3. Someone who can bring a viable staff with him to the LA Chargers
At the time of writing this, there is no reports about the LA Chargers parting ways with the rest of the coaching staff. However, Dean Spanos wrote in his statement on the matter that “we have been innovative in many facets of our organization in recent years, and we need to carry that over to our entire operation.”
It feels almost like a foregone conclusion at this point that the Chargers are going to completely start over, at least from a coordinator standpoint. Gus Bradley’s refusal to adapt hurt the team both this season and in years past (2018 playoffs vs. New England) and as mentioned, Shane Steichen did not maximize Herbert’s abilities.
The team already has a hole at special teams coordinator that needs to be addressed and I am sure there are other coaches that will be let go as well. Pep Hamilton is seemingly the only coach that Charger fans want to see stick around, but even his status is not guaranteed.
This is likely going to be a full-boar house cleaning.
That means that the next head coach has to be someone who has tangible staff that he can bring alongside him.
Personally, the coach I like the most in this department is Robert Saleh. Saleh is a defensive-minded coach, but he could bring over assistants from Kyle Shanahan’s offense that would achieve the goal of unlocking Herbert and creating a more complete offense.
Saleh is not the only one with connections, but the last thing the Chargers should do right now is hiring the scrap heaps of the head coaching market as they did with Bradley and Ken Whisenhunt. It just has not worked that way.