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The Pressure Is On John Pagano To Perform

By Ernie Padaon

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

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.