Defensive Backs Coach Ron Milus was this week's guest on the ninth episode of the Backstage: Chargers Podcast presented by Toyota.
Milus is in his 18th season as an NFL coach. He's had a Pro Bowl player emerge from the Chargers' secondary in each of his five full seasons with the team. Among the topics: reliving the Titans' two-point conversion attempt in London; the close-knit nature of the Chargers' secondary; developing young players; a homecoming this weekend in Seattle; how he transitioned from a 9-to-5 job to coaching, and more. Highlights from the conversation are below.
The closeness of the secondary:
"Well, I think that's part of the reason why over the last couple years we've had some success, because of the fact that these guys are so close. … We try to break bread on Thursdays after meetings. One of our players will have something catered in while we watch tape, so that's another way of our group kind of getting closer and closer. And, obviously with the celebration things they like to do after they make a play. It kind of lends to that closeness. At the end of the day, these guys – they love doing what they do and they love playing for one another, and that's what I'm happy about for these guys."
On how the DBs' energy spark the team:
"I've said this and I think our guys say it all the time: If we bring energy – I'm talking about our secondary – the rest of these guys will come, too. So, I think that they have taken that (to) heart, especially guys like Jahleel (Addae) and Casey Hayward. They are the ones that are stirring the pot, and so they're bringing everybody else along."
On facing Russell Wilson and the Seahawks' offense:
"It looks like they've made a concentrated effort to run the football, and that has set up all the play-action and all the other things that Russell's capable of doing, especially with the throws downfield. He's extremely accurate at throwing balls downfield and the receivers are doing a really nice job at making plays for him."
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