The LA Chargers officially have parted ways with Joe Lombardi and are looking for a new offensive coordinator that can best maximize Justin Hebert and this offense. This is an extremely important hire for both Brandon Staley and Tom Telesco as the duo's jobs are 100% on the line in the 2023 season.
If the Bolts do not make the right hire and the offense is the same (or takes a step back) then things are not going to be good for the coaching staff next season. Not only will this new offensive coordinator get canned, but so will Staley and Telesco.
Brandon Staley did not get his first choice in Lombardi two years ago. Hopefully, Staley and the Bolts do get their first choice this time around, especially considering this is the best coordinator job in the entire sport.
Chargers fans just have to hope that Staley and Telesco don't make another mistake like they did when they hired Lombardi.
Here are 4 offensive coordinator candidates the Chargers must steer clear of:
1. Nathaniel Hackett
This is the hardest of nos. While that might seem like a no-brainer, there is actually some precedent that could lead to Hackett being a candidate. After all, Hackett was reportedly the team's third option in 2021 before hiring Lombardi and he comes from the coaching tree that the Chargers are exploring.
Hackett's impact on the Green Bay Packers in 2021 was overblown as he benefitted from an offensive-minded head coach and a back-to-back MVP. He proved that his impact was overblown in 2022 as the Broncos' offense was downright awful.
There are so many better options from the Shanahan/McVay coaching tree that the Chargers could explore. Let another team take a chance on Nathaniel Hackett.