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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 NFL via Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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3. Teryl Austin

Teryl Austin is a really intriguing option that I think would be fantastic as a defensive coordinator on any NFL team. With an opening and previous interest from the Chargers, I would not be surprised if Austin is linked to the team in several months after Bradley is eventually let go.

Austin began his NFL coaching career as a secondary coach for the Seattle Seahawks in 2003 and has had several different jobs both in the league and at the college level since then.

Most notably, Austin was the defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions from 2014 to 2017 as well as the Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive coordinator in 2018.

His last defensive coordinator tenure was not great but it was the Bengals — limited talent and all. He was really solid with the Detroit Lions and coached the defense to be a massive part of the team’s 11-5 record in 2014.

You have to go back to 1991 to find the Lions’ last 11-win season and in that season they allowed the third-fewest points per game.

Austin is currently the senior defensive assistant and secondary coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have one of the best defenses and secondaries in the entire league.

The LA Chargers interviewed Austin for their head coaching vacancy back in 2017, so there is already some sort of relationship there.

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