INDIANAPOLIS — Mike Groh, who was hired last month as the Indianapolis Colts' new wide receivers coach, recently sat down with Colts.com's Larra Overton and discussed his opportunity in Indy, working with head coach Frank Reich, the opportunity to coach veteran T.Y. Hilton and more.
Here's that conversation, which you can watch in its entirety above:
You were in a similar position in Philadelphia with head coach Frank Reich in 2017, when you won the Super Bowl. How excited were you to be reunited with Reich in Indianapolis?
Groh: "Well, we're really excited to be here in Indianapolis and be a part of the Colts organization, certainly, to be here with the Irsay family and Chris Ballard and obviously familiarity with Coach Reich, and being able to be a part of what he's putting together here in Indianapolis is a great opportunity."
What's exciting to you about the staff that you're joining and the talent on the roster?
Groh: "Well I know we've got a very talented nucleus of young players, certainly, here to work with, and Frank and Nick putting the offense together, being a part of the meetings here for the last couple weeks, getting to know the system and the coaching staff here, it's very exciting for me to be a part of such a great staff."
Having worked with Reich in Philadelphia, what made it apparent to you that he'd not only be a head coach down the line, but somebody that you'd want to work with if given the opportunity?
Groh: "Well Coach, he's seen it all, both as a player and now in his career as a coach here in the NFL; seen just about everything that can happen. And I thought we had a tremendous working relationship in that one year together in Philadelphia, and there's synergy in terms of what we're doing here in Indianapolis and what we were doing in Philly, and I know what Frank and Nick have done in their past together. So there's a lot of overlap and carry-over for me offensively from system to system. But just to be able to work with them in a great football town like Indy is exciting."
You've seen success at the highest levels, winning a Super Bowl with the Eagles and national titles at the college level with Alabama. What are the benefits you draw from those experiences that you bring to Indy?
Groh: "Well I think the more systems you're in then the more familiarity you (have) with different concepts and different ways to teach certain things. So you can draw on that experience, and obviously we're all here to win the last game of the year — that's the goal each and every year, is to be world champions and to be able to hoist that trophy like we were talking about before, and get another ring. So we've got a lot of work that we wanna get done here, and are excited about it."
You haven't had a whole lot of time yet in Indianapolis, but what's your general sense of the city and the fanbase so far?
Groh: "Well everybody speaks so highly of the community and, certainly, the city, and we know how loyal they are to the Colts and the energy that they bring to the gameday atmosphere here every Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. So we're just anxious to get here and really sink our teeth into it and get going."
You've coached a lot of talented wide receivers, and will add to that list here with T.Y. Hilton. How much are you looking forward to working with him and this receiver group overall?
Groh: "Yeah, we've got a lot of good, young talented players, and then T.Y. has been able to do it for a long time and has had sustained success. So I know with his experience and certainly his talent we can build a lot of things off of that, and just work together — partner up with each other — and try to get these guys to play as best they can."