How much of this should be placed at the feet of the coordinator is a subject of debate. Running back Melvin Gordon struggled mightily in an injury-plagued and inconsistent rookie season, while a constantly shifting offensive line opened up few running lanes and allowed Rivers to take a beating.
But change was coming in the organization, and the Chargers' decision to keep McCoy and general manager Tom Telesco meant a fall guy had to be found elsewhere. Reich took the hit. It remains to be seen if defensive coordinator John Pagano meets a similar fate. Reich's firing comes one year after he interviewed for head-coaching openings with the Jets and Bills.
The reunion makes sense. Let's see if it happens.