Sunday, January 12, 2014
Moving Reich to OC makes sense for Bolts
By Eric D. Williams
DENVER -- San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy has a workout partner every game day when he runs the stadium stairs before his team’s pregame workout -- quarterbacks coach Frank Reich.
So it’s no surprise that, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Chargers are considering keeping Reich around as the team’s offensive coordinator once current offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt inevitably departs to take a head-coaching gig.
Whisenhunt interviewed with Detroit, Tennessee and Cleveland this week, discussing head-coaching vacancies with each team. The Lions reportedly are the favorite to land Whisenhunt.
According to Schefter’s report, Whisenhunt would like to take Reich with him as his offensive coordinator. The Chargers control whether Reich stays or leaves, though, and San Diego likes him as its next offensive coordinator if Whisenhunt winds up elsewhere.
Reich played 14 seasons in the NFL, serving mostly as a backup quarterback with Buffalo, Carolina, the New York Jets and Detroit. He has developed a good rapport with quarterback Philip Rivers in his first season as San Diego’s quarterbacks coach.
“When you’re being coached by a guy who spent 14 years playing the same position you played, I think that goes a long way,” Rivers said. “Not just so you can get him to agree with you on how you see certain things, but yet he understands that. ... He’s a very good teacher. I was told as a young player, ‘Don’t get bored by the little things.’ And that’s one thing I can say about Frank Reich. He doesn’t get bored by the little things.”
One concern about Reich is experience. He has never served as an offensive coordinator in the NFL and has not called plays in his eight years as a coach in the league. So you wonder if McCoy would go back to calling plays like he did in Denver as Reich learns on the job.
“Frank’s done an outstanding job with them,” McCoy said, when asked how Reich helped in Rivers’ development this season. “I think Philip would say the exact same thing. The attention to details, the way he prepares, being a former quarterback, the fundamentals, the basics of playing the game, the progressions, all the little details of doing it right every snap. So he deserves a lot of credit for the way Philip’s played.”