see the development of a golden era as we enter this decade, sitting here in 2021,” Irsay said in March.

“I believe in it with all my heart and soul. There are good reasons to believe this. You are talking to people in the league and people who know they will agree with what I say when they look at Chris Ballard and Frank. Reich and the expectations of this decade that we place on both of them leading the team. “

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