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San Diego Chargers Name Hal Hunter as the new Offensive Coordinator

Steve Fairchild.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Steve Fairchild. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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After the departure of Clarence Shelmon last week, who is taking some time away from football to deal with health issues and spend more time with his family, Norv Turner had to fill the role of Offensive Coordinator on his staff. Most suspected that the job would be given to long-time Offensive Line Coach Hal Hunter, and today those suspicions were confirmed.

Fairchild is an interesting name, being recently fired as Head Coach of the Colorado State Rams (after leading them to three consecutive 3-9 seasons). According to Wikipedia, he has some experience in the NFL:

In 2001, Fairchild was hired by the Buffalo Bills to serve as running backs' coach. He left for the St. Louis Rams in 2003 where he served as an assistant offensive coordinator for three seasons, before returning to the Bills in 2006 for a season-and-a-half as the offensive coordinator.

I imagine Fairchild will take over some, if not all, of Shelmon's responsibilities with the running game. Fairchild's collegiate playing career started in San Diego when he was a QB for San Diego Mesa Community College. He also got his start as a coach at the local junior college. Later he had two stints on the San Diego State Aztecs staff. First as a TEs coach and then later as the QB coach where he worked with future Seattle Seahawks 1st round pick Dan McGwire.