Buffalo tracks: Bolts promote Frank Reich; Lions reportedly like Bill Lazor
Perhaps two coaches with local ties will become the NFL's newest offensive coordinators.
The San Diego Chargers promoted former Buffalo Bills quarterback Frank Reich today. The Detroit Lions reportedly are expected to hire former University at Buffalo assistant Bill Lazor.
Chargers coach Mike McCoy wasted little time in naming Reich, the popular Bills backup QB and conductor of The Comeback. The Chargers' previous offensive coordinator, Ken Whisenhunt, left Monday to be head coach of the Tennessee Titans.
Reich was the Chargers' quarterbacks coach. He previously was the Arizona Cardinals' receivers coach and Peyton Manning's position coach with the Indianapolis Colts in 2009 and 2010.
Chargers.com editor Ricky Henne posted a quote from quarterback Philip Rivers about Reich's influence this year. The Chargers reached the second round of the playoffs.
"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 because there is a guy that stood in the pocket and can relate to you on a personal level because he has done it."
ESPN reported new Lions coach Jim Caldwell is expected to hire Lazor, the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterbacks coach this season. Lazor also interviewed for the Miami Dolphins' unfilled coordinator vacancy.
Lazor, a Cornell grad from Scranton, Pa., was UB's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Jim Hofher in 2001 and 2002.