3. There are more defensive-minded coaches worth hiring and finding a great defensive coordinator will be tough
First of all, the LA Chargers will not get a great defensive coordinator to replace Gus Bradley. They would have to get a defensive-minded coach that was just fired from being a head coach, like Todd Bowles with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past offseason.
That likely is not going to happen. Instead, if the team really wants a great defensive mind that has proven it in the NFL then they will have to hire a coordinator as a head coach. Then, the team could even groom another coach to be the defensive coordinator while working under the new coach — like how Steichen worked up in the team’s coaching tree.
There are some decent defensive-minded coaches out there to consider. Our own Ryan Daley broke down three coaching candidates, two of which were defensive-minded in Robert Saleh and Don Martindale.
There are more options, though. Perhaps Bowles wants to take another shot at being a head coach after such a great season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Keith Butler has done a great job in Pittsburgh and has never got a head coaching chance, Matt Eberflus has been fantastic in Indy.
Heck, while I personally would not love it, if the Minnesota Vikings part ways with Mike Zimmer he could even be an intriguing option to make the most out of this defense while allowing the offense to be controlled by Steichen.
We have seen how good those Vikings teams can be with Kirk Cousins under center. Just imagine how good they could be with Justin Herbert.
Regardless, there are options there for great defensive minds and with a an offensive coaching staff that has been excelling, the team can afford to change course and go in the defensive direction.