Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (6) and quarterbacks coach Frank Reich, right, in the second quarter of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-6. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Select Frank Reich As Offensive Coordinator

The San Diego Chargers have agreed to make QB Coach Frank Reich the new offensive coordinator to fill the vacancy that was left by Ken Whisenhunt, per Ian Rapoport. This will be Reich’s first opportunity as an offensive coordinator in the league.

Reich has paid his dues as a quarterbacks coach and as a wide receivers coach in the past with the Indianapolis Colts and the Arizona Cardinals. He had been the quarterbacks coach with the Chargers this season and has already gotten the respect from Mike McCoy and Philip Rivers. It is his job to run the show now.

Will he have a more aggressive philosophy? We won’t know until we see him making the play calls next season. He should have elements from Ken Whisenhunt’s playbook, but he might want to put the ball in the air more. We just have to wait and see.

Reich was the expected person to be named the new offensive coordinator with Ken Whisenhunt heading to Tennessee, so this news does not come as a surprise.

Congrats to Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich.

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  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    Good move. A bit of continuity from this past season, and Reich has a good pedigree as a former player.

  • Conor Cahill

    Good hire. I’m glad Philip and the offense will have some continuity.

  • vct

    Hail the third Reich lol.

  • JoseSD

    Good for continuity but who knows if its the right choice, he’s never been a playcaller or OC. It kinda reminds me of when there was no OC with Norv so RB coach Ollie Wilson was promoted to offensive coordinator/ assistant head coach he had the title but Norv was running the show

    • arnie

      True. McCoy has never been a Head Coach until this season either. However he was smart enough to hire an OC with HC experience. Reich isn’t going into this blind, his boss was a pretty good play caller too. Everybody has to start somewhere.

      • JoseSD

        Hope he gives Reich the power to actually call the plays and its not just a promotion in title only

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i am wondering about that… i hope he calls the plays also

        • arnie

          Oh absolutely. But let’s remember two things. Reich wasn’t just a coach yesterday, he’s been earning his way up the ranks and paid his dues. Not only has he been a QB but he’s been calling plays for a while. What do you think CBJ is doing on the sideline? Also they let him call plays in the pre-season. So he’s not new to this.
          The other, norv is gone. McCoy doesn’t give me the impression he would make a token move like that. He said there was a plan from day one. And i’m guessing having Reich on staff, was in the scenario of “…what happens if Whiz leaves?…” I’m not worried. That guy in Denver was the was the QB coach when McCoy left, he seems to be doing fine. Even got some job offers.

  • arnie

    Excellent move. I hope they back that up with giving Reich a good assistant or QB coach.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Totally on board with this. I like that they didn’t waste time.

    • arnie

      Totally. Now he can be involved with evaluations, and draft decisions.

  • Cgoodness13

    Like the move, hope nobody tries to steal Joe.D away from us

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      he is under contract… only way he can leave is if we let him or if we grant permission for someone to take him

      • Cgoodness13

        Weh that’s a relief

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      or if someone offers him a head coaching gig…. i think i said the same thing on the first response

  • 619chargers4life

    Good stuff !!!!

  • Stefanie Smith

    Hey, does anyone know if Whisenhunt said anything about the Chargers thanking them for the opportunity? The reason I ask is I read that he thanked the Detroit Lions and the Browns for their interest but liked the fit better with the Titans. Did he ever thank Mike McCoy for the opportunity he got? I think they got hot with him in the end over that Denver game. I don’t think he will ever bring our name up again.

  • Captain Kush

    I hope he gets Ladarius Green more involved in the passing game.

  • FitzWilly

    Love this move and the timing
    things are looking better already :)
    Bolts 2014

  • tubbs45

    He is a great choice, comes from some very good OCs and is very well liked by players. In TT I trust, except for cox, that was not a very good call…

  • bolt up!

    I honestly love our gm telesco and mike mccoy there great for this team there great guys and glad they jumped right into promoting reich, they brought positive people with great positive attitudes to this team, no more negativity I love it!

  • SunnyDaily

    offseason plans they should consider

    sign DX to cheap contract cause i doubt he will ask for alot
    resign rinehart
    sign a top coner in free agency (is sam shields a free agent )
    sign or franchise tag donald butler
    get a guard
    1.pass rusher
    3.guard depth
    4.wide reciever depth
    6.o line depth