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LA Chargers: 3 options to replace Gus Bradley as defensive coordinator

Aug 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, United States; Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley at a scrimmage at SoFi Stadium that was cancelled in the wake of protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, United States; Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley at a scrimmage at SoFi Stadium that was cancelled in the wake of protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. Brendan Daly

Brendan Daly is someone who I could see the LA Chargers bringing in if they hired Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to be the head coach. Daboll is currently the odds-on favorite to be hired for the job.

Daly and Daboll spent time together in New England. Daboll was the Patriots’ tight ends coach from 2013 to 2016 and Daly served as the defensive line coach from 2015-2018. He also served as a defensive assistant in 2014.

You could also make the case for Daly being the defensive coordinator if the Chargers hire Eric Bieniemy.

Daly took over as the defensive line coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 and has done a fairly good job there as well. While the Chiefs are not known for having a great defense, they do have two fantastic defensive linemen in Frank Clark and Chris Jones.

Daly has a lot of experience under his belt but is still relatively young in football years, providing the freshness of a younger coach rather than bringing in an older coach that has been through the wringer. His experience at the age of 45 is quite remarkable.

Not only has Daly coached under Andy Reid and Bill Belichick but he also served a two-year stint as the defensive line coach of the Minnesota Vikings and a three-year stint as the defensive line coach of the then St. Louis Rams. Daly has been in the league since 2006 and certainly knows what it takes to be a winning football team.

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