LA Chargers: Assembling a modern-day dream coaching staff
By Jason Reed
Some great coaches have coached on the LA Chargers coaching staff.
The LA Chargers do not have some crazy coaching tree, such as the Bill Parcells coaching tree, that gives way to the future of the coaches in the NFL. Heck, the team does not even have what the Los Angeles Rams have, who got several people hired from the team just for being associated with Sean McVay.
However, there have been some great recent coaches that coached for the Chargers. The question is not if there have been great coaches for the Bolts, but what kind of modern daydream coaching staff we could form with these coaches.
Gaining inspiration from our FanSided sister site, Reign of Troy, we decided to put together a modern-day dream coaching staff. We filled head coach, offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator and seven specialized coaches on both sides of the ball.
Oh, and there are two rules. The coaches had to have coached for the Chargers (obviously) and must be in a position where they could realistically coach in 2020. For that reason, we left off Marty Schottenheimer, as he is 76 and has not coached in the NFL since 2006.
LA Chargers’ dream head coach: Ron Rivera
Ron Rivera was let go by the Carolina Panthers prior to the end of last season and was one of the hottest coaches on the job market in the offseason. It did not take Rivera long to find a new job, as he is now the head coach of the Washington Redskins and is looking to do to the Redskins the same that he did to the Panthers.
The 2010 Panthers were the worst team in the league with a 2-14 record and had not won a playoff game since 2005. Rivera took over in 2011 and slowly grew the team, alongside Cam Netwon, and was consistently one of the most successful teams during his tenure.
Rivera has a 76-63 record as a head coach and made the playoffs four times in his nine seasons. The Panthers made it all the way to Super Bowl 50 as well but were outmatched by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Out of any recent coach that has served time with the LA Chargers, I am most comfortable giving Ron Rivera the starting job.