Take a look at who will be coaching the Los Angeles Chargers for the 2017 season.
The Los Angeles Chargers have announced the 2017 coaching staff that will serve under Head Coach Anthony Lynn.
"I am excited to have our coaching staff in place and we are all eager to get to work," Lynn said. "We have one of the most talented groups of coaches I have ever been around. There is a great mix of coaches with veteran experience and leadership as well as some very strong, young and innovative coaches. I am very excited to work alongside these men."
Here is a closer look at the team's staff:
Offensive Coordinator: Ken Whisenhunt – The Chargers figure to boast another high-flying offense with Whiz at the helm. In 2016, the Bolts ranked fourth in the AFC in both points (25.6ppg) and passing yards (262.4). The team found the right balance between relying on the right arm of Philip Rivers and the legs of Melvin Gordon, who emerged as a true bell-cow back. The Chargers also kept defenses off balance by spreading the ball around as they were the only NFL team to feature six players with at least 35 catches, 400 yards receiving and two touchdown catches.
Tight Ends Coach: John McNulty– McNulty oversaw a unit that featured the league's top pair of tight ends in Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry. They combined for 15 touchdowns (eight for Henry; seven for Gates), which were the most by the position group in the NFL. Prior to joining the Bolts in 2016, McNulty coached for the Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars over 14 seasons in the NFL.
Offensive Line Coach: Pat Meyer – Meyer joins the Chargers after a two-year stint coaching alongside Lynn for the Bills. He held multiple roles in Buffalo, and helped establish a strong ground attack as the Bills led the NFL in yards and yards per carry each of the last two seasons. Meyer boasts a unique link to the Bolts as he served as Philip Rivers' strength and conditioning coach for four seasons at NC State.
Running Backs Coach: Alfredo Roberts– A two-time Super Bowl Champion as a tight end for the Dallas Cowboys in the early 1990s, Roberts has coached in the NFL since 2003. He began as a WR coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-06), and has also coached TEs for the Cleveland Browns (2007-08), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-11) and Indianapolis Colts (2012-15). He and Lynn served on the same Browns staff together before reuniting in LA.
Wide Receivers Coach: Nick Sirianni – Entering his fifth season with the Chargers and second in charge of wide receivers, Sirianni was instrumental in the emergence of Tyrell Williams in 2016. The second-year wideout burst onto the scene following season-ending injuries to Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson, finishing with 69 catches for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns. He was followed closely by Dontrelle Inman, who set career-highs in receptions (58), yards (810) and TDs (four). The Chargers also boasted two of the six wideouts who led the NFL with six catches over 40 yards in Williams and Travis Benjamin.
Quarterbacks Coach: Shane Steichen – Steichen embarks on his second season as the team's QB coach, and sixth overall with the franchise. Last year, he helped lead Rivers to another Pro Bowl campaign. Number 17 ranked fifth in the NFL with 4,386 passing yards in 2016. It was the fifth-highest single-season total of his career and seventh-highest in franchise history. Rivers also ranked fourth in the league with 33 TD passes, and completed a career-high 16 passes of 40 yards or longer, which were second only to Atlanta's Matt Ryan (17).
Assistant Offensive Line: James Cregg– Cregg joins the Chargers with 20 years of coaching experience under his belt, including five in the NFL. Most recently, he served as an assistant offensive line coach for the Denver Broncos and was a member of the staff that won Super Bowl 50. Cregg has strong ties to Los Angeles as he was the offensive line coach for the University of Southern California for four years before heading to Denver.
Offensive Assistant: Mark Ridgley – Ridgley is the longest tenured Chargers coach as he begins his sixth season on the staff. He began as a coaching administrative assistant in 2012, mainly working with running backs over his tenure.
Quality Control – Offense: Dan Shamash– Shamash joins the Chargers after spending the 2016 season on the Jacksonville Jaguars staff. He switches to the offensive side of the ball after serving as defensive quality control coach for the Jags.
Defensive Coordinator: Gus Bradley– After spending the last four seasons as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Bradley will serve as a defensive coordinator for the first time since 2012. He spent four seasons in that role for the Seahawks, establishing Seattle as one of the top defenses in the league. They ranked sixth in total defense (319.2 ypg) from 2011-12, third in points per game (17.5), fifth in takeaways (62), first in opponents' passer rating (73.2) and fifth in interceptions (40). In 2012, Seattle set franchise records allowing only 15.3 points per game (first in NFL) and 306.2 yards per game (fourth in NFL).
Defensive Backs Coach: Ron Milus– For the second straight year, the Chargers boasted a Pro Bowl cornerback under Milus' tutelage. Casey Hayward led the NFL with seven interceptions, earning his first Pro Bowl nod in 2016 as he followed in Jason Verrett's footsteps. Overall, the Bolts led the league with 18 interceptions. Milus joined the Chargers in 2013, and this season marks his 18th in the NFL.
Defensive Line Coach: Giff Smith– In his first season with the Chargers, Smith earned high praise for his work with talented youngsters such as Joey Bosa as well as established veterans like Brandon Mebane. Bosa was named the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year under Smith's guidance, totaling 10.5 sacks in 12 games. Before joining the Bolts, Smith served as defensive line coach for the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills.
*Linebackers Coach: Richard Smith – *Smith joins the Bolts after spending the past two seasons as the Atlanta Falcons' defensive coordinator. He's also enjoyed stints with the Broncos, Panthers, Dolphins, Lions and Oilers as he enters his 30th season coaching in the NFL. Smith is lauded for his work with some of the game's top linebackers over his tenure, including Von Miller, Jon Beason, DeMeco Ryans, Julian Peterson, Ken Norton, Jr. and more.
Assistant Defensive Line Coach: Eric Henderson –A former defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals, Henderson has coached at the collegiate level for the past five seasons. He began as defensive assistant at Georgia Military College in 2012 before spending three years at Oklahoma State as a graduate assistant and then quality control coach. Last season, he served as the assistant defensive line coach for the University of Texas – San Antonio.
Assistant Defensive Backs: Chris Harris– An eight-year veteran as a safety, and a 2010 second team All-Pro selection, Harris joined the Bolts in 2016 after serving two seasons as a quality control coach for the Chicago Bears. Harris notably picked off Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLI, and suited up for four teams during his playing career.
Defensive Assistant: D'Anton Lynn– A former three-time All-Big Ten honorable mention selection as a cornerback for Penn State, Lynn enters his fifth NFL season. He previously coached for the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, and is the son of Head Coach Anthony Lynn.
Special Teams Coordinator - Assistant Head Coach: George Stewart – A stalwart in the NFL for the past 28 years, Stewart returns to his special teams roots after spending the last decade as the Minnesota Vikings' wide receivers coach. Highly regarded, Stewart began his NFL career coaching special teams on Chuck Noll's Pittsburgh Steelers staff from 1989-91. He then spent four seasons coaching Tampa Bay's special teams.
Assistant Special Teams Coach: Marquice Williams – Williams enters his second season as the Bolts' assistant special teams coach. He made the leap to the NFL a year ago from the University of South Dakota, where he led the Coyotes' special teams and defensive line.