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San Diego Chargers hire Chris Shula as Defensive Quality Control Coach

Head Coach Mike McCoy adds Don Shula's grandson to his coaching staff.

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San Diego Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy continued to bolster his defensive coaching staff today adding former John Carroll University defensive coordinator Chris Shula as the defensive quality control coach, the Chargers announced Monday.

In Shula's first season at John Carroll, his defense ranked seventh in the nation in Division III in yards allowed and 10th in points allowed. Shula started his coaching career in 2010 at Ball State as assistant linebackers coach before moving on to Indiana University for the 2011-13 seasons as a defensive backs coach (assistant).

The reason you recognize Shula's name, of course, is because he is the son of former NFL head coach Dave Shula and grandson of the legendary former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history. Hopefully, that pedigree serves Chris better than it did his father.

One thing is clear, the Chargers are setting the defense up to succeed with the addition today of a quality control coach in addition to the hiring of Mike Nolan as the linebackers coach. John Pagano showed growth as a coach in 2014 and with another offseason and this new staff, he'll have no reason not to be successful in 2015.