I wrote about the possibility of Frank Reich being retained as San Diego Chargers‘ offensive coordinator when Ken Whisenhunt’s name was starting to circulate around the league for possible head coaching jobs. It’s inevitable that the current Chargers’ offensive coordinator finds a head coaching job and the current favorite bidder for Whisenhunt are the Detroit Lions. Frankly, no one can compete with the Lions’ roster.
So, with the impending loss, Reich looks to be the strong favorite. The Chargers’ front office likes to hire within and with familiarity. Think about Norv Turner, Ted Cottrell, Ron Rivera and John Pagano.
The obvious down on Reich is his lack of play-calling experience, but everything else is on the up and up, including his time with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis. Then, the obvious question of the play calling is, does Mike McCoy trust Reich enough to handle all the play calls?
Reich could do just fine, but we’ll see into the 2014 season when the pieces start falling into place.
If the Chargers go in a different direction, then who would be on the table? Here’s a short list of candidates.
Joe Philbin. The current Miami Dolphins head coach is on the hot seat even though the Dolphins have reportedly committed to Philbin. He was brilliant as an offensive coordinator with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, but only mediocre as Ryan Tannehill’s head coach in Miami.
Rob Chudzinski. It’s a longhot, but there is a rapport with Philip Rivers. It’s not the same system as McCoy’s offense, but the key hiring point is familiarity.
Norv Turner. Just kidding.