Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who missed all of last season recovering from shoulder surgery, says he is looking forward to the aggressive offensive style of new coach Frank Reich.
Reich, the former Bills quarterback who served as offensive coordinator for the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles, was formally introduced by the Colts on Tuesday and said he wants his offense to be a “multiple, attack, up-tempo offense” that is “aggressive.”
“That sounds great,” Luck told Colts.com. “I know all the best offenses that I’ve been a part of in my career, we’ve not been static and we’ve attacked. And I’m sure he’ll have a great flavor and we’ll involve as many people as we can, and attacking defenses is what it’s all about.”
Reich, a former backup quarterback with the Buffalo Bills, has previously worked with quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Carson Wentz, among others.
“Going back to his playing days, he’s incredibly successful, and he’s been around some awesome quarterbacks,” Luck said of Reich. “And I hope I can learn from him and ask him how Peyton or Carson or Philip did it, and find the best way for me or for whatever Colt quarterback way that is. I hope I can give him the most that I can give, and that he can help me get out of me the most that’s there.
“You can learn something from everybody, and certainly our history shapes so much of how we think and (our) thought process, and I’m really excited to hear his thought process and how he did it as a player and how he’s seen other players do it, and how he’s done it as a coach. I think that could have a very positive impact on our team.”
Reich, who was offensive coordinator for the Eagles for the past two seasons, began his pro coaching career in Indianapolis as an offensive coaching staff assistant with the Colts in 2008 and quarterbacks coach in 2009-10.
Luck had surgery to repair a torn labrum in January 2017 with the intention of being ready for Week 1 of this past season, but he didn’t return to practice until October. Soon after, Luck began feeling soreness in the shoulder — attributed to biceps tendonitis — and was placed on injured reserve so he could pursue a full recovery.
Luck originally injured his shoulder Week 3 of the 2015 season, then aggravated it in Week 2 of 2016. He played through the injury that season, missing only one game because of a concussion and throwing for 4,240 yards with 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
The Colts signed Luck to a six-year, $140 million contract in June 2016 that at the time made him the highest-paid player in the NFL, based on guaranteed salary.