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

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Ted Monachino

Again, the LA Chargers are not going to be able to hire some big-name defensive coordinator unless they are offering a job increase. There is a good chance that you have never heard of Ted Monachino and that is fine.

Monachino is currently the senior defensive assistant and outside linebackers coach of the Chicago Bears, who as painful as they are to watch, have one of the best defenses in the league with one of the best outside linebacker units in the league.

Monachino has a long coaching career and has coached some of the best players and defenses in recent NFL history. He spent six seasons as the outside linebackers coach of the Baltimore Ravens, coaching Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil.

He was the defensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars for four years prior to that and even spent two seasons as the Indianapolis Colts’ defensive coordinator in 2016 and 2017.

He has the experience around really good defenses and has essentially been groomed to be a great defensive coach by Chuck Pagano. On the Chargers, he would be coaching Joey Bosa and could maximize Bosa to help him realize his Defensive Player of the Year potential.