Monday, January 13, 2014
Bolts on the move with Whisenhunt gone
By Eric D. Williams
SAN DIEGO -- With ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reporting that San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt has accepted a job as the next head coach of the Tennessee Titans, look for Mike McCoy to move quickly to fill the vacancy with his team.
And McCoy might already have the man for the job on his coaching staff in quarterbacks coach Frank Reich.
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.
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.
The Chargers would like to get a person in place sooner rather than later, with player evaluations to get done and draft preparation heating up with the Senior Bowl next week.
Asked specifically if he's ready to promote Reich to offensive coordinator by reporters in San Diego on Monday, McCoy said he would make an announcement when a decision is made.
"I've got a plan for every position we have on staff, just like everything else we do here," McCoy said. "So I'll let you know when we make changes."
Another possible candidate is former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, who coached McCoy when at Denver in 1995. Kubiak served as the offensive coordinator for the Broncos, and McCoy was a rookie training camp arm.