Chargers in good shape on defense

Before hiring Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy as head coach on Tuesday, the Chargers did consider some defensive coaching candidates such as Lovie Smith and Gus Bradley.

I think they made the right call by hiring an offensive coach. That’s the side of the ball where the Chargers need to be fixed the most.

Defensively, the Chargers were strong in 2012 and they have several young, key pieces on that side of the ball. U-T San Diego has reported that McCoy wants to keep defensive coordinator and his staff on board. They are all under contract.

I think that is the right call. Pagano did a nice job last season and there needs to be some continuity on this team.

San Diego needs to let McCoy build his offensive staff and improve the offense and let Pagano continue to build upon a strong start in 2012.

San Diego’s improvements must start on offense and pairing McCoy and Pagano is the smart way of doing it.