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Reich returns to RWS as Chargers OC

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2014 – 11:30 am

This Sunday the Chargers will be bringing a couple of former Bills players with them on their coaching staff. Pete Metzelaars is San Diego’s tight ends coach and Frank Reich is their offensive coordinator. It’s Reich’s first year in that role after serving as quarterbacks coach last year under new Chargers head coach Mike McCoy. McCoy explained why he promoted Reich after former OC Ken Whisenhunt left for the Tennessee head coaching post.

“I’ve known Frank for a little while now and understanding the system that we were putting in place last year here, when we all came together,” said McCoy. “Having worked in Indianapolis with Peyton [Manning] who I had in Denver, obviously, and then the relationship with Ken Whisenhunt that he had developed a few years back… so it’s an easy transition to bring him in and say ‘Frank I want you to be the quarterback coach.’ And I always targeted him as a possible coordinator if Ken ever left and it happened obviously after the first year and Frank has done an outstanding job at this point in time.”

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Frank Reich groomed for SD Coordinator job

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 22, 2014 – 10:36 am

It’s another step up the coaching ladder for former Bills QB Frank Reich in his coaching career. And according to Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco, it’s a move years in the making.

Last month, Reich was named San Diego’s Offensive Coordinator, replacing Ken Whisenhunt, who left to coach the Titans. And Chargers GM Tom Telesco says he anticipated Reich’s move to the top offensive post for years.

“We knew with Ken Whisenhunt that if we had some success this year, there was a good chance he may move on for a head coaching job,” Telesco said Friday night on The John Murphy Show from the NFL Combine.

“We had Frank waiting in the wings and having him go through the process with Phillip (Rivers) and kinda grooming him for that Offensive Coordinator role. I’ve known Frank for years back when he was with Buffalo. He was a player in Carolina when I worked there and he was a coach in Indianapolis when I worked there. I’ve always thought Frank was a future coordinator at some point and now is his time” Telesco said.

Telesco watched Reich as a player 20-years ago, when Reich backed up Jim Kelly at the Bills quarterback position. Telesco, a Western New York native, was a training camp intern with the Bills at Fredonia.

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Frank Reich’s Call to Courage awards next Sat

Posted by Chris Brown on March 29, 2013 – 2:30 pm

Former Bills QB Frank Reich’s Athletes in Action will host the 12th Annual Call to Courage Award Breakfast this Saturday (April 6th) at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo with a special look back at the “Greatest Comeback in NFL History.”

The high profile breakfast will be held from 9-11 am and Reich will present the 2013 Call to Courage Award to Indianapolis Colts All Pro Center Jeff Saturday. He was named to six Pro Bowls and named First Team All Pro twice in 2005 and 2007.

A special highlight of the program will be the 20th Anniversary celebration of the “Greatest Comeback in NFL History”. Joining Reich for a look back video highlight panel discussion will be former Buffalo Bills greats Andre Reed, Kenneth Davis and Steve Tasker. will cover the event.

The honorary chairman for this year’s breakfast will be Buffalo Bills kicker Rian Lindell.

In addition to the NFL winner of the Call to Courage Award, the High School Call to Courage Award will also be given to an outstanding member of a Western New York high school football team. Buffalo Bills play –by-play man, John Murphy is this year’s MC.

A commemorative Limited Edition 20th Anniversary – Greatest Comeback poster will also be made available, exclusively for those in attendance at the breakfast.

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The Call to Courage Award Breakfast is open to the public. Tickets are $40 each and a table of ten is $350. For ticket information call 716-559-1800 or find them on Facebook at aiabuffalo.

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Frank Reich on Whisenhunt, Horton

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 4, 2013 – 4:12 pm

He knows the NFL, after 14-years as a player, and five as an assistant coach.

And Frank Reich knows the Buffalo Bills, after spending 10-years as a backup quarterback with the team.

The architect of the greatest comeback in NFL history says both of the men the Bills have interviewed for their head coaching vacancy in Arizona this week would make good head coaches for the team.

Appearing on The John Murphy Show Thursday night, Reich said former Arizona Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt would make a great Head Coach in Buffalo.

“I know Buffalo,” Reich said on the radio show.   “I know ‘Whis.’   I just think it’s a good fit for him.  He’s got the track record to back it up.  I know he had struggles, but every coach has struggles in this league.  I’d be excited.  I hope he gets it.”

“There are not a lot of coaches that have been real successful in Arizona,” added Reich.  “‘Whis’ took a team to the Super Bowl there –that says a lot.  He’s from Pittsburgh, so there are a lot of things about his candidacy, if I can call it that, that make him a real strong candidate.”

Reich spent last year as the wide receivers coach for the Arizona Cardinals.  He was dismissed by the Cardinals Monday, along with Whisenhunt and the rest of Arizona’s offensive staff.  But he says if Whisenhunt winds up as the Head Coach in Buffalo, he’d like to tag along.

“Obviously, I think I have a good relationship with ‘Whis,’ and I would be knocking on his door if he got the job, saying, ‘bring me along with you, I would love to go back to Buffalo.,” Reich told John Murphy.

Reich also had positive words for Arizona’s current Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton, who interviewed for the Bills Head Coaching vacancy earlier this week.

“There’s something about Ray. He’s got a great demeanor,” Reich said.  “He’s kind of a laid back guy, but you know he means business.   He’s done a phenomenal job with our defense.  I think he’s got a great feel for players.  I definitely think he’s a head coaching personality kind of a guy.  I think he deserves a shot.”

Reich is watching the Buffalo situation closely, as he gets ready for his next job as an assistant coach in the NFL.  After ten succesful years as Jim Kelly’s backup with the Bills, he’s already thinking about possibly coming back to the franchise.

“It would be kinda fun,” he said.  “Once I got into coaching, I’ve always told Linda (his wife), ‘I don’t know the future, but it seems inevitable we’re going to wind up back in Buffalo.’    Who knows?  I’ve stopped listening to all this stuff because you just don’t know anything right now; I don’t think anybody’s going to let any secrets out.  You just gotta sit tight and wait until Russ Brandon makes his decision.”

The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7-9pm on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.

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Call to Courage event next Sat.

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2012 – 10:27 am

The 11th Annual Call to Courage Awards Breakfast will be held a week from today on Sat., March 24, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Buffalo, NY, from 9-11 am. Every spring for the past ten years, former Buffalo Bills quarterback, Frank Reich, who engineered the “Greatest Comeback in NFL History”, hosts the community sports breakfast event, which is sponsored by the Buffalo Pro Ministry of Athletes in Action.

Reich will present the 2012 Call to Courage Award to Cleveland Browns Tight End and former Super Bowl Champion while with the New England Patriots, Ben Watson. Also scheduled to be in attendance are Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker and Bills QB/WR Brad Smith.

Special speaker at this year’s event will be former Ohio State Head Football Coach Jim Tressel, who is currently the Vice President for Student Engagement for the University of Akron.

Three finalists have also been selected for the Western New York High School Call to Courage Leadership Award. The three finalists include:

Pat Walch, 18-year old senior defensive back, LB and tight end from Wilson Central High School

Mike Grimaldi, 17-year old offensive lineman from North Tonawanda High School

Erik O’Neill, 18-year old senior running back and defensive back from St. Mary’s High School

All three nominees have met the criteria of not only being a great student athlete, but also exemplify outstanding character, commitment and leadership on and off the field.  They are leaders academically in the classroom, in their home and in the community and honor God in everything they do and have answered the Call to Courage.

The Call to Courage Awards Breakfast is open to the public. Tickets are $40 each and a table of ten is $350. For ticket information call 716-559-1800 or find us on FACEBOOK at aiabuffalo.              

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Reich hired by Cards

Posted by Chris Brown on February 8, 2012 – 2:41 pm

Former Bills QB Frank Reich has landed a new NFL coaching job with the Arizona Cardinals.

Reich was named wide receivers coach for Arizona and goes to the Cardinals after spending the past six seasons with Indianapolis, including last season as the Colts wide receiver coach. He began his coaching career with the Colts as an intern in 2006-07 before serving as an offensive staff assistant in 2008 and then as quarterbacks coach from 2009-10.

Reich had coached alongside Bills new tight ends coach and his former Bills teammate Pete Metzelaars in Indy the last five seasons.

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Reich, Metzelaars out in Indy

Posted by Chris Brown on January 18, 2012 – 2:47 pm

Former Bills players Frank Reich and Pete Metzelaars, who were both members of the Colts’ coaching staff under Jim Caldwell are the latest to be relieved of their duties with the club.

That according to the Indianapolis Star. Metzelaars has been the team’s offensive line coach the past two seasons while Reich was most recently the team’s receivers coach after previously serving as QBs coach. Metzelaars had been on the staff the past eight seasons, while Reich had been with the club for four.

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Byrd to present award

Posted by Chris Brown on March 25, 2010 – 12:13 pm

Bills FS Jairus Byrd will present the Call to Courage award to a WNY high school football player at the 9th Annual Athletes In Action Call to Courage Award Breakfast, which will be held on Sat. April 17. 

Also to be honored is Super Bowl champion FB Heath Evans for his community efforts in helping children and families affected by sexual abuse through his Heath Evans Foundation.

Frank Reich will preside over the festivities, which begin at 9 am in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Buffalo.

The Western New York Athletes In Action Call to Courage Award breakfast is the second largest breakfast event of its kind next to the Athletes In Action Super Bowl Breakfast featuring the presentation of the Bart Starr Award, which is held every year in the host city for the Super Bowl the Saturday morning before the Sunday Super Bowl.

Tickets are $40 each and a table of ten is $350.  For more information call 716-559-1800 or go online.

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Fan Friday 12-11

Posted by Chris Brown on December 11, 2009 – 1:26 pm

The snow has been flying late this week in Buffalo. Crazy wind and at least a foot of snow in most places. But we still bring you Fan Friday as always here on the Inside the Bills blog. As always you can email your questions to

1. Hi, Chris,
With the talent level the Bills have at running back, why don’t they have Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson in the backfield at the same time? They could pound opposing defenses continually, and keep our defense off the field. This would take pressure off of the QB, and maybe put the Bills in position to win more games. The offensive line as it stands right now, is having issues pass blocking. Just a thought…
Tony Falzone, Daytona Beach, Fl

CB: There has been more of this in recent weeks, but not a ton more. I think that set presents a lot more options for the Bills offensively and also affords better pass protection with both Lynch and Jackson back there. We’ll see if there are more snaps with that look over the final four games, but I agree it has a lot of potential for an offense that has struggled all season.

2. Chris,

I know it’s very early in the process, and I keep hearing the Mr. Wilson wants to hire a GM to hire a coach (you could probably say how true that is better than me,) but I had a couple of names I was hoping to get your feedback about for a potential new coach.

1. Brian Billick: While I don’t know how well he actually knows quarterbacks like he claims– I do know he won the Super Bowl with the Ravens, and even when they struggled before he was fired, they played great defense. He seems like he wants to get back to coaching, and I wouldn’t mind seeing him in Buffalo.

2. Russ Grimm: He was a finalist for the Pittsburgh and I think Arizona job as well, before Whisenhunt was hired– so I get the impression the guy has something management likes. He’s a firey presence that helped change the culture of the team in Arizona in a VERY short time period…exactly the kind of change Buffalo needs. Also, the guy has an o-line background, and ours desperately needs work.

3. Pete Metzelaars: I know Pete is relatively green… but he was a blink of Tom Moore’s eye from being the OC in Indy this year before he and Mudd decided not to retire. Also, I get the impression that just the timing of some of the early 90’s Bills going into the HOF these past years, that the Bills and its fanbase are reconnecting with those teams. What better way to do it than to bring in one of the pieces that got us there? At the very least in an OC capacity.

I could be wrong, but I can’t imagine any of these guys commanding the kind of money the Cowhers or Shanahans of the world do… so maybe they’d be a fit here?

I’m curious to know your thoughts

Farmington, NY

CB: I think Billick and Grimm are worthwhile candidates. Grimm would certainly put attention where it’s needed on the offensive line. Heck with Grimm at the helm they may draft a tackle before a QB, which I’m not opposed to. The Dolphins showed that could work drafting Jake Long and then Chad Henne. Cleveland had the right idea too with Joe Thomas and Brady Quinn. Quinn is actually playing a bit better of late.

As for Metzelaars I think he is too green for a head job. Wouldn’t mind making him an assistant on this staff, Frank Reich as well for that matter. I think Cowher and Shanahan are unfortunately long shots at best.

3. Hey Chris,
Are the bills done with Trent? Why go back to Fitz again? I think you go with trent, for better or worse, to see if he’s your franchise guy, your thoughts?
CB: I’m afraid that ship appears to have sailed. Players have made no secret even to the media that they prefer having Fitzpatrick in there. No doubt they made those preferences known to the coaching staff as well. So my feeling is Trent will remain the backup for the rest of the season barring injury.

I don’t think there’s any question that Edwards is physically superior to Fitzpatrick, but Fitzpatrick is more willing to take chances in the passing game and he has seen the whole field better when he’s been in there. As to whether Trent is still considered franchise material, I think that’s a determination that may also have been made already, but under a new regime that’s always subject to change. Time will tell.

4. They had a crowd of 51,000 people. We could have sold 70,000 in Ralph Wilson stadium, w/ the large majority cheering loudly for our (undermanned) Bills.

I’m no marketing guru, but how is this putting more money in the franchise’s pocket? Simply because it’s guaranteed money? We haven’t made the playoffs in 10 years and we still get near sellout crowds for most games in Buffalo. The players have repeatedly said the fans support gets them pumped up.
Given the 3 tepid performances so far in Toronto, including the preseason game, it’s hard to see that we are expanding our fan base playing there. The Canadian fans may enjoy seeing the NFL, but they are hardly there to cheer on our home team.

I was pretty skeptical of the idea in the first place. I don’t think it has helped the Bills as a team, or the franchise, or even (cynically) Ralph Wilson himself.  Help me out, Chris. What am I missing?
Gilbert, AZ

CB: The Bills sold the Toronto Series to the Rogers group for $78 million. It equates to $9.75M per game, which is almost double what the franchise pulls in for a regular home game, and far more than that for a preseason game. So that’s a major revenue benefit, which is important in the league’s big market/small market climate right now.

If 2010 goes off without a salary cap, which is looking more and more like reality, this regionalization effort will be more important than most fans realize. It will continue to help to keep the team financially competitive.

Though it may be hard to see how the games in Toronto are helping the fan base, 15% of the season ticket base is from southern Ontario. And figures show that number is now increasing thanks to the team’s annual presence in Toronto.

Believe me when I tell you the decision makers for this franchise understand that it’s a bitter pill to swallow for Bills fans that respect the franchise’s tradition and home field advantage with respect to the 12th Man. But this is a necessary step to keep the team financially viable and competitive in a league where the ‘haves’ are continually trying to make life more difficult for the ‘have nots.’
The Toronto Series helps to keep the team financially viable, while staying in Buffalo.

5. Chris,
Do you see the Bills keeping Perry Fewell around after the season is over?  I like a lot of Bills Fans, like his attitude and think he will be a great loss on the Defensive side, and the same goes for Bobby April. What do you think?
Frederick, MD

CB: I do think both Fewell and April have a lot to offer, but a new head coach generally likes to bring in his own people. I think April has the resume to be offered a job on the staff, no matter what head coach comes in, but I doubt he will take it. It wouldn’t surprise me if April felt passed over for the interim head coaching job, especially with Assistant Head Coach as part of his title under Dick Jauron.
It’s my belief April will be moving on after this season is over, and make no mistake it would be a great loss.

As for Fewell, unless a new coach coming in is a big believer in the Tampa-2 scheme he too is likely to be looking for work elsewhere. It sounds cruel, but these men know its part of the business. I like what Fewell has done in his stint as interim head coach, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the organization determines that they have to wipe the slate clean and turn the page on all that is associated with the Dick Jauron era.

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Call to Courage awards to honor WNY football talent

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2009 – 1:43 pm

Frank Reich’s Athletes in Action Call to Courage Breakfast will be honoring some of Western New York’s best collegiate and high school talent at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo this Saturday.

Reich will present the collegiate version of the Call to Courage Award to University at Buffalo defensive linemen, Andrae Smith.  The 6’4” 257 lb senior from Bloomfield, CT, is being recognized for his leadership on the field, on  the campus and in the community. Andrae has outstanding character and was selected for this award by UB Head Coach, Turner Gill.

Five finalists have been selected for the Western New York High School Call To Courage Leadership Award.  Frank Reich will announce the actual winner and present the award at the breakfast.

Tickets are $40 each and a table of ten is $350.  For more information call 716-559-1800 or visit their website at

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Reich promoted in Indy

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2009 – 2:54 pm

Colts offensive assistant and former Bills QB Frank Reich was promoted to quarterbacks coach by new Colts head man Jim Caldwell. Caldwell had been the team’s quarterbacks coach under Tony Dungy, who announced his retirement earlier this week.

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