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Eagles reportedly hire ex-Terp Frank Reich as offensive coordinator

Offensive coordinator Frank Reich of the San Diego Chargers works along the sideline during a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 3, 2016 in Denver.
Offensive coordinator Frank Reich of the San Diego Chargers works along the sideline during a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 3, 2016 in Denver. (Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)

The San Diego Chargers dismissed Frank Reich this month as offensive coordinator.

The former Maryland quarterback didn't wait long to reclaim the role elsewhere.

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Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers has a word with offensive coordinator Frank Reich during a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 3, 2016, in Denver.
Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers has a word with offensive coordinator Frank Reich during a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 3, 2016, in Denver. (Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Eagles hired Reich to oversee their offense, an NFL source told The San Diego Union-Tribune Wednesday. There in Philadelphia, he reunites with Ryan Mathews, the former Chargers running back who rushed for 1,255 yards in 2013. The San Diego running game was futile the past two seasons, and while player personnel was a large factor, including Mathews' injuries in 2014, Reich was fired Jan. 4 as part of the effort toward a turnaround.

His replacement is in place.

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Ken Whisenhunt, his predecessor, returned last week. Whisenhunt, a former Ravens tight ends coach, served as the Chargers' coordinator in 2013 with Reich the quarterbacks coach. Reich was promoted to a first-time coordinator and play caller in 2014 when Whisenhunt became the Titans' head coach. San Diego averaged 3.4 yards per carry that first season under Reich, second-to-last in the NFL. In 2015, it averaged 3.5 yards, ranking last.

Buffalo Bills backup quarterback Frank Reich (14) twirls the football while starting quarterback Jim Kelly (12) and quarterback coach Jim Shofner talk during a break on the first day of the Bills training camp Friday, July 22, 1994, in Fredonia, N.Y.
Buffalo Bills backup quarterback Frank Reich (14) twirls the football while starting quarterback Jim Kelly (12) and quarterback coach Jim Shofner talk during a break on the first day of the Bills training camp Friday, July 22, 1994, in Fredonia, N.Y. (BILL SIKES / Associated Press)

The Chargers' most efficient run in that span was out of the shotgun.

That coincided with the coaching staff's belief the team, from a personnel standpoint, wasn't built to run power football consistently with the quarterback behind center.

Between shotgun runs, much of the Chargers' offense was predicated on a short-control passing game. In 2015, it flourished over the first half of the season despite injuries to the offensive line. The Chargers owned the NFL's No. 1 offense in the first eight games, averaging 423.3 net yards. Philip Rivers led the NFL with 2,753 passing yards and a 69.8 completion rate. He added 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

A top quarterback can mask deficiencies elsewhere.

A breaking point came in Week 8.

Frank Reich 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.

Wide receiver Keenan Allen suffered a season-ending lacerated kidney on a touchdown catch at M&T Bank Stadium. Thus, Rivers lost a weapon that helped the offense compensate for its missing dimension. In the eight games for which Allen was out, Rivers totaled 2,039 yards with a 62.0 completion rate. He had 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. The Chargers owned the NFL's 24th-ranked offense, going from averaging 423.3 yards to 320.4. Coming out of the Week 10 bye, the Chargers were held to three points, three times in a four-game span. It was the first time in the franchise's 56-year history that it scored three or fewer points three times in a four-game span.

Former Maryland quarterback Frank Reich, now San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator, was interviewed for Maryland's head coach vacancy.

Reich's dismissal was part of sweeping changes on the offensive coaching staff. The team also parted with its offensive line, tight end, wide receivers and assistant offensive line coaches.

Reich, 54, interviewed for the Terps head coaching job in November that went to DJ Durkin.

—Michael Gehlken, Tribune Newspapers

Diggs honored: Former star Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team after a standout first season with the Vikings.

Diggs, a fifth-round draft pick, caught 52 passes for 720 yards and four touchdowns.

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—Daniel Gallen,Baltimore Sun Media Group

Around the league: The Seahawks signed former Ravens defensive end DeAngelo Tyson to a reserve/future contract. ... The Steelers signed defensive back Jordan Dangerfield (Towson) to a reserve/future contract.

Maryland football

Virginia Tech RB to transfer in, report says

Junior running back Trey Edmunds has transferred from Virginia Tech to Maryland for his final season of eligibility, HokieHaven.com reported Wednesday, citing sources. Maryland is the alma mater of his father, Ferrell Edmunds, who played tight end in the NFL from 1988 to 1994 with the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks. As a redshirt freshman in 2013, Trey Edmunds started 10 of the Hokies' 12 games. He finished with 675 yards and 10 touchdowns on 166 carries, but didn't start any more games over the next two seasons.

Recruiting: Three-star running back LaDerrien Wilson of Osceola (Fla.) High announced his commitment to the Terps on Twitter. Wilson, a consensus three-star prospect, is ranked as the No. 74 running back in the nation by 247sports.com. He was originally a Virginia commit — where current Maryland associate head coach and defensive line coach Mike London was head coach and wide receivers coach Chris Beatty was running backs coach last year — but he decommitted and reopened his recruitment.

Daniel Gallen, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Coaches: Maryland defensive coordinator Scott Shafer and offensive coordinator Walt Bell are on three-year contracts, and assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Pete Lembo is on a two-year contract, according to memorandums of understanding obtained by The Baltimore Sun in a public records request. Shafer's contract is worth $2.25 million. Bell's is worth $500,000 annually for a total of $1.5 million. Lembo will make $350,000 per year for two years.

For more contract details, read Daniel Gallen's blog post at baltimoresun.com/trackingterps.

More colleges

Sparrows Point's Shiflett to play soccer at UMBC

Senior Jamie Shiflett, who led the Sparrows Point girls soccer team to three straight Class 1A state championships and left the program as its all-time leading scorer, has committed to UMBC. A two-time All-Metro forward, Shiflett scored 20 goals and added four assists as the Pointers went 17-0 and claimed their second straight Baltimore County championship in the fall.

Glenn Graham

Football: A pair of road games against opponents Towson will face for the first time highlight the nonconference schedule announced Wednesday. Towson will open Sept. 3 at South Florida and play at Dartmouth on Oct. 15. The other nonconference game will be Sept. 10, the home opener against Saint Francis (Pa.).

Et cetera

Reed, Mikulski, Torre to be honored at Aspire Gala

Former Ravens safety Ed Reed, U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Torre will be honored at the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation's 12th annual Aspire Gala on Feb. 12 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. Amber Theoharis Mikulski and Reed will receive the Aspire Award and Torre the Cal Sr. Award. Gala proceeds will benefit the foundation, which helps build character and teach life lessons to underserved youth in America's most distressed communities. Details at ripkenfoundation.org.

Major League Soccer: The Seattle Sounders signed midfielder Michael Farfan, who spent last season with D.C. United, where he appeared in 17 matches.

Sailing: Annapolis-based Farr Yacht Design has released the first 3-D renderings of the new Super 12 yachts that will be sailed in the San Francisco Yacht Racing Challenge beginning in July 2017 on San Francisco Bay. Britton WardBruce Farr has come out of retirement to consult on the project. ... Defending champion Bella Mente, skippered by Hap Fauth of Minneapolis with Terry Hutchinson of Harwood as tactician, has taken the lead in the Maxi 72 class more than halfway through the Quantum Key West Race Week regatta.

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Boxing: Gary Russell of Capitol Heights will fight Pat McCormack of England in a light welterweight bout at the World Series of Boxing season opener between the USA Knockouts and British Lionhearts tonight at the Miccosukee Sports & Entertainment Dome in Miami.

Baseball: Ed Smith Stadium, the spring training home of the Orioles in Sarasota, Fla., has won the Field of the Year Award from the Sports Turf Managers Association.

Minor league basketball: Cameron Cook (Hood, Calvert Hall) scored 24 points as the host Bay Area Shuckers (6-3) earned a 103-39 win over D.C. Funk House (1-6) in the American Professional Basketball League.

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