Frank Reich
Frank Reich as Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator (2017).
Personal information
Born: December 4 1961 (1961-12-04) (age 58)
Birthplace: Freeport, New York, U.S.
College Maryland
Quarterback, Head coach
Jersey #(s):
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
NFL Draft 1985 / Round 3 / Pick 57
Current team: Indianapolis Colts
As player:
Played for:
  • Buffalo Bills (19851994)
  • Carolina Panthers (1995)
  • New York Jets (1996)
  • Detroit Lions (19971998)
  • As coach:
    Teams coached
  • Indianapolis Colts (2008)
    Offensive coaching staff assistant
  • Indianapolis Colts (2009–2010)
    Quarterbacks coach
  • Indianapolis Colts (2011)
    Wide receivers coach
  • Arizona Cardinals (2012)
    Wide receivers coach
  • San Diego Chargers (2013)
    Quarterbacks coach
  • San Diego Chargers (2014–2015)
    Offensive coordinator
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2016–2017)
    Offensive coordinator
  • Indianapolis Colts (2018–present)
    Head coach
  • Coaching Stats
    Record (W/L/T):
    Career Stats
    TDINT     40 TDs–36 INTs
    Passing yards     6,075
    Passer rating     72.9 QBR
    Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
    Career highlights
    Highlights * Super Bowl champion (LII)
    Awards and Honors
    Frank Michael Reich Jr. (born December 4, 1961) is an American football coach and former player who is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). Reich played college football at the University of Maryland and was chosen by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft; he also played for the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets and Detroit Lions. Reich and Bills starting quarterback Jim Kelly formed one of the longest-tenured backup-and-starter tandems, playing together for nine seasons from 1986 to 1994. For a time, Reich had the distinction of having led his team to the biggest comeback victory ever in both the college and NFL ranks, including a 32-point comeback for the Bills in 1993.

    Starting as an intern with the Colts in 2006, Reich has also coached with the Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers. As the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017, Reich won Super Bowl LII.

    High school yearsEdit

    Reich attended Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, where he played baseball, football, and basketball. Reich started on the football team for his last two years in high school. He played quarterback in the Big 33 Football Classic following his senior year of high school.[1]

    College careerEdit

    Reich was accepted to the University of Maryland on an athletic scholarship, and played for the Maryland Terrapins football team as backup to starter Boomer Esiason for three years.[1]

    The biggest highlight of Reich's college career was the comeback he led against the Miami Hurricanes on November 10, 1984 at the Orange Bowl Stadium. Reich came off the bench to play for Stan Gelbaugh, who had previously replaced him as the starter after Reich separated his shoulder in the fourth week of the season against Wake Forest. Quarterback Bernie Kosar had led Miami to a 31–0 halftime lead. At the start of the third quarter, Reich led the Terrapins on multiple scoring drives. Three touchdowns in the third quarter and a fourth at the start of the final quarter turned what was a blowout into a close game. With Miami leading 34–28, Reich hit Greg Hill with a 68-yard touchdown pass, which deflected off the hands of Miami safety Darrell Fullington, to take the lead. Maryland scored once more to cap a 42–9 second half, and won 42–40, completing what was then the biggest comeback in NCAA history.[2]

    Professional careerEdit

    Reich was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round (57th overall) in the 1985 NFL Draft. The Bills already had drafted future Hall of Famer Jim Kelly in 1983 and when Kelly signed with the Bills in 1986, Reich was relegated to the backup role.

    Reich got his first start when Kelly went down with a shoulder injury in 1989. Reich led the Bills to two straight victories. He rallied the Bills in the fourth quarter by throwing two drives down the field for a 23–20 victory over the previously unbeaten Los Angeles Rams.[1] This first game for Reich occurred in front of a Rich Stadium crowd of 76,231 and a Monday Night Football audience.

    Reich returned the following year, however, when Kelly was injured again late in the 1990 season. Reich provided the Bills with two key wins, clinching them the AFC East title and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

    The Comeback: 1993 AFC Wild Card game vs. Houston OilersEdit

    During the final game of the 1992 regular season, the Houston Oilers defeated Buffalo 27–3 in Houston, where Kelly suffered strained ligaments in his knee and yielded to Reich to finish the game in his place. With Kelly out, Reich took the reins as the starter for the wild card game the following week, on January 3, 1993. The wild card game was a rematch with the Oilers, hosted in Buffalo, where they led the Bills 35–3 early in the 3rd quarter, but Reich then led the Bills on a 38–3 run en route to a 41–38 overtime victory.

    Frank Reich Bills - The Comeback-1993 AFC Wild Card game

    Then backup Bills quarterback Frank Reich, filling in for the injured Jim Kelly, led the Buffalo Bills to the greatest comeback in pro football history when the Bills overcame a 32-point deficit and defeated the Houston Oilers 41-38 in an AFC Wild Card game,

    The rally from a 32-point deficit[3] was the largest comeback in NFL history. Reich started his second consecutive playoff game, as the Bills defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 24–3 in the divisional round. This made Reich one of a handful of quarterbacks who is undefeated as a starter in post-season play, as well as the only one with more than one start to his credit. Kelly recovered and started the AFC Championship where the Bills defeated the Miami Dolphins 29–10. During Super Bowl XXVII, the Bills faced the Dallas Cowboys and Reich again replaced an injured Kelly in the first half of the Super Bowl. Reich led the Bills to 10 points to make the score 31–17, with a possible comeback well within the Bills' capability as the 3rd quarter concluded. However, in the 4th quarter, the Cowboys scored 21 unanswered points to win 52–17, and Reich finished the game with two interceptions.

    After giving the Bills one more comeback victory late in the 1993 NFL season, Reich signed with the expansion Carolina Panthers in March 1995 to start off their first year.[4] He threw the first touchdown pass in franchise history to former Bills player Pete Metzelaars in Memorial Stadium in Clemson, as Bank of America Stadium was still under construction. The Panthers had drafted Kerry Collins as their intended franchise quarterback, but Reich was the starter for the first three games until Collins was deemed ready to take the starting job. He was sacked 9 times on Sep 3 at Atlanta, a franchise record he shares with Cam Newton. Coincidentally, Reich and Collins hail from rival high schools in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, with Collins having started his high school career at Cedar Crest's crosstown rival, Lebanon High School (although due to age differences, Reich did not play against Collins in high school).

    Reich was then signed by the New York Jets where he started for seven games in 1996.

    In 1997, Reich signed with the Detroit Lions, reuniting him with his coach at Maryland, Bobby Ross. Reich appeared in 6 games in 1997, all in relief, and 6 games in 1998, including 2 starts. Reich retired following the 1998 NFL season.

    In 2014, NFL Hall of Fame Executive Bill Polian, who was general manager of the Bills when they drafted Reich, called him "the greatest backup quarterback in NFL history."[5]

    Coaching careerEdit

    Reich was a coaching intern for the Indianapolis Colts from 2006 to 2007.[6][7] In 2008, he served as an offensive coaching staff assistant for the Colts.[8] After Tony Dungy retired following the 2008 season, former Colts quarterback coach Jim Caldwell took over as head coach and Reich became the new quarterbacks coach.[9] Reich switched to wide receivers coach[10] in 2011 but was dismissed when the entire coaching staff was released after a 2-14 season. He was then the wide receivers coach for the Arizona Cardinals in 2012 under head coach Ken Whisenhunt,[11] but Reich, Whisenhunt and other offensive coaches were dismissed on December 31, 2012.

    He was hired by the San Diego Chargers along with Whisenhunt in 2013. When Whisenhunt left to become head coach of the Tennessee Titans, Reich was promoted to offensive coordinator. On January 4, 2016, he was fired from his position as offensive coordinator after the Chargers finished 31st in rushing and struggled on offense. On January 20, 2016, Reich was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, and would win Super Bowl LII with the team.[12] On February 11, 2018, he was named the new head coach of the Colts, seven years after he had been fired as wide receivers coach.[13][14][15]

    Head coaching recordEdit

    Team Year Regular season Postseason
    WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Win % Result
    IND2018 - - - - TBD in AFC South - - - -
    Total .000 .000 --


    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Reich, Frank. Telephone Interview. February 9, 2009.
    2. This comeback from 31 points down has since been exceeded by the Michigan State Spartans' 41–38 comeback win in 2006 over the Northwestern Wildcats during which Michigan State trailed 38–3 in the third quarter.
    3. "Bills and Eagles Turn Mountains Into Molehill; Buffalo Erases 32-Point Deficit", January 4, 1993. Retrieved on July 12, 2016. 
    4. "Reich Leaves Bills' Bench For Panthers", Chicago Tribune, March 28, 1995. Retrieved on February 11, 2018. 
    5. "Caught in the Draft: 1985", NFL Network, 2014
    6. Frank Reich. Retrieved on March 14, 2018.
    7. Walker, Andrew (February 11, 2018). Peyton Manning On Frank Reich: ‘Tireless Worker,’ ‘Grinder’. Retrieved on March 14, 2018.
    8. Coaches. Retrieved on March 14, 2018.
    9. "Coaches Roster". 2009. February 12, 2009.
    10. "Coach".
    11. - Coaches. Retrieved on February 12, 2018.
    12. Frank Reich joins Eagles as offensive coordinator. Retrieved on February 12, 2018.
    13. Template:Cite press release
    14. Knoblauch, Austin. "Indianapolis Colts hire Frank Reich to be next coach", National Football League, February 11, 2018. Retrieved on February 12, 2018. 
    15. Wells, Mike. "Eagles OC Frank Reich named new Colts coach", ESPN, February 11, 2018. Retrieved on February 11, 2018. 

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