Frank Reich, is a former quarterback and head coach in American football, led both the Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers in the National Football League (NFL). His football journey began at the University of Maryland, where he played college football. In the 1985 NFL Draft, Reich was chosen by the Buffalo Bills in the third round.
Age- 61 years
Height- 1.93 m
Weight- 96 kg
Full name-Frank Michael Reich
Born- 4 December 1961
Birthplace-Freeport, New York, United States
Profession-Former football coach
Dates joined- 1997 (Detroit Lions), 1996 (New York Jets), 1995 (Carolina Panthers), 1985 (Buffalo Bills)
Teams coached-Carolina Panthers (Head coach, 2023–2023), MORE
Frank Reich’s father, Frank Sr., served as a center and linebacker for the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1953 to 1955. His mother is named Pat Reich. Frank Reich Sr. had a career as a technology education teacher and football coach at Lebanon High School, retiring in 1992. Reich’s brother, Joe, held the position of head coach at Wingate from 2001 to 2023 until his promotion to Head Athletic Director on November 14, 2023.
Frank tied the knot with Linda in Buffalo in 1987, and the couple established their residence in Charlotte. They are proud parents of three daughters.
Frank Reich, of German descent, attended Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, participating in baseball, football, and basketball. In high school, he played quarterback for the football team during his final two years and showcased his skills in the Big 33 Football Classic in 1980.
Reich earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Maryland, where he played for the Maryland Terrapins football team. Serving as both backup and roommate to starter Boomer Esiason for three years, Reich stepped into the spotlight when Jim Kelly faced injuries. His notable moments with the Buffalo Bills include securing two key wins in 1990, clinching the AFC East title and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
After a brief stint with the Carolina Panthers, Reich signed with the New York Jets in 1995, starting for seven games in 1996. In 1997, he joined the Detroit Lions, reuniting with his former Maryland coach, Bobby Ross, and retired after the 1998 NFL season.
Recognized as the “greatest backup quarterback in NFL history” by Bill Polian, Reich transitioned to coaching. He served as a coaching intern for the Indianapolis Colts from 2006 to 2007, then as an offensive coaching staff assistant in 2008. Reich’s coaching journey included roles with the Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers, where he eventually became the offensive coordinator.
In 2016, Reich took on the role of offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, winning Super Bowl LII in the 2017 season. On February 11, 2018, he became the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, leading them to a playoff appearance in the 2018 season. Reich achieved success with the Colts, making the playoffs after a 1-5 start and reaching the postseason in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
On January 26, 2023, the Carolina Panthers hired Reich as their head coach. However, after a challenging 1-10 start, the Panthers made the decision to part ways with Reich on November 27, 2023.
Net Worth 2023
Frank Reich’s approximate net worth is estimated to be around $10 million.
Frank Reich Terminate by Carolina Panthers
The Frank Reich era in Carolina has come to an abrupt end after just 11 games. On Monday, the Carolina Panthers terminated their coach amid the team’s dismal 1-10 start in his inaugural season at the helm.
Team owner David Tepper announced the decision, which came to light after reports circulated that Tepper used strong language while leaving the locker room following the Panthers’ 17-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
Tepper brought in Reich with the goal of revamping one of the league’s poorest offenses and developing Bryce Young, the No. 1 overall pick acquired at the cost of four draft picks and star wide receiver D.J. Moore during the recent offseason, all in pursuit of multiple Super Bowl victories. However, the Panthers now face a franchise-record sixth consecutive losing season.
Since Tepper’s acquisition of the team in 2018 for $2.275 billion, the Panthers have struggled, boasting a 30-63 record and failing to secure a playoff berth.
Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor steps in as the interim head coach, with offensive coordinator Thomas Brown taking on play-calling duties and senior assistant Jim Caldwell serving as a special adviser.
Tabor’s initial actions as interim coach included the dismissal of quarterbacks coach Josh McCown and running backs coach Duce Staley, individuals personally chosen by Reich for coaching roles.
David Tepper is set to address the media on Tuesday at Bank of America Stadium, where he is expected to discuss the team’s future and coaching plans. This marks Tepper’s seventh coaching change—full-time or interim—since taking over ownership in 2018.
Frank Reich becomes the second NFL head coach to be fired this season, joining Josh McDaniels of the Las Vegas Raiders. His dismissal is notable for occurring earlier in his tenure than any head coach since Pete McCulley in 1978. Reich joins a list of NFL head coaches fired during or after just one season, including Lovie Smith (Houston, 2022), Nathaniel Hackett (Denver, 2022), David Culley (Houston, 2021), Urban Meyer (Jacksonville, 2021), Freddie Kitchens (Cleveland, 2019), and Steve Wilks (Arizona, 2018).