Former Maryland quarterback Frank Reich, the architect of two of the greatest comebacks in college and NFL history, is expected to be named the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles, according to multiple reports. The news was first reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Former #Chargers OC Frank Reich is expected to join the staff of new #Eagles coach Doug Pederson, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 18, 2016
Reich occupies a special place in Maryland lore, as he helped lead the Terps to victory an incredible comeback victory over Miami in the 1984 Orange Bowl. He came off the bench in the second half to throw six touchdowns, turning a 31-0 halftime deficit into a 42-40 win.
He was taken by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 1985 NFL draft, and led them to a similarly improbable comeback victory. His Bills were down 38-3 in the third quarter of a 1993 Wild Card Playoff game against the Houston Oilers, but led them to a 41-38 victory. Reich spent 10 of his 14 NFL seasons in Buffalo, making a career-high seven starts with the New York Jets in 1996.
He started his coaching career as an intern with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006, becoming an offensive assistant in 2008. In 2012, he served wide receivers coach for the Arizona Cardinals. He became the San Diego Chargers' quarterbacks coach in 2013 before getting promoted to offensive coordinator in 2014. He was fired last week.
Reich finished fourth in a Testudo Times poll titled "Who should be Maryland's next head football coach," and we wrote about his case for Maryland's head coaching job here.