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Ron Milus
Secondary
College:
University of Washington
Hometown:
Tacoma, WA
Experience:
15

Bio

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. The Chargers intercepted 10 passes in their 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.

Eric Weddle, the leader of that secondary, earned his second-career Pro Bowl nod after pacing the squad with 114 tackles and tying for the team lead in interceptions. Shareece Wright also emerged as a future star. He started 13 games and led the squad with 13 passes defensed, while also securing his first two career interceptions, including a game-changing pick in the Chargers’ wild card win in Cincinnati.

A native of Tacoma, Wash., Milus was a cornerback and return specialist at the University of Washington in the mid-1980s. He moved into coaching in 1988, starting at Tacoma’s Lincoln High School. That led to a graduate assistant’s position at Washington and then ultimately a seven-year stint as the Huskies’ defensive backs coach. Washington made two Rose Bowl appearances during Milus’ tenure and led the nation with 22 interceptions in 1993.

Milus moved on to the NFL in 2000, joining the Denver Broncos as defensive backs coach. In his first season, the secondary racked up 21 interceptions, its highest total since 1987. A year later in 2001, cornerback Deltha O’Neal made the Pro Bowl after tying for third in the NFL with nine interceptions. Milus spent three seasons in Denver before splitting time between Arizona, the New York Giants, St. Louis and Carolina. He returned to Denver for a second stint in 2011.

In 2012, the Broncos led the NFL in fewest yards allowed per pass play. They ranked second in total defense and third in pass defense en route to winning the AFC West with a 13-3 record and earning the top seed in the AFC playoffs. Cornerback Chris Harris returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns and veteran corner Champ Bailey was selected to the Pro Bowl for the 12th time in his career.

Milus and his wife, Sandra, have two sons: Ryan and Bobby.

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. The Chargers intercepted 10 passes in their 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.

Eric Weddle, the leader of that secondary, earned his second-career Pro Bowl nod after pacing the squad with 114 tackles and tying for the team lead in interceptions. Shareece Wright also emerged as a future star. He started 13 games and led the squad with 13 passes defensed, while also securing his first two career interceptions, including a game-changing pick in the Chargers’ wild card win in Cincinnati.

A native of Tacoma, Wash., Milus was a cornerback and return specialist at the University of Washington in the mid-1980s. He moved into coaching in 1988, starting at Tacoma’s Lincoln High School. That led to a graduate assistant’s position at Washington and then ultimately a seven-year stint as the Huskies’ defensive backs coach. Washington made two Rose Bowl appearances during Milus’ tenure and led the nation with 22 interceptions in 1993.

Milus moved on to the NFL in 2000, joining the Denver Broncos as defensive backs coach. In his first season, the secondary racked up 21 interceptions, its highest total since 1987. A year later in 2001, cornerback Deltha O’Neal made the Pro Bowl after tying for third in the NFL with nine interceptions. Milus spent three seasons in Denver before splitting time between Arizona, the New York Giants, St. Louis and Carolina. He returned to Denver for a second stint in 2011.

In 2012, the Broncos led the NFL in fewest yards allowed per pass play. They ranked second in total defense and third in pass defense en route to winning the AFC West with a 13-3 record and earning the top seed in the AFC playoffs. Cornerback Chris Harris returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns and veteran corner Champ Bailey was selected to the Pro Bowl for the 12th time in his career.

Milus and his wife, Sandra, have two sons: Ryan and Bobby.

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