Recently fired from his post as San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator, Frank Reich will fill the same position for the Philadelphia Eagles' new coaching staff.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported Monday that Reich would join new Eagles head coach Doug Pederson in Philadelphia as the franchise moves on from the Chip Kelly era.
Sean Kane of CSNPhilly.com wondered what Reich's arrival means for last year's offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and how it may impact the team's draft strategy:
Sean Kane @SKaneCSN
Have to think Frank Reich joining Pederson's staff as OC means no more Shurmur. Which likely means no more Bradford. Will Eagles draft a QB?1/18/2016, 6:33:22 PM
Reich had never called plays before his two-year stint in San Diego doing so. After overseeing an offense that helped the Chargers to a 9-7 record in 2014, everything fell apart amid a woeful 4-12 campaign this past year.
The season before he filled the OC spot, the 54-year-old was the Chargers quarterbacks coach and oversaw Philip Rivers' Comeback Player of the Year campaign in 2013, in which the quarterback matched his best passer rating of 105.5.
Known as a player as Jim Kelly's longtime backup with the Buffalo Bills, Reich has moved up the ranks rather quickly since beginning his coaching career in 2008. He brings plenty of credibility to his post in Philadelphia, but he has seldom worked without an elite QB in place.
Sam Bradford hardly looked like a former No. 1 overall pick and was largely mediocre in his maiden season with the Eagles. Since he is a free agent, there's a fair chance Bradford could be gone and the franchise could opt for an alternative answer under center.
With the 13th overall pick in the 2016 draft, Philadelphia could well select a solid QB prospect.
Memphis' Paxton Lynch and North Dakota State's Carson Wentz figure to be on the board at that spot. The Cleveland Browns are the only other team in dire, immediate need of a quarterback in the top 12, so Reich may well be breaking in the Eagles' hopeful future face of the franchise.
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