Frank Reich

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
18 151-125-1 54.69% 11-7 61.11%

Coaching Tree


Jim Caldwell, Tony Dungy, Ken Whisenhunt, Doug Pederson, Mike McCoy


Matt Eberflus, Jonathan Gannon, Nick Sirianni


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Career Summary

Frank Reich was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 2006 to 2023, finishing his career as the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. Over his eighteen years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 153-137-1. During his career he was a head coach for six seasons, first with the Indianapolis Colts. He led the Colts for five seasons, compiling a record of 41-40-1. He was fired from the Colts on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Reich was fired by the Colts after a 3-5-1 start to the 2022 season. His next head coaching stint was with the Carolina Panthers for the 2023 season, leading the team to a 2-15-0 record. He was fired from the Panthers on Monday, November 27, 2023. Reich became the first coach to be fired midseason in back-to-back seasons after he was fired from the Panthers. During his entire head coaching career, his two teams combined for a record of 43-55-1 across six seasons including going 1-2-0 in the playoffs.

Career Awards

As the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts he coached two players to award-winning seasons: Darius Leonard, AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2018; Andrew Luck, Comeback Player of the Year in 2018.

Frank Reich Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Reich served as an assistant coach for Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell, Ken Whisenhunt, Mike McCoy, and Doug Pederson. During this time, he coached for three years for Jim Caldwell and Mike McCoy. During his time as head coach, three assistant coaches, (Matt Eberflus, Jonathan Gannon, and Nick Sirianni) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 48-54-0 in the regular season and 2-3 in the playoffs during their nine seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs.

Playing Career

He was drafted in the third round with the fifty-seventh pick in the 1985 draft to play quarterback for the Bills.

Personal Information

Reich was born on Monday, December 4, 1961 in Freeport, New York.

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Playing Career


University of Maryland

Frank Reich played college football for the University of Maryland from 1981-1984. Most notable from his college career was a game in 1984 against the Miami Hurricanes. At one point the Terrapins trailed 31-0. Reich replaced starting quarterback Stan Gelbaugh and led a comeback that at the time was the largest deficit ever overcome in a college football game when the Terrapins won 42-40. Reich was drafted in the 3rd Round of the 1985 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills.


Buffalo Bills

Reich played football for the Buffalo Bills from 1985 until 1994, serving primarily as the backup to Hall-of-Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. While starting only ten games (including playoffs) for the Bills in his ten years, he helped engineer the largest comeback in NFL history as he rallied the Bills from a 35-3 third-quarter deficit against the Houston Oilers in the 1992 playoffs to win 41-38 in overtime.

Carolina Panthers

After his decade with the Bills ended, Reich signed a free agent contract with the latest expansion team in the league, the Carolina Panthers. While he hoped to serve as the starting quarterback for the new team, he ended up only started the first three games as rookie quarterback (and first round pick) Kerry Collins started the other thirteen.

New York Jets

After the 1995 season was over, Reich signed with the New York Jets and backed up quarterback Neil O'Donnell. However, injuries shortened O'Donnell's season and Reich ended up starting seven games for the Jets en route to a 1-15 record while Reich post career highs in many statistics, including yards and touchdowns.

Detroit Lions

After his single season with the Jets, Reich played the 1997 and 1998 seasons with the Detroit Lions to finish out his career. During his two years with the Lions, he appeared in twelve games and started two as the team's backup quarterback.

Coaching Career

NFL Coaching

Indianapolis Colts

Reich began his coaching career in 2006 as a coaching intern for the Indianapolis Colts. A connection with Colts GM Bill Polian, formerly with the Bills and Panthers, started his coaching career for the team. That season the Colts won the Super Bowl. Reich spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons in this role before being promoted to offensive coaching staff assistant in 2008. By 2009 he was promoted to quarterbacks coach by new head coach Jim Caldwell, working with Peyton Manning as the Colts lost in the Super Bowl to finish the season. Under Reich's coaching, Manning won his record fourth AP MVP award in 2009 and continued to set records in 2010. For the 2011 season Reich was moved to the Colts wide receiver coach as the team, with Manning out for the season, stumbled to a 2-14 record.

Arizona Cardinals

In 2012 Reich was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as the team's wide receiver coach under head coach Ken Whisenhunt. The team stumbled to a 5-11 finish and a last place finish in the NFC West.

San Diego Chargers

After his single season in Arizona, Reich was hired by the Los Angeles Chargers as the team's quarterbacks coach for the 2013 season. Working with quarterback Phillip Rivers, the Chargers made the playoffs as they finished the season 9-7. Rivers had his best season of his career, as he set the team record for completion percentage at 69.5% and tied the team record with a passing rating of 105.5. In 2014, Reich was promoted to offensive coordinator to replace Whisenhunt who became the head coach of the Tennessee Titans. The team finished 9-7 again, but missed the playoffs.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2023 Carolina Panthers Head Coach 1-10-0 0-0
2022 Indianapolis Colts Head Coach 3-5-1 0-0
2021 Indianapolis Colts Head Coach 9-8-0 0-0
2020 Indianapolis Colts Head Coach 11-5-0 0-1
2019 Indianapolis Colts Head Coach 7-9-0 0-0
2018 Indianapolis Colts Head Coach 10-6-0 1-1
2017 Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Coordinator 13-3-0 3-0
2016 Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Coordinator 7-9-0 0-0
2015 San Diego Chargers Offensive Coordinator 4-12-0 0-0
2014 San Diego Chargers Offensive Coordinator 9-7-0 0-0
2013 San Diego Chargers Quarterbacks Coach 9-7-0 1-1
2012 Arizona Cardinals Wide Receivers Coach 5-11-0 0-0
2011 Indianapolis Colts Wide Receivers Coach 2-14-0 0-0
2010 Indianapolis Colts Quarterbacks Coach 10-6-0 0-1
2009 Indianapolis Colts Quarterbacks Coach 14-2-0 2-1
2008 Indianapolis Colts Offensive Assistant Coach 12-4-0 0-1
2007 Indianapolis Colts Intern 13-3-0 0-1
2006 Indianapolis Colts Intern 12-4-0 4-0

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