By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Philadelphia Eagles have reached an agreement with Frank Reich to be the team’s offensive coordinator for Doug Pederson’s coaching staff. Reich will come to the Eagles after being the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, it’s a done deal. He was scheduled to interview with Pederson today.
While he’s the offensive coordinator, Pederson is still expected to be the team’s play calling. He’s expected to have some input on what plays are called, though.
It’s different than the role he would have had if he was hired by the Miami Dolphins, who were interested in him, before settling with Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen. The former Colts assistant coach is expected to have just an administrative role with the title, as first-year head coach Adam Gase is the play-caller.
Reich was fired by the Chargers after the season when Mike McCoy was given an opportunity to coach another season. However, after the 4-12 season, McCoy was forced into making coaching changes to keep his job – which led to Reich and others leaving town.
He was blamed for the Chargers lack of running game – even when they had Danny Woodhead, Melvin Gordon III, Donald Brown and Dreamius Smith in the backfield. Reich wasn’t the one opening the blocks for those backs when it was the responsibility of the offensive line.
While the Chargers running game failed in the mind of McCoy, the team’s passing attack did not fail with Philip Rivers leading the charge. Rivers led the league in completed passes this season – and even had a career game against the Green Bay Packers when he went 45 of 65 for 503 yards with two touchdowns.
Rivers also had nearly 4,800 yards and 29 touchdowns. His fewest passing yards in a game was against the Denver Broncos at home on Dec. 6th when he went 18-of-35 for 202 yards.
The Chargers were also plagued with injuries that affected the offense, including rookie Gordon, the team’s first round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
With the Eagles, he already has a bigger running game with DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. Of course, the team can make moves to release or trade Murray in the off-season after his horrendous first-season with the Birds under Chip Kelly, who did not use him properly.
If the Eagles re-sign quarterback Sam Bradford, he’ll have a similar signal caller compared to Rivers, who has a strong arm and can pass the game down the field. Pederson has been noncommittal on whether the team would re-sign him.
Earlier today, there was a report from USA Today’s The Big Lead that said that Bradford wanted $25 million from the team. That was before talks broke off in the summer time after he was acquired from the St. Louis Rams — now the Los Angeles Rams – for Nick Foles and draft picks.
The team is also expected to hire former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, who was let go from the Browns after they hired Hue Jackson as their new head coach. With Reich and DeFilippo, the Eagles would have two bright minds, who can mentor their quarterback, whether it’s Bradford or not.