Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports – LA Chargers
1. Pep Hamilton
The LA Chargers brought Pep Hamilton over from the folded XFL to be the team’s quarterbacks coach in 2020 and he became one of the most popular coaches on the coaching staff. It is unclear just how much credit he deserves in Justin Herbert’s rookie season but he also previously worked with Andrew Luck both in college and the NFL, who is a really good comparison to Justin Herbert.
Hamilton got one chance to be an offensive coordinator in the NFL and that was with the Colts from 2013 to 2015. The best season of Luck’s career was the 2014 season under Hamilton as he threw for 4,761 yards and 40 touchdowns.
However, it is worth noting that the Colts were simply league average in 2013 and Hamilton was fired eight games into the 2018 season. The Colts went just 1-5 in the games that Luck started and Hamilton was the OC that season.
The most important thing here though is his relationship with Justin Herbert. Even though he is a defensive-minded head coach, Staley is likely going to bring in a philosophical change offensively. He has seen what works and what doesn’t work.
Staley can implement that change, show Hamilton what he wants to be done on the offensive side of the football and work together with him in that process.