The Chargers won't lose to Peyton Manning next year for lack of knowledge about Denver's Hall of Fame-bound quarterback.
Frank Reich, who is expected to join the Chargers as their quarterbacks coach, was Manning's position coach with the Colts in 2009-10.
The Manning connection is growing at Chargers Park.
New head coach Mike McCoy and Tom Telesco, the team's new general manager, also have worked on NFL clubs that employed Manning, who went 2-0 against the Chargers last year.
Reich, the Cardinals' receivers coach last year, will be reunited with former Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt, the Chargers' offensive coordinator and playcaller.
A former quarterback, Reich is best known for leading two epic comebacks.
Down 31-0 at halftime to the Miami Hurricanes, he rallied visiting Maryland to victory in 1984. Maryland's coach was Bobby Ross, who in 1994 took the Chargers to their only Super Bowl.
Against the Oilers in the 1992 NFL playoffs, Reich and the Bills trailed 35-3 in the third quarter – but won 41-38.
Reich and the Chargers' starting quarterback he inherited, Philip Rivers, are looking to rally in 2013.
Reich, 51, was a receivers coach for coaching staffs that were dismissed at the end of the last two seasons, in large part because the teams' offenses were among the NFL's worst.
Chargers to hire Frank Reich to coach Philip Rivers
San Diego Union-Tribune | Jan 19