Marv Levy says Frank Reich has ‘it’ as a coach
Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills head coach Marv Levy believes Frank Reich has ‘it.’
Levy told ESPN in Indianapolis that the Colts made the right choice in hiring his former backup quarterback from their nine years together in Buffalo.
“Every time I studied Frank, the more and more I thought, ‘This guy has it,'” Levy said.
The 92-year-old spent 1986-1997 in Buffalo, while Reich was with the team from 1985-1994. Levy also admitted he put in a “good word” for Reich prior to his hiring this weekend. Reich will officially be introduced on Tuesday at a press conference.
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels previously accepted the position and then backtracked, opting to stay with the Pats.
“I was pulling very hard for [Reich] to get the job,” Levy said. “This guy is not only a great teacher and coach, he’s such a great guy that he’ll work so well with everybody in the organization. He’s a high-character individual. He will study like you can’t believe and his preparation will be incredible.”
Interestingly, Levy said he never recalled Reich as a player he could see coaching one day. But upon visiting a Colts’ practice during Reich’s tenure as quarterback coach, a position Reich held from 2009-2010, when he was working with Peyton Manning, Levy became convinced.
“I’m thrilled that he is [in Indianapolis],” Levy said.