INDIANAPOLIS – Parks Frazier has spent the final 4 years studying on the ft of Frank Reich.
He spent lots of these days serious about how he may handle himself if and when he was within the place of the Colts’ newly fired head coach.
“The mentality of soccer gamers is the subsequent participant,” mentioned Frazier, Colts passing specialist/assistant quarterbacks coach. “So if you’re taking part in, you are continuously considering, ‘I’ve to be able to go, even when it isn’t my time.’ So in teaching, that was my method. No matter position I used to be in, after I was Frank’s assistant, I used to be approaching the job like, ‘If I have been a head coach, what would I do?’ Once I was assistant quarterback coach, I am watching and considering what would I do if I used to be in that place?'”
We’re about to search out out.
Frazier, 30, will take over playcalling duties for the Colts on Sunday – a job held by Reich previous to his dismissal on Monday. It is going to be Frazier’s first expertise calling performs in stay motion at any stage of soccer.
It was an unconventional week for the Colts, who changed Reich with interim head coach Jeff Saturday, a former Colts Professional Bowl offensive lineman and ESPN analyst who has no teaching expertise past highschool.
Frazier’s appointment to the caller position comes two weeks after the firing of Colts offensive coordinator Marcus Brady, leaving the workforce with restricted choices for the final eight video games. Saturday initially focused veteran quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich for the job, in line with sources, however Milanovich ultimately turned down the job.
That made Frazier a good selection, given his shut work with the workforce’s quarterbacks and his historical past with Reich. Frazier, in line with Saturday, can be thought of one thing of a “bum” on the workforce who will not be primarily liable for any group of positions. This, Frazier mentioned, permits him to take over the playcalling roles with out making a void elsewhere.
Frazier, who will likely be among the many youngest gamers in soccer, takes on the position below troublesome circumstances. It is not simply the abrupt nature of the adjustments; it is also that the Colts have the bottom scoring offense in soccer (14.7 factors per recreation) and have an offensive line that has skilled a surprising quantity of regression in 2022. Add Frazier’s inexperience and the scenario turns into extra advanced. Frazier believes there is just one method to fight this.
“In some ways, you need to simplify,” he mentioned. “We’ll choose our greatest ideas and we will be nice at them. And we will settle for the truth that we will get right into a recreation possibly squeezing our bundle and be nice at our particulars.
“That is one thing I took alongside the best way. All of our coaches on our workforce imagine that.”
Frazier made no guarantees besides one.
“I’ll by no means say I’ve all of the solutions,” he mentioned. “However that is what I advised the blokes – I’ll work exhausting to search out them, and that is all I can do is say, I’ll do my greatest.”