The San Diego Chargers set the wheels in motion for the 2014-15 NFL season on Monday.
With the hires of quarterback coach Nick Sirianni, offensive quality control coach Shane Steichen, and assistant linebackers coach Bobby King, head coach Mike McCoy’s coaching staff has been completed, and the team can now push forward towards the offseason with no distractions in the hierarchy.
Shane Steichen, the Chargers’ new offensive quality coach, was a defensive assistant during the 2011 and 2012 seasons for San Diego. He is returning from a one year stint with Cleveland as the offensive quality control coach. Meanwhile, new assistant linebackers coach Bobby King has experience within the AFC and with some solid linebackers. King comes from Houston, where the Texans have had solid play from that position group for the last few seasons, especially out of All-Pro linebacker Brian Cushing.
King was with the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 and has learned a lot from defensive guru, Wade Phillips.
Finally, Nick Sirianni fills the role Frank Reich left behind and will coach the quarterbacks. Sirianni is the only one of these three new coaches who was under the Bolts umbrella a season ago. Reich, of course, was promoted to offensive coordinator when Ken Whisenhunt accepted the head coaching job for the Tennessee Titans. Sirianni has previous experience under Todd Haley in Kansas City and is the same age as Chargers signal caller, Philip Rivers.
Coaching is arguably the most important factor in all of sports. Now, with all vacancies filled, the Chargers can now concern themselves with adding the right players to what they believe are the right leaders for the job. And much like Seattle, San Diego hopes to erase their name from the list of NFL teams who have never hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.
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