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LA Chargers: Why Robert Saleh would be a perfect head coach hire

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 29: San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh has a conversation with Dre Greenlaw #57 of the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during their game at CenturyLink Field on December 29, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 29: San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh has a conversation with Dre Greenlaw #57 of the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during their game at CenturyLink Field on December 29, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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2. The LA Chargers are better off hiring a defensive-minded head coach, like Saleh

This is definitely debatable and there are those that believe that the LA Chargers are better off with an offensive-minded head coach. I get that line of thinking — the Chargers have a franchise quarterback with generational arm strength and should not bottle him down with a head coach that lacks offensive prowess.

However, that is not a problem if the LA Chargers make the right offensive coordinator hire (we will get to that a bit later). A defensive-minded head coach can essentially take full responsibility of the defense, allowing the coordinator to control the offense.

Saleh is a really smart guy and he knows what he does not know and I do not think he would come into LA and expect to be the offensive play-caller. As a defensive-minded guy, his focus would be on revamping a defense that has the talent but has not been able to execute.

What he can do with this defense is really intriguing. We have seen how dominant the 49ers’ front seven is when healthy and the Chargers have the personnel to produce a similar outlook. He also has gotten the most out of Richard Sherman, who really seemed like he was not an impact corner anymore. Hopefully, he can do the same with Casey Hayward.

The reality is that the offense has so much talent that as long as the team makes a good hire then it will be just fine. The defense has talent but needs a lot of help. They are not going to get that help by hiring a new defensive coordinator.

As previously stated, they need someone to come in and change the culture, especially defensively.

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