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LA Chargers: Assembling a modern-day dream coaching staff

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 29: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips of the Los Angeles Rams walks on the field during pregame warm up for the game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 29: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips of the Los Angeles Rams walks on the field during pregame warm up for the game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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LA Chargers’ dream defensive coaches:

Defensive coordinator: Wade Phillips

Wade Phillips was the defensive coordinator of the Chargers from 2004 to 2006 and has really blossomed into one of the best defensive coordinators in the entire league.

Phillips has been responsible for so many great defenses in the NFL and currently does not even have a job in the NFL, as it was clear that it was time for him to move on from the Rams and the team did not renew his contract.

He was not great as a head coach, but he put together great defense after great defense as a coordinator.

Linebackers coach: Gus Bradley

Gus Bradley revolutionized the Chargers’ defense with his Cover 3 scheme and while it has not been perfect, it has been beneficial to the Chargers. We wanted to make the current defensive coordinator the secondary coach, but since he has a history as a linebackers coach, this is the job we pegged him with.

Defensive line coach: John Pagano

John Pagano had a lot of success as the Chargers’ outside linebacker coach, particularly working with two of the best pass-rushers in team history in Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips.

With the Chargers running a 4-3 scheme, it makes sense to translate that coaching experience at outside linebacker into the defensive line, where he again would work with two sensational pass-rushers in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.

Secondary coach: Ron Milus

Ron Milus has coached the secondary in some capacity for the LA Chargers since the 2013 season and with the team having one of the best secondaries in the league in recent years, it makes sense to make him the coach of the secondary.

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Special teams: Steve Crosby

The last few years of Steve Crosby’s tenure with the LA Chargers were really rough as the Chargers were a really bad special teams team. However, most of his early work was phenomenal with several special teams Pro Bowlers as well as guiding Nate Kaeding to his success, even if he choked in the playoffs twice.

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