DC John Pagano earns new contract

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers lost offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt to the Tennessee Titans, but made sure defensive coordinator John Pagano stuck around.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Chargers signed Pagano to a new contract on Tuesday. According to Schefter, Pagano’s contract was up, and he had drawn interest to follow Whisenhunt to Tennessee.

In his second season as San Diego’s offensive coordinator, Pagano took a young, inconsistent group and molded them into an effective unit by the end of the season.

The Chargers held the top-ranked offense in the league, the Denver Broncos, to under 30 points three times this season. The Kansas City Chiefs were the only other team the keep Denver’s offense under 30 points during the 2013 season.

Pagano is the longest tenured assistant on San Diego’s coaching staff, having been with the organization for 12 years. So the Chargers keep some continuity on the defensive side of the ball.

San Diego coach Mike McCoy could opt to continue that continuity on the offensive side as well by promoting quarterbacks coach Frank Reich to offensive coordinator, replacing Whisenhunt. But the team has not announced that move yet.