Chargers promote Frank Reich to offensive coordinator

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San Diego Chargers quarterbacks coach Frank Reich was promoted to offensive coordinator, replacing Ken Whisenhunt.

Whisenhunt was named head coach of the Tennessee Titans.

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

Added general manager Tom Telesco: “Frank is an outstanding football coach with tremendous experience in the league as both a player and coach, including 10 years as a quarterback with the Buffalo Bills in one of the most productive offenses in NFL history. He also has worked with some outstanding coaches and quarterbacks. We’re fortunate to have Frank on our staff.”

Reich, 52, joined the Chargers last season as quarterbacks coach as PhilipRivers completed a team-record, career-best and NFL-leading 69.5 pct. of his passes for 4,478 yards, 32 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

“Frank has been great,” Rivers said. “It is great having him. He is a heck of a coach. His steadiness from week to week, the way he helps prepare us and coaches is second to none. His playing career obviously helps and his preparation. His 14 years of playing experience is valuable in itself. There is a guy that stood in the pocket and can relate to you on a personal level because he has done it. He is a heck of a teacher. It was great having him and it was a great first year start with him.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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