The LA Chargers found their offensive coordinator in Kellen Moore, who brings the perfect blend of a new offensive philosophy with play-calling experience. Moore piloted some of the best offenses in the league with the Dallas Cowboys and now he has an elite quarterback to work with in Justin Herbert.
The Bolts now need to turn their attention to filling out Moore's offensive coaching staff. It does not appear that there is going to be an overhaul of the offensive coaching staff but the team does still need to hire a quarterbacks coach to replace Shane Day, who was fired alongside Joe Lombardi.
One potential candidate for the Chargers' QBs coach job is Minnesota Vikings assistant QBs coach, Jerrod Johnson. Los Angeles interviewed Johnson for the vacant offensive coordinator position but could still bring him in with a different role. This would be elevating him from his role in Minnesota and he does have ties to Moore.
The Chargers are not the only team with potential interest in Johnson, though, as newfound competition has emerged in the Houston Texans. According to Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston, the Texans have interviewed Johnson for a senior offensive assistant staff position.
Jerrod Johnson would be foolish to choose the Texans over the Chargers.
If both the Chargers and Texans offer Johnson a job then the decision should be rather clear to the former NFL quarterback. Los Angeles has a much better job opportunity not only for immediate success but for Johnson's overall career as well.
The Chargers are a playoff team with an offense that has the potential of being one of the best in the league, especially with a change at coordinator. Houston was one of the worst teams in the league and even with Bryce Young, there is a lot of work to be done.
Johnson would also be brought in to be the long-term option at offensive coordinator for the Bolts. If all goes well with Moore in LA, he should be getting head-coaching buzz as early as next offseason. Heck, Joe Lombardi got a head coach interview after 2021 and Moore has far more of a track record in the league.
Getting someone in the building that can grow into the role and take over the job in the case of a Moore promotion to head coach is important. With the Chargers, Johnson would be getting the wink-wink agreement of an OC job once Moore gets a promotion.
There are a lot of reasons to like Johnson as a potential coach on this staff and fans should be hoping that the team does what it can to bring him to LA this offseason.