Monday January 5th, 2015

The Buffalo Bills interviewed San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich for their head coaching job on Sunday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Reich, 53, was promoted to Chargers offensive coordinator before this season after spending 2013 as the team's quarterbacks coach. The Chargers finished 18th this season with 341.6 yards per game and 17th with 21.8 points per game. The passing attack led by Philip Rivers ranked 10th with 256.1 yards per game, but the ground game ranked 30th with 81.8 yards per game.

Before coming to San Diego, Reich was the Arizona Cardinals' wide receivers coach in 2012. The Freeport, N.Y., native spent 2008-11 with the Indianapolis Colts, first as a staff assistant and then as a quarterbacks coach (2009-10) and wide receivers coach (2011).

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The Bills' head coaching position came open when Doug Marrone opted out of his contract to become a free agent last month. Marrone exercised an "escape clause" in his contract within a three-day window following the end of the season, which Buffalo finished 9-7 but missed the playoffs for the 15th straight season. Marrone was hired in 2013, leading the Bills to a 6-10 record.

The Bills have been linked to a variety of coaches since the season ended. Former Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan has reportedly interviewed with the team, while former New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and current Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz have also both emerged as candidates.

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Buffalo has also reportedly requested interviews with Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson and Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. Last week, the Bills also reportedly did the same for Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Mike Fiammetta

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