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#pounditSaturday, May 15, 2021

Colts’ Frank Reich stands by controversial 4th down call

Frank Reich

Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich may have turned a tie into a loss for his team on Sunday, but he says he’d do the same again.

With 24 seconds left in overtime and the game tied, Reich elected to go for it on 4th and 4 from the Colts’ 43. Indianapolis could have punted and likely salvaged a tie, but the conversion attempt failed and the Houston Texans were able to move the ball into field goal range to kick the game-winner.

Reich said after the game that he’d go for it every time in that situation.

Reich had the backing of quarterback Andrew Luck, who said he and his teammates “loved” the decision.

It’s an admirable stance to take, but the odds weren’t great on conversion and the risks outweighed the benefits. Reich’s job is to win games, but barring that, he needs to avoid losing them. His decision here contributed to a defeat.

It’s only the latest unusual decision Reich has made since taking over the Colts. This will be his most controversial one yet.

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