Chargers retain coordinators Gus Bradley, Ken Whisenhunt
By Jack Wang
The Chargers won nine games in 2017 in large part because of their defense. On Tuesday, they made sure to retain the man in charge.
Both defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will return for the 2018 season, a team spokesperson confirmed. Bradley reportedly agreed to a three-year deal – a coup for the Chargers after he generated interest from both the Packers and the Seahawks.
Seattle is also where Bradley first made his name as a coordinator from 2009-12, building a defense that featured a secondary known as the “Legion of Boom.” After four uninspiring years as Jacksonville’s head coach, he found similar success in Los Angeles.
The Chargers’ defense was spotty against the run this season, but despite those struggles, it was a major reason why an 0-4 start didn’t lead to a full-on collapse. Defensive ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram both became Pro Bowlers for the first time, combining for 23 of the team’s 43 sacks. That was good for fifth-most in the league. Undrafted second-year pro Trevor Williams emerged opposite star cornerback Casey Hayward, while safety Tre Boston – cut by the Panthers last May – led the team with five interceptions.
The Chargers also allowed fewer points per game (17.0) than all but two other teams in the league, and ranked sixth in takeaways (27).
Coach Anthony Lynn credited much of that to Bradley, who runs a scheme that allows players to learn quickly and play without overthinking.
“I just love the philosophy, allowing young guys to come in and play fast, play physical and play confident,” Lynn said recently. “And, you can really evaluate a man’s skill set in his philosophy. Those guys are making plays. Just look at the turnovers they’ve started to create. Those are timely turnovers, being […]