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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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

3. Robert Saleh’s coaching staff can emulate the Kyle Shanahan offense

Kyle Shanahan is one of the best offensive-minded coaches in football and even though the team would not be getting Shanahan, they could get offensive minds that know what it takes to implement that style of offense and execute it with Justin Herbert.

That is possible with Saleh because of the coaches he can bring along with him. The Chargers really should be cleaning house after such a bad season and it would not be shocking to see not just the head coach get overhauled but both coordinator positions.

Our own Steven Haglund outlined a potential coaching staff that could come along with Saleh that is not just promising but realistic as well.

The best possible coaching staff I can think of that isn’t completely out of the question for the Chargers is this one:HC – Robert SalehOC – Mike McDaniel (SF run game coordinator)DC Kris Richard (former Dallas DC and worked with Saleh in Seattle)

— Steven Haglund (@StevenIHaglund) December 1, 2020

Mike McDaniel is more than just the run game coordinator for San Francisco. He is someone who has been alongside Shanahan for years and absolutely has the mind and experience to emulate what Shanahan has done and implement a great offensive scheme for the Bolts.

McDaniel coached with Shanahan in Houston, Washington, Cleveland, Atlanta and now San Francisco. It is time that the 37-year-old gets an elevated role and his connection with Saleh absolutely makes him a candidate.

Kris Richard (or whoever the defensive coordinator is) would not matter as much if Saleh is taking over the defensive duties but he absolutely is qualified to hold the position.

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The offense should be in good hands and the team could even keep Pep Hamilton around either as the quarterbacks coach or elevate him to the passing coordinator or assistant head coach — something to elevate him and keep him on the staff to give Herbert some sort of familiarity.

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