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Frank Reich
Offensive Coordinator
College:
University of Maryland
Hometown:
Lebanon, PA
Experience:
23

Bio

Just one year after joining the Chargers as the team’s quarterbacks coach, Reich was elevated to offensive coordinator in 2014.

Reich’s rapid ascent was well-deserved, considering the work he did with quarterback Philip Rivers, a Pro Bowl selection in 2013. Working under Reich, Rivers completed a team-record and NFL-leading 69.5 pct. of his passes last season (378 of 544) for 4,478 yards (third-highest of his career) with 32 touchdowns (second-most of his career) and just 11 interceptions for a career and team-record-tying passer rating of 105.5. Rivers also set a team mark for single-season completions (378) and he ended the regular season having thrown a touchdown in 20 straight games, tied for the second-longest streak in team history. The same quarterback who threw 83 touchdowns and 48 interceptions over the last three regular seasons posted nearly a 3-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2013 with 32 scoring strikes and just 11 interceptions. Rivers’ passer rating in 2013 was nearly 10 points higher than his career rating of 96.0 and his completion percentage was more than five percentage points higher than his 64.4 career ledger. Rivers also had one of his best postseasons as he continued to complete passes at a blistering rate (69.8 pct.), going 30 of 43 for 345 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 116.9 passer rating.

A native of Freeport, N.Y., Reich grew up in Lebanon, Pa., where his father was a high school coach. Reich played collegiately at the University of Maryland where he engineered the greatest comeback win in college football history. During his senior season in 1984, Reich led the Terrapins to a 42-40 win over the University of Miami in a game that Maryland at one point trailed 31-0. At the time, it was the largest deficit ever overcome in a college game. A year later, the Buffalo Bills selected Reich in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft. He spent 10 seasons in Buffalo and in 1992 he added to his repertoire by leading the greatest comeback in NFL history. A backup to Jim Kelly with the Bills, Reich was called on to start the Bills’ 1992 AFC Wild Card Playoff game against Houston for an injured Kelly and he rallied the Bills from a 35-3 deficit in the third quarter to a 41-38 win over the Oilers that to this day is still the greatest comeback in NFL history.

Reich left Buffalo after the 1994 season, spending one season in Carolina (1995), one with the New York Jets (1996), and two with Detroit (1997-98) before retiring in 1998.

In 2006, Reich accepted a coaching internship with the Indianapolis Colts. He spent two seasons as an intern (2006-07) before the Colts promoted him to offensive assistant in 2008, working with the team’s wide receivers and quarterbacks. He had a talented cast in Indianapolis that included Super Bowl MVP and perennial Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning and Pro Bowl wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Reich remained in that role in Indianapolis until 2012 when he moved to Arizona and became the wide receivers coach for the Arizona Cardinals where he worked with Pro Bowl pass-catcher Larry Fitzgerald. He joined the Chargers in 2013.

Reich and his wife, Linda, have three children. His younger brother, Joe, is the head coach at Wingate (N.C.) University.

Just one year after joining the Chargers as the team’s quarterbacks coach, Reich was elevated to offensive coordinator in 2014.

Reich’s rapid ascent was well-deserved, considering the work he did with quarterback Philip Rivers, a Pro Bowl selection in 2013. Working under Reich, Rivers completed a team-record and NFL-leading 69.5 pct. of his passes last season (378 of 544) for 4,478 yards (third-highest of his career) with 32 touchdowns (second-most of his career) and just 11 interceptions for a career and team-record-tying passer rating of 105.5. Rivers also set a team mark for single-season completions (378) and he ended the regular season having thrown a touchdown in 20 straight games, tied for the second-longest streak in team history. The same quarterback who threw 83 touchdowns and 48 interceptions over the last three regular seasons posted nearly a 3-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2013 with 32 scoring strikes and just 11 interceptions. Rivers’ passer rating in 2013 was nearly 10 points higher than his career rating of 96.0 and his completion percentage was more than five percentage points higher than his 64.4 career ledger. Rivers also had one of his best postseasons as he continued to complete passes at a blistering rate (69.8 pct.), going 30 of 43 for 345 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 116.9 passer rating.

A native of Freeport, N.Y., Reich grew up in Lebanon, Pa., where his father was a high school coach. Reich played collegiately at the University of Maryland where he engineered the greatest comeback win in college football history. During his senior season in 1984, Reich led the Terrapins to a 42-40 win over the University of Miami in a game that Maryland at one point trailed 31-0. At the time, it was the largest deficit ever overcome in a college game. A year later, the Buffalo Bills selected Reich in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft. He spent 10 seasons in Buffalo and in 1992 he added to his repertoire by leading the greatest comeback in NFL history. A backup to Jim Kelly with the Bills, Reich was called on to start the Bills’ 1992 AFC Wild Card Playoff game against Houston for an injured Kelly and he rallied the Bills from a 35-3 deficit in the third quarter to a 41-38 win over the Oilers that to this day is still the greatest comeback in NFL history.

Reich left Buffalo after the 1994 season, spending one season in Carolina (1995), one with the New York Jets (1996), and two with Detroit (1997-98) before retiring in 1998.

In 2006, Reich accepted a coaching internship with the Indianapolis Colts. He spent two seasons as an intern (2006-07) before the Colts promoted him to offensive assistant in 2008, working with the team’s wide receivers and quarterbacks. He had a talented cast in Indianapolis that included Super Bowl MVP and perennial Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning and Pro Bowl wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Reich remained in that role in Indianapolis until 2012 when he moved to Arizona and became the wide receivers coach for the Arizona Cardinals where he worked with Pro Bowl pass-catcher Larry Fitzgerald. He joined the Chargers in 2013.

Reich and his wife, Linda, have three children. His younger brother, Joe, is the head coach at Wingate (N.C.) University.

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