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Chris Hairston Talks Reunion with Coach Joe D.
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In the NFL, relationships between players and coaches are forged daily. Despite the fact that they may eventually go separate ways, the league is still a pretty small world and you never know when paths may cross again.
In April, the Chargers signed Chris Hairston. Not only did the former Buffalo Bills offensive tackle gain a warmer climate, but he was reunited with his former Offensive Line Coach in Joe D’Alessandris.
“It’s been a good (transition),” Hairston said. “It happened pretty fast. I’m glad to be out here in this good weather and back with Joe D. who I had for two years before. I’m enjoying it and taking it day by day.”
Hairston and D’Alessandris’ bond goes back to 2011 when D’Alessandris, the former Offensive Line Coach of the Bills, drafted the swing tackle out of Clemson. Under D’Alessandris, Hairston appeared in 41 games with 15 starts and said his former coach played a factor in why he chose to sign with San Diego.
“Chris is a very intelligent young man,” D’Alessandris said. “He really tries to become a technician, so it is good to be back with him. He just has to get back to using the communication system faster. He was exposed to this system when we were in Buffalo. Repetition will speed up this process.”
Hairston believes not much has changed with his coach despite the two years they’ve been apart. In fact, D’Alessandris’ is already pushing Hairston to take advantage of every opportunity the offseason brings.
“(D’Alessandris’) is still a high-octane coach,” Hairston said. “He’s on it as soon as you get out to practice. He’s going to work you hard and he’s going to have you ready. Work ethic and passion doesn’t change from one job to the next. He’s helped me grow this offseason.”
“(It brings) versatility,” Hairston mentioned. “(It’s so important) to be able to understand (D’Alessandris’) offense and be able to play any part they ask of me. The more you can do to help your team, the more valuable you are to your team. It’s just important to always be ready. Sometimes things just happen. I’ve been a part of lines where they were really decimated and I was able to go in at guard or go in on the other side to keep helping the team win.” Read