In my last article, I listed all the names of the Chargers´ offensive coaching lineup for 2013.
But as coach Mike McCoy also made changes on the defensive and special teams´ lineup, I want to provide you with those names – “old” and “new” – as well.
Defensive Coordinator: John Pagano
As already reported, there has been a lot of change in the coaching staff on the offensive side of the ball. Thank God this isn´t the case for the defensive coaching lineup (well, to be exact: thank coach Mike McCoy). The Chargers´ defense had some very good moments. Of course we all know there is a lot of room for growth too, but John Pagano deserves to be retained as the head of the Bolts´ defense in 2013. In a previous article I already listed some nice stats of his defensive unit. Here are some more interesting numbers:
The Lightning Bolts´ ranked ninth in the league, allowing just 326.4 yards per game; they were sixth against the run (96.4 yards per game); 18th against the pass (230.1 ypg) and 16th in points allowed (21.9 points per game).
To say it again: Great to have him back!
Secondary Coach: Ron Milus
NEW on board
Ron Milus had been relieved of his duties as secondary coach in Denver after the Broncos lost their only playoff game in 2013 against the Baltimore Ravens. Actually it was one play that sealed his destiny: Safety Rahim Moore misplayed an under-thrown ball by Joe Flacco intended for Jacoby Jones. Jones returned the ball to the end zone and the game went into overtime. The rest is history. But despite of that mistake, Ron Milus did a decent job for the Chargers´ division rival from Denver. Under his guidance, the Broncos allowed the third fewest yards-per-game through the air (199.6). So, I think coach McCoy again did a great job on filling that job vacancy in the Chargers´ coaching staff.
Assistant Secondary Coach: Greg Williams
After spending his first four seasons with the Bolts´ as their assistant linebackers coach, he now transitions to the team´s secondary to work as an assistant under Ron Milus. The Chargers´ organization thinks highly of him and with good reason. A linebacker has led the team in tackles and sacks each of Williams’ seasons with the team. So hopefully he can keep up the good work for the Chargers´ secondary in 2013.
Linebackers Coach: Joe Barry
Joe Barry has been retained as the Chargers´ linebackers coach for next season. He already is “locked and loaded,” as his following statement regarding change in the Bolts´ coaching staff and the season 2013 indicates:
“I’m very excited to be back here to continue to work with coach Pagano” Barry said. “We have unfinished business. We played very well last year but I think we can play even better. It’s great to be here with Coach Mike McCoy. I’m encouraged by the little bit of time we’ve gotten to visit. I’m very excited about his vision and what he sees this team and this defense doing. It’s obviously great to still be a Charger and I’m very excited about our future.”
Well, as I said, he´s loaded already!
Assistant Linebackers Coach: Byron Storer
Last year Byron Storer served as special teams assistant in San Diego under former special teams coach Rich Bisaccia. He now joins the Chargers´ defensive coaching staff as an assistant coach working with the linebackers. He is entering his fourth year coaching in the National Football League.
Defensive Line Coach: Don Johnson
Keeping Don Johnson as the coach of the Chargers´ defensive line marks coach McCoy´s next excellent decision. Johnson joined the Bolts in 2009 and is returning for his fifth season as the team´s defensive line coach. Prior to his time here in San Diego, he was a member of the defensive coaching staff in Oakland and in Chicago.
Quality Control – Defense: Chad Grimm
NEW on board
Just like new offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and quarterback coach Frank Reich, Chad Grimm found his way out of Arizona to join the Chargers´ coaching lineup. He spent his last four seasons with the Cardinals as their offensive quality control coach. He will also be responsible for quality control here in San Diego, but on the defensive side of the ball.
Special Teams Coordinator: Kevin Spencer
NEW on board
With Whisenhunt, Reich, and Grimm already mentioned, Kevin Spencer is the fourth former Arizona coach added to McCoy´s staff. Prior to his time in Arizona, the NFL Special Teams coach of the Year 2003 worked for the Pittsburgh Steelers – he won Super Bowl XL with the team (just like Ken Whisenhunt). There are only four players in NFL history with four punt returns in one season; Spencer coached two of them: Antwaan Randle-El in Pittsburgh and Patrick Peterson in Arizona. Great to have him on board!
(read more on Spencer)
Assistant Special Teams Coach: Craig Aukerman
NEW on board
Coming from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Craig Aukerman will serve as the assistant for Special Teams coordinator Kevin Spencer. In 2011 he worked as defensive assistant for team before moving into a special teams role last season.
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Kent Johnston
NEW on board
Last week, Kent Johnston was announced as the new Strength and Conditioning coach for the San Diego Chargers. He joins the Chargers from Cleveland, where he spent the last three seasons heading up the Browns’ strength and conditioning program. The 1997 Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year also worked for the Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the Packers he was able to reach the Super Bowl twice, winning Super Bowl XXXI in 1997.
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach: Rick Lyle
NEW on board
Rick Lyle spent his last four seasons with the Cleveland Browns as their assistant strength and conditioning coach. As player he won the Super Bowl XXXVIII with the New England Patriots.
Together with the list of Part 1 of my series, we now know all the names of the Bolts´ coaching staff for the season 2013.
Hopefully the Chargers will make as good decisions in free agency and in the upcoming draft as they did on assembling their coaching lineup.
P.S.: Feel free to check out my Video about the Super Bowl history of our new San Diego Chargers Coaches. Bolt Up!