San Diego Chargers: Retaining Coaches Continues A Pattern

By Erwin Mendoza
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This week’s San Diego Chargers related coaching carousel was predictable, and hidden underneath was a familiar idea of continuity.

Allowing Ken Whisenhunt to leave for the Tennessee Titans and elevating quarterbacks coach Frank Reich means the Philip Rivers can seamlessly continue a no-huddle offense. Keeping John Pagano as defensive coordinator allows Tom Telesco more time to get Pagano more defensive pieces to keep Eric Weddle happy.

San Diego’s coaching decisions scream one word — Triggering.

The same idea behind continuity allowed the Chargers to re-hire Norv Turner. Back in 2006, it was either continue the same offense for Rivers’ sake or overhaul it entirely with a Rex Ryan-led offense. We all know the end story from there. So, it was continuity that kept Turner in San Diego for a long time.

The organization turned that page last year and with the Telesco and Mike McCoy hiring, they ended the previous regime’s idea of continuity. No AJ Smith dictatorship or Turner taking too much responsibility leaving no accountability in the locker room.

The end of the 2013 season was miraculous. The city of San Diego became electrified on a missed field goal on the last game of the regular season. Then, the Chargers parlayed an improbable 9-7 record into a respectable playoff run. The Chargers even beat a team in the playoffs using a formula not used since the Marty Schottenheimer era. Martyball doesn’t bother the fan base as they are re-energized under the new regime.

Continuity in the Telesco and McCoy era means another step in revitalizing a team used to mediocrity. In the coming 2014 season, there is still much change on the horizon as assistants continue to fill out the rest of the coaching carousel.

The coaching decision might seem triggering, but they continue to believe they are bettering themselves.

Erwin Mendoza is a San Diego Chargers writer for Follow him on Twitter @erwinsports, or add him to your network on Google.

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