May 11, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano (left) and linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) at rookie minicamp at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

The Pressure Is On John Pagano To Perform

Look back at the last few Chargers defensive coordinators: Greg Manusky was a mess! Ron Rivera became a head coach for the Carolina Panthers. Ted Cottrell, TERRIBLE! Wade Phillips was a stud and became the Dallas Head Coach. Now it is John Pagano’s turn to take over the defense.

After last season, the Chargers defense needed to make changes. The changes started at the top with the defensive coordinator and then trickled down to the rest of the roster. We added Jarett Johnson, Melvin Ingram, Kendall Reyes and Atari Bigby to contribute on the defense. Corey Liuget, Marcus Gilchrist, and Donald Butler have one year of experience under their belts. The fans hold an expectation for change. The roster has talent and it will be up to Pagano to put the pieces together.

Norv Turner knows how to put up points with Philip Rivers and company on offense. The defense needs to create more opportunities. The defense needs to make stops and it needs to cause turnovers. Slow down the opposing offense and it should lead to a lot of wins.

Pagano takes over a defense with both Coach Turner and GM AJ Smith under heavy fire. If the defense fails, heads will be rolling.

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  • 619chargers4life

    man on man i hope Pagano is the missing link and the next coming of Jesus to work miracles on our D.

    • 619chargers4life

      ****Man OH Man****

  • charger17/tkc

    If Pagano runs a aggressive defense everything will fall into place! #BoltUp

    • Bleu

      @charger17/tkc I agree man we got to let theme young defensive studs we have go out, there and have fun. turn the loose and be aggressive

  • Bleu

    anytime you have young talented high draft picks on defense like we do if those young players dont perform well the first place you have to look at is the coaching staff. you have to have a defensive coordinator that can really critique his players know there strengths and weaknesses etc. so they can help then grow. iron sharpens iron real talk so hopefully pagano does his job. no way we can have the roster we have and not be successful.

  • arnie

    i don’t know if the pressure is on Pagano to perform. i think that falls squarely on Norv’s shoulders.  Pagano just really has to “show some improvement” from least season. that shouldn’t be to hard with talent he has on the squad. but if it were an epic fail there are three things that are out of his control.
    1) he is not the boss. Norv is. that means Norv is the HC so he makes the schedules and final roster decisions. Pagano can only make recommendations, to his boss. then do what his boss tells him.2) Injuries. this team seems to like the injury bug. while it seems when coaching changes are concerned, the Strength n’ conditions, should have been addressed in the offseason. but again Norv is responsible for hire n’ there to. (Note; these are virtually the same people that has followed Norv from The Redkins. they loved the injury bug to)3) Playmakers. there is a lot of talent. a lot of potential on this roster. but nothing can make a DC look like a genius than Playmakers.  Example; when the Chargers needed someone to make a play on those third an longs,last season, what usually happened is opposing offenses converted. While the QB had all day to survey the field and make a sandwich.
    So i’m going to give Pagano some slack. just like i did Manusky. it will take some time for schemes to sink in. Because i will not hold the DC responsible for Norv’s inability to to score touchdowns, and settle for field goals