After closing out the season in promising fashion with a 9-3 record over the final 12 games, the Los Angeles Chargers have opted for stability in the coaching ranks.
Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and defensive coordinator Gus Brandley are returning under new contracts, the team announced Tuesday. Bradley's new deal is for three years, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source close to the situation.
While Whisenhunt was expected to return for a third consecutive season after guiding his unit to a fourth-place finish in total offense, Bradley was drawing interest as a coaching free agent. Green Bay had requested permission to interview Bradley, while Seattle was reportedly interested in reuniting with the defensive guru who once served as Pete Carroll's top lieutenant.
The Packers are now targeting coach Mike Pettine and are closing in on a deal to hire the former Browns coach as Dom Capers' successor, Rapoport added, via a source involved in discussions. When the defensive coordinator carousel stops spinning, Rapoport expects the highly respected Vic Fangio to remain with the Bears under new coach Matt Nagy.
Gus Bradley returning to Chargers under new contract
NFL.com | Jan 10