James Cregg joined the Chargers in 2017 as assistant offensive line coach after spending three seasons (2014-16) with Denver in that same capacity.
In Cregg’s first year with the Broncos (2014), Denver’s offensive line featured new starters at all five positions. Despite the changes, the Broncos allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL (17) and ranked fourth in the League in total offense (402.9 ypg). Tackle Ryan Clady earned his fourth-career Pro Bowl nod.
The Broncos won Super Bowl 50 in Cregg’s second season in the Mile High City, defeating Carolina, 24-10. Denver’s squad featured six new players who made starts along the offensive line.
A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Cregg prepped at Norco (Calif.) High School before spending four years (1992-95) as an offensive lineman at Colorado State University. He was a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection as a senior.
Cregg remained at Colorado State and landed his first coaching job as a defensive graduate assistant from 1997-99. After three seasons at his alma mater, Cregg moved on to Colgate (2000-03) and Idaho (2004-06), coaching the defensive line at both stops.
In 2007, Cregg landed his first NFL job as an assistant offensive line coach with the Oakland Raiders (2007-08). In 2009, he was hired to coach the offensive line at the University of Tennessee. That season, the Volunteers allowed just 12 sacks, tied for fewest on the Southeastern Conference.
Cregg spent just one season in Knoxville before moving out to California to become the offensive line coach at USC for the next four seasons (2010-13). Cregg coached first-team All-Pac-12 selections in each of his four years with the school, including offensive tackles and future NFL first-round picks Tyron Smith (No. 9, Dallas, 2011) and Matt Kalil (No. 4, Minnesota, 2012). In 2011, USC finished second in the nation in sacks allowed (eight) despite not starting a senior along the offensive line. Kalil was named first-team All-America, while guard Marcus Martin was chosen as a first-team Freshman All-America.
Cregg and his wife, Dayna, have a daughter, McKenzie.