Head coach Anthony Lynn has finally been able to assemble his full coaching staff for the 2017 season.
Half of the 18 coaches return for the Chargers for 2017. The 9 new faces come from multiple teams around the league, including the Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, and Minnesota Vikings, as well as one coach from the college ranks, Eric Henderson from UTSA.
Coaching the offense will be:
Ken Wisenhunt - OC - Wiz returns and will work with Lynn to run the offense
John McNulty - TE - McNulty returns for a 2nd season coaching the TEs
Pat Meyer - OL - Meyer follows Lynn from the Bills
Alfredo Roberts - RB - Re-joins Lynn after coaching with him in Cleveland
Nick Sirianni - WR - Earns a 2nd season as WR coach
Shane Steichen - QB - Also earns a 2nd season at his position as QB coach.
James Cregg - Assistant OL - Joins the staff and brings a ring from the Broncos
Mark Ridgely - O Assistant - Longest tenured Chargers staff member at 6 years
Dan Shamash - O QC - Follows Gus Bradley from Jacksonville
Coaching the defense:
Gus Bradley - DC - Former Jags HC joins the Chargers to replace John Pagano.
Ron Milus - DB - 2nd year as the DB coach for the Chargers
Giff Smith - DL - 2nd year as the DL coach
Richard Smith - LB - Ex Falcons DC joins the Chargers to coach LBs
Eric Henderson - Assistant DL - Joins the Chargers from the College ranks, UTSA.
Chris Harris - Assistant DB - 2nd year helping coach DBs for the Chargers
D’Anton Lynn - D Assistant - Follows his dad, HC Lynn, from Buffalo. 5th year coaching
Special teams staff:
George Stewart - STC/Assistant HC - Ex Vikings WR coach hopes to fix Chargers’ ST
Marquice Williams - Assistant ST - 2nd year helping coach ST for the Chargers
This is probably good enough turnover, especially including the head coach and defensive coordinator, to have some noticeable change to the attitude and performance of the team, without having so much turnover that players feel like they are starting from scratch.
Now that the coaching staff is assembled they can start forming the offseason program and assisting Tom Telesco and his staff in getting ready for free agency and the draft. It is good that the coaching staff is finally finished because the next two and a half months have a lot of big decisions that will require input from this staff.