Michigan defensive coordinator Jesse Minter walks on the sideline during a game against East Carolina in September. (Paul Sancya / Associated Press)
It’s no question Jim Harbaugh was hired by the Chargers to maximize the skills of quarterback Justin Herbert, but he’ll also need to fix the team’s glaring defensive issues.
That’s where Jesse Minter comes in. The former Michigan defensive coordinator has reached an agreement with the Chargers and will be tasked with reviving a defensive unit that ranked 28th in yards allowed per game (362.9) and 24th in points allowed per game (23.4).
Reportedly joining Minter on the sideline will be Greg Roman, the longtime offensive guru who served as Harbaugh’s offensive coordinator during his last NFL coaching stint with the San Francisco 49ers a decade ago. He joins the Chargers as their new offensive coordinator, a position he held under John Harbaugh in Baltimore for four seasons (2019-22).
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While Roman was overseeing the Ravens’ offense, quarterback Lamar Jackson was named an NFL MVP (2019). Roman’s history with Jim Harbaugh stretches back to his coaching days at Stanford, where he served as an associate head coach.
Minter spent the last two years at Michigan, helping Harbaugh mold the defense into college football’s best. The Wolverines were the top-ranked defense in college football last year, allowing just 10.4 points per game and 247 yards per game. Before joining the Wolverines, Minter worked as an assistant under John Harbaugh in Baltimore and spent one season as Vanderbilt’s defensive coordinator.
Most of the Chargers’ veteran defensive core should be back for 2024. Still, the team is expected to make some significant changes once new general manager Joe Hortiz gets to work — the team is sitting $40…
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Author : LA Times
Publish date : 2024-02-07 01:31:18
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