The one move that defined the 2018 NFL season for all 32 teams

ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 09: Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden looks on during a news conference at Oakland Raiders headquarters on January 9, 2018 in Alameda, California. Jon Gruden has returned to the Oakland Raiders after leaving the team in 2001. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 09: Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden looks on during a news conference at Oakland Raiders headquarters on January 9, 2018 in Alameda, California. Jon Gruden has returned to the Oakland Raiders after leaving the team in 2001. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 09: Head coach Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts reacts in the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 09: Head coach Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts reacts in the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Indianapolis Colts: Hiring Frank Reich

It looked like the Colts had their next head coach locked up after dismissing Chuck Pagano. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was fixing to come in and hopefully revive the offense around the returning Andrew Luck. Then at the last second, things changed. McDaniels balked and informed the team he was reneging on his agreement, deciding to return to the Patriots.

It was a low point for the Colts, who’d already missed out on getting their primary target Matt Nagy who went to Chicago. Things have a funny way of working out though. GM Chris Ballard acted quickly. He brought in Frank Reich, offensive coordinator of the reigning champion Philadelphia Eagles for an interview shortly after the announcement. Not long after he was hired as the new head coach in Indianapolis.

Under his direction, the Colts have experienced a major rebound. They’re 7-6 and in the thick of the playoff chase. Luck is having one of the best seasons of his career and the defense is also playing better than it has in years.