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LA Chargers: 3 coaches on the staff with the most to prove

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 08: Head coach Pep Hamilton of the DC Defenders reacts to a play before the XFL game against the St. Louis Battlehawks at Audi Field on March 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 08: Head coach Pep Hamilton of the DC Defenders reacts to a play before the XFL game against the St. Louis Battlehawks at Audi Field on March 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

LA Chargers coaches with the most to prove: Shane Steichen

Shane Steichen started last season with the LA Chargers as the quarterbacks coach and then moved to the interim offensive coordinator role after the team fired Ken Whisenhunt. Steichen was promoted to the full-time offensive coordinator in 2020 and now has a lot to prove.

Steichen has been with the Chargers for many years. He first served on the staff in 2011 and 2012 and then after a year with the Cleveland Browns, returned to the team in 2013 as an offensive quality control coach and has worked his way up since.

Steichen is going to have quite the challenge with the offense as the team is essentially changing their identity as a whole. In year’s past, the Chargers have had a gunslinging offense that asked a lot of Philip Rivers. Now, the team has a mobile quarterback and should be looking to move out of the bottom-third in the league in rushing attempts per game.

The ceiling of the Chargers’ success in 2020 all has to do with how the team gameplans the offense around Taylor under center. Poor play-calling and not utilizing the strengths on the roster is going to lead to a very poor season.

However, if the team leans into its identity as being a clock-chewing offense that gets downfield slowly with a great defense then the ceiling could be much higher.

This is Steichen’s first chance at being a coordinator and he is tasked with a fairly big challenge. He has a lot to prove.

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