4. Matt Patricia
We said that the LA Chargers are not going to lure any of the top defensive coordinators unless they give them a better job than the one they already have. However, they could hire someone who is getting a worse job if they are fired from being a head coach in the NFL.
This is what happened with Gus Bradley. He was absolutely awful as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and was fired, only to be hired as the defensive coordinator of the LA Chargers. Some people are better as coordinators, perhaps that is the case for Matt Patricia.
Patricia would be a really interesting hire and certainly would be one that is debated among Charger fans extensively. On one hand, Patricia has floundered in Detroit and the defense has not particularly been all that great during his tenure.
On the other hand, he was the defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots for six seasons, turning in some of the best defenses in the league. He is a Bill Belichick disciple and getting that kind of coaching pedigree in the organization could be a great thing. Just look at Brian Flores.
Then again, how much of the defense really was Patricia and how much was Belichick?
I would not hate the idea of Patricia being the defensive coordinator as he has had success in the job and the biggest negatives that come with him being a head coach would be negated.
Regardless, if the Detroit Lions head coach gets fired, which he very well could be, then he will naturally be linked to any opening, including the LA Chargers.