Frank Reich: No thoughts of cutting Quenton Nelson clip on ‘Hard Knocks’

INDIANAPOLIS – Frank Reich could have nixed a brief segment from Wednesday’s episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.’’ The team has final say on editorial content.

Viewers never would have seen Quenton Nelson approach his head coach in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After the Indianapolis Colts’ offense had a streak of 26 consecutive drop-backs by quarterback Carson Wentz despite featuring NFL-leading rusher Jonathan Taylor, the All-Pro guard asked Reich if he would dial up a “straight run call’’ on the next series.

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“JT’s hungry,’’ Nelson said of Taylor.

“I was glad it showed on ‘Hard Knocks,’’’ Reich said Friday. “They showed it to me beforehand.

“No thoughts of cutting that.’’

The reason? Reich wanted to give the national viewing audience a glimpse into the inner workings of the Colts. Player input during a game is sought, considered and oft-times incorporated into the game.

“I want people to see that,’’ Reich said. “I want people to see our players and the fire and the passion and the conviction.’’

Leaders on the team have been told it’s acceptable, even encouraged, to approach their play-calling coach – offense, defense, special teams – if the situation warrants. That clearly includes Nelson, whose arrival as the 6th overall pick in the 2018 draft coincided with Reich’s first year as head coach.

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