Colts coach Reich ‘very optimistic’ Rivers will be Indianapolis QB for multiple seasons
- Frank Reich does not believe Philip Rivers commitment to coaching St Michael Catholic High School will not compromise his Colts career.
Philip Rivers signed a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts two months ago and has announced he already has a job lined up after he retires.
Colts coach Frank Reich, however, believes Rivers will still be the team’s quarterback after the 2020 season.
"I really believe it's Philip's intent to play multiple years," Reich said on a Monday conference call. "I personally believe he is more than capable of multiple years. But as far as how the actual contract gets worked out, it's the NFL, so we keep things realistic there. But I'm very optimistic it'll be a multi-year thing."
Reich’s comments come after it was announced on May 8 that the 38-year-old Rivers would coach St Michael Catholic High School in Alabama after his retirement.
Rivers, who spent his first 16 NFL seasons with the Chargers, contemplated retirement before agreeing to a one-year, $25 million deal with the Colts following a disappointing 2019.
"It was a normal contract negotiation. There was push and pull on each side, a multi-year deal and this deal and trying to get numbers and everything to balance out right, and it finally just came down to what it was," Reich said.
"But I think the spirit of it was, 'Hey, we're in this together,' and as long as Philip wants to play, he wants to be here."
An eight-time Pro Bowler, Rivers, whose 59,271 passing yards and 397 passing touchdowns both rank sixth in NFL history, joins an Indianapolis team that went 7-9 in 2019 and has missed the playoffs in four of the past five seasons.