Frank Reich out as San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator
By By Michael Gehlken
San Diego Union-Tribune|
Jan 04, 2016 | 4:08 PM
Significant changes are coming to the Chargers' coaching staff.
They include the dismissal of their play caller of the past two seasons.
Former Maryland star quarterback Frank Reich is out as offensive coordinator, sources said Monday. He was a hot head coach candidate a year ago, interviewing for the Bills and Jets' positions. He also interviewed for the Maryland job in November. But while the franchise has retained coach Mike McCoy, it is moving on from many assistants following a 4-12 season.
Reich was one domino to fall.
Others are expected to be known over the coming hours. Part of this offseason for the Chargers is expected to be devoted toward rectifying a running game that, in part due to significant personnel shortcomings, has been at or toward the bottom of the NFL the past two years. San Diego averaged 3.5 yards per carry in 2015, worst in the NFL. It averaged 3.4 in 2014, second-worst.
Reich is expected to land on his feet in short order.
Who will replace him remains to be seen. Ken Whisenhunt, his predecessor, notably had a strong working relationship with quarterback Philip Rivers during their 2013 season together. Whisenhunt then became the Titans' head coach. He was fired last month.