The San Diego Chargers hired Don Shula’s grandson to be the team’s defensive quality control coach.
The San Diego Chargers signed a defensive quality control coach today with the hiring of Chris Shula. The name Shula might ring a bell for NFL fans. Chris is the grandson of former Miami Dolphins head coaching great Don Shula and the son of former NFL head coach Mike Shula. He has coaching in his blood. He will get the opportunity to work with the Chargers in this role under defensive coordinator John Pagano.
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The Chargers will be looking to improve the defense in the offseason. They could use some help up front on the defensive line and at linebacker. The pass rush has been non-existent for the last few seasons and could certainly use a boost. Shula will be part of the process in building up this defense, but ultimately the defense lies with Coach Pagano.
The team also hired Mike Nolan to coach on the defense this season as well. If Pagano were to falter in any way, Nolan would likely be the next person in line to get an opportunity to run the squad.
We will see where GM Tom Telesco decides to put his focus on this offseason. He could use a few more playmakers on the defensive side of the ball, but his offensive line is in shambles as well. There are a number of holes that need to be filled this offseason and it will be up to Telesco to find some players that can fit with this team.
The offseason could start with bringing back Brandon Flowers to play in the secondary. That could be a nice start for the team’s defense to get back o n the right track. The team will need to get more production out of Donald Butler. That will be the main area of focus from new coach Mike Nolan. His job is to get the linebackers rolling and he has a number of guys that we will be depending on. Jerry Attaochu and Melvin Ingram will need to get to quarterbacks to force them into some bad throws.
We look forward to seeing what changes are made this offseason. It has to get better.