Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; (Editors note: Caption correction) San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) and quarterbacks coach Frank Reich before the start of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Frank Reich: “An Offensive Mastermind”


Ryan Mathews was in attendance for the second day of OTAs after missing out on practice the first day. He is good to go and ready to start working. He is excited to get working with Frank Reich and the offense that he will be bringing to the table. He already has called Reich an “offensive mastermind”.

That is better than an “offensive genius” right?

It will be fun to see what Frank Reich pulls on offense. How much more creative will he be with his offensive personnel and will he mix in that fast pace offense that he used in Buffalo. That definitely is one of the things I will be watching during the preseason and more into the regular season.

Reich has some nice pieces to work with on offense. He has Philip Rivers running the ship and has a lot of weapons to work with. He has a lot of running backs to use on the field as well. Ryan Mathews and Donald Brown will get a lot of looks on the field, but Danny Woodhead should see plenty of time on the field as well. I wonder if Reich plans on putting a pair of those guys on the field at the same time. There could be a lot of mismatches that he could exploit with his personnel.

Reich will build on Whisenhunt’s base that had been started and will just add his own wrinkles into the mix.

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  • FitzWilly

    can’t wait to see the new offense in action
    if it’s anything like the “comeback game in Buffalo”
    it’s gonna be the Wild West again in San Diego
    With Sheriff Bolo calling the shots :)

    • Bolty

      Who called the playoff game against Denver last year, Wizenchump? Reich? Another game like that and we’ll be talking about a fourth OC. The Chargers need to step on throats and finish out games like the Broncos, Patriots, etc. Don’t let off the throttle, don’t turtle, just run up the freakin’ score if you have to. The Chargers could be up 28 points and none of us, not one would be comfortable with that lead, not if you’ve been a Charger fan for any length of time.

      • Tazzster

        YES! Definitely more throat stomping…..

        or something like that…..

      • FitzWilly

        agree totally
        i’m pretty sure wiz called that turd

        • Stefanie Smith

          Yes. Whisenhunt called that one on purpose.

          • FitzWilly

            a little from column A
            and a little from column B

  • arnie

    What doesn’t worry me is Coach Reich resume. I watched the A Football Life: ’93 Oliers and sure enough they showed ol’ Frank leading the comeback for the bills from 35-3. The bills went on to the Superbowl after that win.
    Little know facts are, Frank called a lot of the plays Jim Kelly executed on the field. The other, Coach Reich is not know to be “conservative”. What closer to the truth, Reich has been the OC for the Chargers all along. I think they hired Whisenhunt because of his experience as an OC AND a HC, to help McCoy through his first season. Whiz was a short timer, San Diego was stopping point, on his way to his next HC gig.
    Reich, has been in this spot before, on the sidelines, sending in plays for the QB, as well as “being” one.
    I look forward to what the offense will look lie with year in this system and Reich being more “aggressive” approach.

  • FitzWilly

    The Third (OC in three years) Reich shall rise again
    All Hail Frank

  • Stefanie Smith

    Reich is fine with me. Everyone was about ready to send Rivers to the glue factory, but FRANK fixed him, not so much Whisenhunt. Rivers talked about Frank a lot last year and seems to have a lot of respect for the guy.

    Watch. He will be stupendous and we are sitting in the playoffs again, with Frank, on the sidelines, on his cell phone, scheduling his interviews. Kidding…

  • cam

    Most dynamic, well-rounded, RB core in the NFL…?

    • Captain Kush

      The 49ers have a better core.

      • Sergio Quintero

        The eagles pair of McCoy & Sproles is downright scary.

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    Didn’t they say the same thing about Turner? “Offensive mastermind” I’m not making any claims until I see him and how the constructs the offense for the players that he has.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      he was the offensive genius

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        Turner or Reich?

        • Julien Bélair

          turner genius…….reich mastermind

          • tubbs45
          • Marcel West-Bailey

            I have seen no record for Reich. Not that he can’t coach I just haven’t seen much of him except for him playing in Buffalo. Turner was a mastermind though. The guy was/is brilliant and could draw up the greatest offense you have ever seen but we didn’t have the pieces.

          • arnie

            THAT would throw a cloud over turners “genius” status for me. In dallas with all the first, second an third round talent they had, how could you not be labeled a genius?
            If you don’t have the pieces, why are drawing up that play?

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Because he probably thought it would work. You can’t deny he was genius but it’s the top tier leaders that put their players in the best position to succeed. He didn’t do that. Think of him as one of those extremely intelligent people who are incredibly smart but lack social skills. Like someone who has Aspergers. He’s kinda like that. Extremely smart but lacks a critical piece in being able to succeed at the highest level.

      • Robert Fairbanks

        There was a time when many fans called A. J. Smith a genius, how did that claim pan out?

  • Tazzster

    As long as he can figure out that he should run the ball when you have it on the 1 yard line, I’ll be good.

  • Victor Ruvalcaba

    The only one thing I dislike is when a Offensive or Defensive coach does really good at his job they always get called to to be a coach for another team I hope that doesn’t turn out for us with Reich because I have a feeling he’s going to be a great OC for us. But then again they deserve the opportunity….so will see how he turns out…BOLT UP

    • arnie

      I agree. Sometimes it’s best to “know your role” and “stay in your lane”.
      Being good at one thing doesn’t mean he would be good at another. coughnorvcough. I hope Reich understands the difference.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i hate when that happens as well. they all deserve a chance to get out there, but can we have a good dude for a while?

  • Sergio Quintero

    Can’t say much until I see in preseason and obviously in the regular season, my personal beliefs in offense are balance, try to play from ahead, and don’t be afraid to outsmart your opponent.

    So from me personally I want:
    - A passing focus to start the game to try to get a lead.
    - Use more high speed no huddle.
    - Use more QB under the center to have more options in the running game
    - Play action pass more
    - Play more with a power focus in the red-zone, multiple TE’s, QB under center, repeat again play-action pass, and use Green more.
    - With Floyd in the lineup add some of the throws there were basic in the Norv offense, that comes second nature to Floyd.
    - 2-4 deep throws a game to push the safeties of the box.
    - At least for early in the game, 2nd & long is a passing down, until you are playing from ahead, I saw to many run-run-pass drives late in the season for my liking.
    - With a lead go ahead and be 75% run team.

  • buckeye54

    I think Reich is going to surprise a lot of people and be a better OC than Whisenhunt. Based on his QB career and the greatest comebacks in the history of the NFL and the NCAA(at that time) I think he’ll open up the offense more than Whiz. He’s talked about altering the tempo to keep defenses off balance, but I look for more quick strike passes this season. Come season’s end I don’t think we’ll be lamenting Whisenhunt’s departure.