New Bolt Era – The Coaching Staff 2013 – Part 1 (Offense)

Since my last article, head coach Mike McCoy again has been busy assembling his coaching staff for the next Chargers season.

This means there are some new names on board I haven´t mentioned yet, like Joe D’Alessandris (Offensive Line) and Fred Graves (Wide Receivers).

My intention is to provide you with all names of the San Diego Chargers coaching staff for 2013.
 With this article I wanna focus solely on the offensive coaching lineup – Part 2 will follow soon.


Offensive Coordinator: Ken Whisenhunt
NEW on board

As I already reported in one of my previous articles, the former head coach of the Arizona Cardinals will be calling the offensive plays for the San Diego Chargers in 2013.

Prior to his time in Arizona, he served as play caller for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004 to 2006. 
He reached the Super Bowl with both teams; with the Cards in 2009, with the Steelers in 2006. With the latter he managed to win Super Bowl XL via a memorable trick play call, a wide receiver reverse pass from Antwaan Randle El to Hines Ward (the only touchdown pass thrown by wide receiver in Super Bowl history).

Quarterbacks coach: Frank Reich
NEW on board
Reich served as wide receivers coach in Arizona under head coach Whisenhunt in 2012. From 2009 to 2010 he was Peyton Manning’s position coach in Indianapolis. Reich joins the Chargers to take over the very important role of working with Philip Rivers helping him get back to where he once was, i.e. back to elite status.
 He is also famous for leading the largest comeback in NFL history and in college history.
(read more on Reich)

Wide Receivers Coach: Fred Graves
NEW on board
Charger legend Charlie Joiner (Bolts´ wide receiver from 1976 to 1986) retired last week on Tuesday. He was the Chargers´ wide receiver’s coach for the last five years.
 Fred Graves will take over his job on McCoy´s staff. 
Graves has been coaching wide receivers in the National Football League since 2001. He already worked with the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Detriot Lions, Tennessee Titans, and Carolina Panthers.
 Graves has his “own” ways to coach his players – his receivers routinely have to catch bricks in order to improve their hands. Sounds like training camp is gonna be “interesting” for the Chargers´ wideouts.

Tight Ends Coach: Jason Michael

Well, finally, a name that hasn´t been replaced by coach McCoy this off-season. 
Michael has a seven-year coaching experience in the NFL. Since 2011, he has been in charge of the Bolts´ tight ends. Under his guidance, Antonio Gates was named to an eighth-straight Pro Bowl after leading the team with 64 catches. Last year of course, tells another story. Although Gates had a down year (just like the whole team), he found the end zone seven times and became the franchise´s all-time leader in touchdown receptions (83).

Running Backs Coach: Ollie Wilson

Another name we are already familiar with.
 Wilson is going into his 11th season with the San Diego Chargers. He tutored the running backs in San Diego from 1997 to 2001, then left to work for the Atlanta Falcons, only to come back again in 2008. 
Well, we all know what the Bolts´ running backs were able to do last season – very little. But considering all the injuries and OLine issues, the blame might not be on Wilson.
 But of course, we fans wanna see a better ground game in 2013.

Offensive Line Coach: Joe D´Alessandris
NEW on board
D´Alessandris replaces Hal Hunter as the man responsible for the Chargers´ offensive line performances. As we all know, the Bolts´ OLine had an awful season last year, allowing 49 sacks on Philip Rivers (2nd most in the league). So, the new assistant coach will have his hands full getting that line fixed.
 From 2010 to 2012, D´Alessandris coached the offensive line in Buffalo. In 2011, the Bills led the league in fewest sacks allowed (23). Some other interesting stats of the Bills´ offensive line during his tenure in Buffalo (source Football Outsiders): 

2010: 17th pass blocking, 20th run blocking

2011: 1st pass blocking, 12th run blocking

2012: 10th pass blocking, 8th run blocking

When he took over the job in 2010, the Bills´ ranked last in the league in pass protection; the San Diego Chargers were last in pass blocking past season. So, D´Alessandris already has experience in getting lame offensive lines back on track.
Assistant Offensive Line Coach: Andrew Dees
NEW on board
On Monday the Chargers announced Andrew Dees as assistant for Joe D´Alessandris.
Dees already coached the offensive line in Buffalo under offensive line coach Joe D´Alessandris. 2013 will mark his second year coaching in the National Football League.

Quality Control – Offense: Nick Sirianni
NEW on board
Another new assistant coach announced this week, is Nick Sirianni.
He´ll take on the job as offensive quality control coach for the San Diego Chargers.
The past four seasons he worked for the Kansas City Chiefs. Sirianni spent his first three years there as the man responsible for quality control, before he transitioned to wide receivers coach last season.

So these are the names of the coaches on the offensive side of the ball for the next Chargers season.

I like the changes head coach Mike McCoy has made so far on his coaching staff.

Stay tuned for Part 2!


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