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Chargers re-sign defensive coordinator John Pagano

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After the Titans hired away San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt to become their next head coach, there was some talk that Tennessee might be able to lure Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano away as well. But that won’t happen.

Pagano has re-signed with the Chargers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Pagano’s contract was up, and he could have left if he wanted to, perhaps to be Whisenhunt’s defensive coordinator with the Titans. Instead, Pagano will return to San Diego in 2014.

The 46-year-old Pagano, younger brother of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, has been with the Chargers for 12 seasons, the last two as defensive coordinator. San Diego’s defense struggled early in 2013 but came on strong late as the Chargers became a surprise playoff team. Pagano’s defense played particularly well against Peyton Manning and the Broncos: Of the Broncos’ 17 games in 2013-14, the only three in which they fell short of 400 total yards were the three against the Chargers.

Today’s news assures the Chargers that Pagano’s defense will get two more shots at the Broncos in 2014.

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13 Responses to “Chargers re-sign defensive coordinator John Pagano”
  1. mrgroovesd says: Jan 14, 2014 3:11 PM

    Hopefully he can spice up the defense just a little to get more turnovers and sacks next season. They need a few more key players to make this defense better. Secondary and DT/NT position the most.

  2. dasmol says: Jan 14, 2014 3:11 PM

    Sweet. Let’s reward him by drafting a pass rusher and DB.

  3. crito22 says: Jan 14, 2014 3:13 PM

    Great move, but still gotta get him some more bodies to work with.

  4. pemory says: Jan 14, 2014 3:19 PM

    Good work Bolts! This guy has done some excellent work. I agree with the other posts: now get him some more quality players.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 14, 2014 3:20 PM

    It’s like the Middle Ages out there. Either you inherit a position of influence and wealth or you’re working in the basement.

  6. dalcow4 says: Jan 14, 2014 3:22 PM

    From what he had to work with, Pagano deserves some sort of DC of the year award.

    Very glad to let Whiz go on to Nashville, though.

  7. floratiotime says: Jan 14, 2014 3:22 PM

    At least he didn’t blow off the playoff game to chase after a head coaching job.

  8. rajbais says: Jan 14, 2014 3:23 PM

    Frankly, I felt that a change was needed.

    His defenses looked as if chose to show up when they wanted to.

    Ray Horton would be better.

  9. keepongronking says: Jan 14, 2014 3:23 PM

    Give the man some weapons

  10. bearwithjetpack says: Jan 14, 2014 3:38 PM

    My life for a pass rusher.

  11. yaryers says: Jan 14, 2014 3:39 PM

    With Ingram and Freeney back next year, the pass rush shouldn’t be a huge concern. Go get a CB or a NT. Cam Thomas just isn’t cutting it.

  12. dalcow4 says: Jan 14, 2014 3:50 PM

    “My life for a pass rusher.”

    Thanks. We’ll keep an empty seat to remember you by,”

  13. joetoronto says: Jan 15, 2014 6:38 AM

    Like it’s gonna matter, no rings for life.

    Choo choo!

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