Colts hire Eagles OC Reich as head coach

After a surprising and embarrassing renewed search for a head coach, the Indianapolis Colts hired Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich on Sunday.

Reich is expected to be formally introduced at a Tuesday press conference, the Colts announced.

The Colts' decision to hire the Super Bowl-winning coordinator wrapped up an intensive coaching search after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' stunning move to back out of an agreement in principle that led to the team announcing Tuesday that he would be introduced at a news conference Wednesday.

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FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 13: Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots reacts after winning the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - 2005: Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 29: After Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threws his second touchdown pass of the game to break Peyton Manning's single season record, he gets a pat on the head from offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
(KG) SP12MCDANIELS -- The Denver Broncos announced Josh McDaniels as their new head coach Monday evening, January 12, 2009. McDaniels was most recently the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots under Bill Belichick. Denver Post photo by Karl Gehring (Photo By Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER - MARCH 16: A fan holds a sign for the controversy between Josh McDaniels and Jay Cutler of the Denver Broncos during the Denver Nuggets v the New Jersey Nets on March 16, 2009 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Josh McDaniels, the new head coach for the Denver Broncos, seems to be fitting right in as the Denver's newest head coach. In his office, overlooking the practice field at Dove Valley, McDaniels watches game tapes and catches up on paper work. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER - SEPTEMBER 20: Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos oversees warm ups prior to facing the Cleveland Browns during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 20, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Browns 27-6. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
ENGLEWOOD, CO - CIRCA 2010: In this photo provided by the NFL, Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Englewood, Colorado. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
ENGLEWOOD,CO--SEPTEMBER 24TH 2010--Denver Broncos head coach, Josh McDaniels at Broncos headquarters at Dove Valley during press conference Friday morning. Andy Cross, The Denver Post (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 3: Head Coach Josh McDaniels, quarterbacks Kyle Orton #8, Brady Quinn #9 and Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos watch a replay during a timeout against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 3, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Broncos defeated the Titans 26-20. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is patted on the head by head coach Josh McDaniels after a 1yd touchdown during the second quarter of play against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday November 14, 2010 at Invesco Field at Mile High. Photo by Joe Amon, The Denver Post (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 20: Head coach Steve Spagnuolo of the St. Louis Rams and Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels discuss the previous play against the Tennessee Titans at the Edward Jones Dome on August 20, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Szczepanski/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams gets a pat on the rear from offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers won 24-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 24: New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (#83), Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels, and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#12) share a laugh at today's Patriots practice. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on the sidelines during the first quarter. The Denver Broncos take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on January 19, 2014. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 15: Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels talks with Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots prior to the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
November 16, 2014: Indianapolis Colts head coach Bill Belichick and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels talk on the sidelines during a football game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 28: Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots looks on before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 4: Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels waves while holding the Lombardi trophy during the New England Patriots victory parade on February 4, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 25: Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels celebrates when Tight End Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots has a Touchdown against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images for New York Jets)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16: New England Patriots offensive coordinate Josh McDaniels looks on during warm ups prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 27: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels prior to the National Football League game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets on November 27, 2016, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets 22-17. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 22: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels looks on during the second half against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 22: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (left) and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (right) share a laugh just after Brady came onto the field for pre game warmups. The New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 22, 2017. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels celebrates during the New England Patriots victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - MAY 25: New England Patriots offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels mugs for the camera during New England Patriots OTA on May 25, 2017, at the Patriots Practice Facility in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JULY 27: New England Patriots offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels watches the quarterbacks during New England Patriots training camp on July 27, 2017, at the Patriots Practice Facility in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 13: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts with Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels before the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 25, 2017: Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (L) and head coach Bill Belichick (R) of the New England Patriots walk off the field for halftime of a preseason game on August 25, 2017 against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. New England won 30-28. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots celebrates after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The NFL Network first reported Reich's agreement on a five-year deal, and it was confirmed by other media outlets and ESPN, which reported earlier Sunday that Reich was the favorite for the job.

Reich, 56, emerged as the favorite for the job after meeting with Colts general manager Chris Ballard on Friday.

"We are excited to have Frank Reich as our new head coach," Ballard said in a statement. "Frank is a leader of men who will demand excellence from our players on and off the field. I look forward to working with Frank to deliver a championship-caliber team to the city of Indianapolis."

Reich's resume was enhanced with quarterback Nick Foles leading the Eagles to a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots last Sunday in Super Bowl LII. The Eagles' offense, led by Carson Wentz before his injury and then Foles, improved from 22nd in 2016 to seventh in the NFL this season.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Wide receiver Terrell Owens #81 on the field before the start of Superbowl XXXIX between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots delivers a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Linebacker Willie McGinest #55 of the New England Patriots chases quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 06: Linebacker Tedy Bruschi #54 of the New England Patriots sacks quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Wide receiver L.J. Smith #82 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after scoring on a 7-yard touchdown catch against Roman Phifer #95 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Defensive back Eugene Wilson #26 of the New England Patriots is tripped up after recovering a fumble in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Wide receiver Todd Pinkston #87 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks for an opening around Rodney Harrison #37 and Tedy Bruschi #54 of the New England Patriots after catching a 17-yard pass against the New England Patriots in the second quarter during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Wide receiver David Givens #87 of the New England Patriots catches a 4-yard touchdown pass against cornerback Lito Sheppard #26 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Runningback Corey Dillon #28 of the New England Patriots runs for 25 yards in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots scrambles after his own fumble that was eventually recovered by defensive tackle Darwin Walker #97 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Linebacker Mike Vrabel #50 of the New England Patriots celebrates with teammate Stephen Neal #61 after catching a 2-yard touchdown pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the third quarter during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Fullback Patrick Pass #35 of the New England Patriots looks for room to run in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Running back Corey Dillon #28 of the New England Patriots reaches across the goal line to score on a 2-yard touchdown run against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Running back Corey Dillon #28 of the New England Patriots looks for room to run in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, UNITED STATES: Philadelphia Eagles J.R. Reed is upended in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX 06 February 2005 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, FL. The Patriots lead 24-21 in the fourth quarter. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Wide receiver Terrell Owens #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a 36-yard pass against safety Dexter Reid #42 of the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Rodney Harrison #37, Asante Samuel #22 and Mike Vrabel #50 of the New England Patriots celebrate after defeating tight end L.J. Smith #82 and the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Rodney Harrison #37, Asante Samuel #22 and Mike Vrabel #50 of the New England Patriots celebrate after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, UNITED STATES: New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) is hoisted in the air after his team's 24-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX 06 February 2005 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, FL. This is the Patriots third Super Bowl title in four years. AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with team owner Robert Kraft after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 6: Rodney Harrison #37 and Christian Fauria #88 of the New England Patriots celebrate with the Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Lombardi trophy after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Colts finished an intensive round of interviews over the weekend after Ballard was left to explain the embarrassing circumstances in which McDaniels reneged on a deal. Ballard acknowledged there was no signed agreement with McDaniels.

In response to fans joking that they didn't believe the Reich hiring to be official, the Colts tweeted a photo of their new coach holding up Sunday's newspaper.

Ballard also interviewed Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier on Saturday. New Orleans Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell had talks with the Colts on Thursday.

Reich, a former NFL quarterback, began his coaching career in 2006 as an intern with the Colts and eventually was promoted to coach the quarterbacks and wide receivers until 2012. He left to become the wide receivers coach for the Arizona Cardinals for one year and in 2013 was hired by the Chargers as their quarterbacks coach before becoming the team's offensive coordinator the following year. He joined the Eagles in 2016.

"Frank is a tremendous coach and very deserving of this opportunity," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said in a statement. "As good as he is as a leader and teacher, he's an even better person. We could not be more excited for him as he takes this next step in his career and we wish him and his family all the best."

The Colts are coming off a 4-12 season and have missed the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, leading to coach Chuck Pagano's firing. Quarterback Andrew Luck missed the entire 2017 season due to recurring pain in his surgically repaired throwing shoulder

The Colts will have about $85 million in salary-cap space, according to ESPN, and the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft.

Meanwhile, Colts officials will be in Atlanta on Monday to pay their respects to Edwin Jackson, the 26-year-old linebacker who was killed in a drunken-driving crash on Feb. 4.

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NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 23: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on during a NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 01: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts takes the field for the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after stopping Matt Forte #22 of the New York Jets in the second quarter during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 5, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 01: Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Edwin Jackson (53) runs to the practice field during the Indianapolis Colts training camp on August 1, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 13: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts attempts to break up a pass during the game against the Buffalo Bills on August 13, 2016 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Indianapolis defeats Buffalo 19-18. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 13: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 13, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Lions won 24-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 29: Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Edwin Jackson (53) recovers a loose ball during the game against the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals on October 29th, 2017 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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