2022-11-25 14:28:12

Colts owner Jim Irsay insists his firing of Frank Reich wasn't personal

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By Alex Raskin Sports

Frank Reich's firing as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts wasn't personal, team owner Jim Irsay told ESPN amid a wave of criticism over the decision.

Most notably, Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni slammed the dismissal following Sunday's 17-16 win over the Colts in Indianapolis, telling reporters, 'that s*** was for Frank Reich.' Sirianni is a former Colts assistant and Reich mentee.

Reich was fired by Irsay on November 7 following a 3-5-1 start and was shockingly replaced by former Colts center Jeff Saturday, an ESPN commentator whose coaching experience was limited to high school football.

'Frank is a treasured friend of my family and all my daughters,' Irsay told ESPN. 'We go back a long, long way. I'm very, very close to Frank, and I've known Frank for many decades. He's like family.'

Irsay pointed to the contract extension that he gave Reich before the season began in spite of the fact that the Coach still had two years remaining on his deal at the time. The decision wasn't easy, Irsay admitted to ESPN, but he ultimately agreed to a new deal to lock up Reich for five more seasons.

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