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LA Chargers: 4 options to replace Gus Bradley as defensive coordinator

Aug 30, 2020; Los Angeles, California, United States; Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley wears a face covering during training camp at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 30, 2020; Los Angeles, California, United States; Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley wears a face covering during training camp at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers undoubtedly need to move on from Gus Bradley after this season.

The LA Chargers have been very disappointing this season and while a lot factors into the team’s disappointing season, one of the biggest sources of blame is defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

The Chargers have allowed 29 points or more in six consecutive games and Bradley continues to throw the same defense out there, even if it does not work. Heck, rookie Tua Tagovailoa, in his third career NFL start, even said that the Chargers ran exactly what they were expecting them to run on defense.

That’s not good.

The Chargers need to make a change at defensive coordinator. Personally, I want to see the team hire a defensive-minded head coach to take over the defense, but if they don’t, there are some decent options available to take over for Bradley.

The Bolts are not going to lure any big-name defensive coordinator away from their current team unless it is a head coaching job. Thus, there are four early candidates that could replace Gus Bradley after this season.

1. Raheem Morris

Raheem Morris is the current interim head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and he has done a really good job as the interim coach thus far. The Falcons are 3-1 in games that Morris is the head coach and the team would be 4-0 if Todd Gurley didn’t fall into the endzone against Detroit.

Despite his hot start, there is no guarantee that the Falcons keep Morris around as the head coach, although he certainly will be a candidate. If the Falcons look elsewhere, though, the Chargers should call Morris and look to bring him in as the defensive coordinator.

He has both head coaching and defensive coordinator experience and has been fairly successful in the roles that he has received in the NFL. His NFL coaching career dates back to 2002 with his specialty being in the secondary.

That is the area that needs the most help heading into next season.

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