Former Maryland QB Frank Reich promoted to Chargers OC

Former Maryland QB Frank Reich promoted to Chargers OC
January 15, 2014, 1:00 pm
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(Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Maryland quarterback Frank Reich has been promoted to offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers following the departure of Ken Whisenhunt to Tennessee, the team announced on Tuesday.

Reich, who served as the team's quarterbacks coach for one season, steps in for Whisenhunt, who took the head coaching job with the Titans.

“With Frank as offensive coordinator, we will be able to maintain continuity on offense and help maximize the production by Philip and the entire unit,” head coach Mike McCoy said in a statement. “He has a great feel for the offense we have created and he has been a valuable asset to Philip [Rivers] and all of the quarterbacks.”

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Remembered most about Reich's time at Maryland is the comeback he orchestrated against Miami on Nov. 10, 1984. In that game, Reich led the Terrapins back from a 31-0 deficit to beat the Hurricanes, 42-40.

He would later be drafted in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills and played in the league for more than a decade.