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Chargers add Frank Reich to offensive staff

The Chargers know that if they’re going to have to improve, they’re going to have to get Philip Rivers back on track.

They continue to hire solid offensive coaches around him, with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King reporting they’re hiring Frank Reich as quarterbacks coach.

Reich was on new Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt’s staff in Arizona, and along with new Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, gives Rivers three bright minds to work with.

It might also spark Rivers’ recently dormant ability to lead come-from-behind situations, something Reich knows a little about since he led the biggest comeback in playoff history for the Bills against the Oilers in the 20 years ago.

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22 Responses to “Chargers add Frank Reich to offensive staff”
  1. thetickiam says: Jan 18, 2013 11:47 AM

    Plus the biggest comeback in college history for University of Maryland vs U of Miami

  2. larrydavid7000 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:49 AM

    That’s the answer Frank good job San Diego Stay Classy.

  3. mazblast says: Jan 18, 2013 11:50 AM

    One thing we know Reich knows about is how to be prepared as a backup QB.

    As for that comeback against the Oilers–Reich is the first to admit that he was the QB who helped get the Bills in that huge hole in the first place, including a Pick Six IIRC.

  4. FinFan68 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:52 AM

    The way the chargers blew leads last year, this hire may be for comeback purposes

  5. lanjoith says: Jan 18, 2013 11:58 AM

    People keep talking about Rivers needing to fix something but its not him, it’s his horrid offensive line. Rebuild the line and he will shred defenses again just like he always has. You don’t lose the Pro Bowl left side of your line (McNeill & Dielman) and expect to not miss a beat.

  6. redzona says: Jan 18, 2013 12:08 PM

    If Frank Reich is such a good QB coach someone should ask Whiz why he was the receivers coach in Arizona?? Don’t kid yourselves, its for a reason

  7. arzcardinals says: Jan 18, 2013 12:14 PM

    LOL, we had him in AZ…..he did such a great job.

    Expect to see the QB’s at practice standing around throwing at trash cans and at these stupid net targets.

    Have fun SD. Rivers will be downgraded by this guy alone.

    Hey SD….go hire Russ Grimm while your at it….he did such a good job with our O line while he was here….we were #1…if #1 is worst in the league in sacks, qb pressures, and overall horrible play.

  8. icardfan says: Jan 18, 2013 12:14 PM

    So now that Wiz and Reich aren’t Cardinals coaches they are brilliant offensive minds? As long as you don’t let Wiz draft anybody you’ll be ok.

  9. joetoronto says: Jan 18, 2013 12:21 PM

    I remember that crazy comeback against the Oilers like it was yesterday.

    That was something that will never get forgotten.

  10. tdk24 says: Jan 18, 2013 12:24 PM

    Good to hear his name again. I remember that comeback game against the Oilers like it was yesterday.

  11. dannymac17 says: Jan 18, 2013 12:28 PM

    Considering Rivers has many come from behind victories in his career, I am failing to see what you are saying.

    Look at the season when he came back to beat the Giants, Cowboys on the road in the last minute of the game.

    You can’t complete a come from behind victory, if you don’t have a line to protect you and stay upright.

    Build the O-Line for the love of god.

  12. purpleguy says: Jan 18, 2013 12:53 PM

    The guy is a religious extemist that believes in Calvinism, so that ought to go well. The more I think of it, I wonder why he’s even coaching if everything is pre-ordained.

  13. bnort81 says: Jan 18, 2013 1:09 PM

    The third offensive coach hired or…The Third Reich?

  14. JSpicoli says: Jan 18, 2013 1:18 PM

    You cannot say comeback without thinking of Frank Reich.

  15. westclaims says: Jan 18, 2013 1:53 PM

    Icardfan has it right. Funny how now that they are no longer AZ coaches, they are great offensive minds. So typical to say something like that.

  16. MTLighthouse69 says: Jan 18, 2013 2:30 PM

    lanjoith said:”People keep talking about Rivers needing to fix something but its not him, it’s his horrid offensive line. Rebuild the line and he will shred defenses again just like he always has. You don’t lose the Pro Bowl left side of your line (McNeill & Dielman) and expect to not miss a beat.”


    It is both. No one forces Rivers to throw all of those interceptions, and no one forced Rivers to drop a snap in KC in 2011 at the end of the game when all the Chargers needed was a field goal at the end of the game to win it.

    Rivers could have thrown the vast majority of those interceptions away, but he kept trying to force something out of nothing. It wasn’t until towards the end of this past season when Rivers was finally throwing the ball away instead of forcing it. It was a day late and a dollar short. The Chargers had virtually no chance of making the playoffs at that point. Rivers has been a turnover machine for the most part of the last two seasons, it wasn’t just this year. Why it took him so long to stop forcing the ball I haven’t a clue.

    Even if the offensive line is all fixed up, there is no guarantee that Rivers will perform like he used to. He is not as young as he used to be and he has that awful throwing motion.

  17. rklapp says: Jan 18, 2013 2:31 PM

    No stache, no job.

  18. kpow55 says: Jan 18, 2013 2:37 PM

    Cardinals could clone Belichick or resurrect Lombardi and Bidwells would still find a way to screw it up.

    It will be interesting to see how Wiz and Reich do in a new environment.

    While you are it, please send over that newly disgruntled Horton fella too.

  19. MTLighthouse69 says: Jan 18, 2013 2:38 PM

    @ dannymac17

    When you get a chance, you ought to go look it up and see when the last time Rivers has had a fourth quarter come from behind victory. IIRC, it was quite a long time ago.

    Rivers is about as immobile as it gets. It can’t be all blamed on the o-line. Rivers inability to complete a pass when rolling out also plays into his problems. If a defense thinks that all they have to do is flush him from the pocket and the play is pretty much over, then the defense has a huge advantage over Rivers as compared to other QBs in the league.

    Yes, the offensive line is an issue, but by no means does that let Rivers off of the hook.

  20. rayguyreturns says: Jan 18, 2013 5:54 PM

    “Chargers add Frank Reich to offensive staff”

    Well that does it. It’s time to pack for their Super Bowl trip.

  21. dave hogan's dark horse dispatch says: Jan 18, 2013 7:15 PM

    Geez there are some Rivers Apologists, those games against NYG, Dallas were 4yrs ago, Rodger

  22. raiderapologist says: Jan 18, 2013 7:38 PM

    Where’s humb0lt with his Super Bowl Express rants? Choo choo!

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