Nolan was the Falcons’ defensive coordinator from 2012-14. He made an immediate impact in his first season in Atlanta as the Falcons recorded an NFC-best 13-3 record and earned the NFC’s number-one seed in the playoffs in ‘12.
After spending a year as a quality control coach for the offense, Sirianni earned a promotion to quarterbacks coach. He takes over for Frank Reich, who was promoted to offensive coordinator. It was a well-deserved promotion for Sirianni who lent his assistance to an offense that racked up 6,293 total yards, including 4,478 through the air and 1,965 on the ground.
In his first season as the assistant secondary coach in 2013, Williams worked with Ron Milus and the duo saw their charges intercept 10 passes in the last nine games, playoffs included, after intercepting just four in the season’s first nine games, The unit also combined to break up 44 passes on the season, including a season-high 11 in a key December win against the New York Giants and eight more in the Bolts’ Jan. 5 Wild Card Playoff win in Cincinnati.
Two games into his first season with the Chargers, Fred Graves found himself without the services of the team’s two returning starters as Danario Alexander went down with a season-ending knee injury during training camp and Malcom Floyd suffered a season-en
If the NFL had handed out an Offensive Line Coach of the Year Award in 2013, D’Alessandris would have been a leading candidate. Few teams endured as much turnover as the Chargers, as injuries forced him to start seven different combinations of linemen, while playing a total of 17 different combinations on the line at various points of the season. Only seven times did the Bolts’ five starting offensive linemen play an entire game together.
One of the longest-tenured assistant coaches in franchise history, Ollie Wilson again demonstrated in 2013 why he’s one of the most highly-regarded running backs coaches in the National Football League.
One year into his stewardship in San Diego, the future looks bright for the secondary under Milus. He showed patience with his relatively untested group in 2013 and that patience was rewarded as the unit played its best football when the Chargers needed it most, late into the season and during the playoffs in January.
Johnston joined the Chargers in 2013 after spending three seasons heading up the Cleveland Browns’ strength and conditioning program. The 1997 Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society and a 2005 inductee into the Strength and Conditioning Hall of Fame in York, Pa., Johnston began his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1987.
In his first season in San Diego working with Joe D’Alessandris, Dees helped shape an offensive line that allowed just 30 sacks during the regular season, tied with Chicago for fourth-fewest in the league, along with only 150 yards in losses, which was the second-lowest total in the NFL.
Former Houston Texans assistant linebackers coach Bobby King joined the Chargers in the same capacity in 2014. In Houston in 2013, inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton led the Texans in tackles and linebackers comprised three of the team’s five leading tacklers.
A native of Louisville, Ky., King was a three-year letter winner and a two-year starter on the defensive line at the University of Texas-El Paso. It’s also where he made his start in coaching, serving as a student assistant working with the defensive line from 2002-03.
Steichen re-joins the Chargers after spending the 2013 season as an offensive quality control coach in Cleveland, working with the quarterbacks. His first stint with the Chargers was as a defensive assistant from 2011-12.
Due to injuries, three Browns quarterbacks started multiple games in 2013 and each passed for over 300 yards in at least one game. It marked the first time in franchise history and sixth time in NFL history that it had ever happened.
Steichen originally came to San Diego from Louisville, where he worked in 2010 as an offensive assistant.
Lyle joined the Chargers in 2013 after four seasons as the assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Cleveland Browns. He is a former NFL player with a Super Bowl title on his resume. Lyle played with Cleveland (1994-95), Baltimore (1996), the New York Jets (1997-01) and New England (2002-03), winning a championship with the Patriots in his final season.
Ridgley was promoted to his current post in 2014 after spending two seasons as a coaching administrative assistant. He assists the head coach with daily responsibilities, including scheduling, and works with running backs coach Ollie Wilson.