According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Bills are looking at Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich as an alternative head coach candidate to their preferred option of Anthony Lynn:
The #Bills job is OC Anthony Lynn's to lose, sources say. BUF is also doing homework on candidates Frank Reich, Teryl Austin, Harold Goodwin— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 1, 2017
The way he, and other reporters in the know, have phrased their tweets makes it pretty clear that Lynn will likely end up with the job. But if for some reason Lynn makes things difficult, or the Bills’ ownership decides to change its mind, Reich is apparently one name they’d consider.
This is interesting, with a caveat. It’s interesting that Frank Reich is already getting looks after just one season as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator. He spent two years orchestrating the Chargers’ offense, a high-flying unit with a consistent quarterback, but only landed another OC job this past offseason.
Now, after one year at the helm of an offense on a team which, at most, will finish the season with seven wins, he’s getting head coach consideration. Does it say a lot about the job people believe he’s done with Carson Wentz and a terribly limited offense? Very possible.
It’s also very possible that this is the only time Reich’s name will pop up in a head coaching vacancy, or maybe one of two, because Reich has connections to the Bills. He was drafted by them and played for the Bills for 10 years, from 1985 to 1994. So it’s not surprising that the Bills would look to a former member of the organization as a way to move past the incendiary Rex Ryan era.