Reggie Wayne begins exciting new chapter as Colts WR coach


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The Indianapolis Colts have hired Reggie Wayne to be the team’s wide receivers coach for the 2022 season.

It seems like a stroke of genius that’s guaranteed to bring success to the Colts’ wide receivers.

Here’s what Wayne brings to the table.

He’s a Colts legend

Wayne, 43, is a legend in Indianapolis.

His name is on the Colts honor ring for good reason.

During his tenure with the Colts from 2001 to 2014, he was a Super Bowl champion, six-time Pro Bowler, a first-team All-Pro in 2010 and a second-team All-Pro in 2007 and 2009.

On top of all those accolades, he was the NFL’s receiving yards leader in 2007.

Good coaches know the job well and Wayne definitely ticks that box.

Young players who potentially idolized him growing up playing football will respond very well to his advice.

His television experience will help him

Wayne spent years on the NFL Network explaining his opinions and dissecting the game for viewers.

This experience will help him work with young players and should make him an even better teacher.

Not only does he know the material, but he is also able to communicate the fundamentals and the X’s and O’s to young players.

A natural career progression

As a veteran player, he mentored young receivers.

TY Hilton enjoyed his time with Wayne.

Hilton is a free agent who might be more likely to re-sign with the team now that Wayne is on board.

It was always a natural career progression for him, but he didn’t jump right into it after retiring from the game in 2016.

Regarding his general training style and preparation methods, Wayne said:

“I’m going to be me. That’s all I know to be. I don’t read books. I don’t do any of that…I know it’s a chore. I know I will be here all day. … No matter what they’re good at, I want to make sure they keep adding and keeping the guys sharp. And I hope I can add something else.

The QB Challenge

Wayne knows a lot about building chemistry with quarterbacks.

He had it with Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck.

The Colts are temporarily without a starting quarterback.

When they find their 2022 QB1, he will be their fifth quarterback in five seasons.

Colts receivers will start from scratch with whoever that quarterback is.

Although Wayne was fortunate not to have that turnover when he was with the Colts, he will be an excellent advisor for those players.

Conclusion

Colts head coach Frank Reich has been trying to fit Wayne into his coaching staff for years.

Wayne is a well-rounded guy with many interests.

Could this coaching gig lead to a more permanent role and long tenure in NFL coaching?

We will have to wait and see.




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