Frank Reich is the no-brainer choice for Chargers offensive coordinator

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The Chargers have officially begun their search for an offensive coordinator after relieving both Joe Lombardi and QB coach Shane Day of their duties. In the coming weeks, we'll hear of quite a few names who might want their chance to work with Justin Herbert in Los Angeles.

When looking at all of the potential coordinator names that get thrown around the position, there is one that clearly rises to the top all of the rest: former Colts head coach (and yes, former Chargers OC) Frank Reich.

Now, this clearly comes with a disclaimer that Reich is in contention for two head coaching jobs in Arizona and Carolina as of writing. However, the NFL media consensus as of now seems to indicate that the Super Bowl 52 Champion coordinator will effectively need another year at OC to boost his name back into HC consideration.

Why Frank Reich is a no-brainer for Chargers offensive coordinator:

Maximizing Justin Herbert's play and production

The first reason Frank Reich makes sense is his ability to get the best out of his quarterbacks. Reich has worked with different types of signal callers at both the coordinator and play-calling coordinator levels since his last Chargers tenure.

While Doug Pederson was the play caller in Philadelphia, Reich was instrumental in how he communicated with both Carson Wentz and Nick Foles over the course of the 2017 run. Wentz played at an MVP level that year while Foles became arguably the best backup in NFL history with his playoff performances.

The faith that both of them had in Reich as the play caller though is clearly visible in their post-Philadelphia careers too. Both Wentz and Foles came to Indianapolis because of their previous relationships with Reich.

As the primary play caller and offensive mind in Indianapolis, he was given constant turnover, year after year. And yet, he succeeded:

Andrew Luck had arguably the best season of his career, winning comeback player of the year after he missed the entirety of the 2017 season. Jacoby Brissett had his most efficient statistical season and led Colts went 7-9 after most projections had them as one of the worst teams in the league following Luck's sudden retirement.

Philip Rivers looked absolutely cooked in 2019 to any Chargers fan that watched. Reich got him to the playoffs in 2020 and he had a very respectable final season. Rivers bought into his system of maximizing production over the middle of the field while limiting turnovers.

Carson Wentz had a massive comeback year in 2021 with the Colts following his trade from Philadelphia, throwing 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions with Reich's system. Also, Reich's adaptability was on display here: he opened up the playbook with Wentz's arm on deep shots compared to what he had done with Rivers the year before.

I could keep going, but the point is understood. Reich is a mastermind quarterback whisperer and is able to get the best possible production out of whichever quarterback he's given. He's proven it over and over again. Give him Herbert and it would start to look real scary for the rest of the AFC. Outside of the aforementioned Luck, Herbert would be arguably the most talented quarterback Reich's ever had.

Lombardi was weighing Herbert down with his offense. Reich would get that Ferrari humming and they would finally be able to "throw that sh*t downfield" as Staley dreamed of in 2021's version of "All In".

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