Fans are hopeful that the LA Chargers are in better coaching hands heading into 2021 as the front office completely gutted the previous coaching staff and brought in a new regime. Brandon Staley is now calling the shots in LA with a staff around him that is almost 100% different.
While fans feel good about Staley the only true way to gauge the new staff is with the results on the field and we are still months away from that being a reality.
With the coaching change this offseason, we here at Bolt Beat thought it would be a fun exercise to build our dream former player coaching staff. The rules are simple: build an entire coaching staff full of players who use to play for the Bolts. No active players allowed and they could have played for the Chargers at any point. Living or not living.
Let’s get into the head coach and coordinators.
LA Chargers dream coaching staff of former players:
Head coach: Philip Rivers
I mean, c’mon, can it be anyone else? Philip Rivers is the greatest player in LA Chargers history and is undoubtedly a fantastic leader. Whether it is firing his guys up or changing plays at the line of scrimmage, Rivers has all the makings to be a great head coach.
Rivers has gone from one dream of his to another in real life as he is now the head coach of the St. Michael Catholic football team. He appears to be focused on high school football, but who knows, maybe he moves his way up the ladder in the future.
Offensive coordinator: Dan Fouts
There are several players who could fit in as the offensive coordinator but Dan Fouts is the best bet. Not only does he have a great football mind, as evident by his long career in color commentary on NFL broadcasts, but he was part of a special offense during his tenure with the Chargers.
The Air Coryell offense was completely revolutionary for its time and I like bringing in an offensive coordinator who has already been a part of something revolutionary.
Defensive coordinator: Junior Seau
The greatest defensive player in Chargers history and one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history. He was the definition of a ferocious leader on the football field and would be perfect in firing up his defense and establishing a defensive culture that breaks the opponents.
Special teams: Speedy Duncan
Speedy Duncan was on the LA Chargers from 1964 to 1970 and was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Bolts. He recorded four punt return touchdowns in his seven seasons, led the league in punt return yards once and the league in yards per return twice.