Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers retain DC Gus Bradley, OC Ken Whisenhunt for 2018 season

The Los Angeles Chargers are retaining defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt for the 2018 season, the team announced Tuesday night.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Bradley received a three-year extension after being courted by the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Anthony Lynn said one of the team’s top priorities this offseason was to keep Bradley and Whisenhunt with the team.

“You’d love to keep continuity with players and coaches, to be honest with you. It’s hard to do in this league,” Telesco said. “With our coaching staff, we’d love to keep all three coordinators. That’s what we plan to do.”

In his first season with the Chargers, Bradley turned the Bolts into one of the best defensive units in the NFL. The Chargers allowed just 17 points a contest, No. 3 in the league.

Led by Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, the Chargers totaled 43 sacks in 2017, which tied for fifth in the NFL. They also finished with 18 interceptions, tied for sixth in the league.

The former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach joined the Chargers on a one-year contract last winter.

Whisenhunt’s powerful offense ranked fourth in the NFL with 376.6 yards per game, with quarterback Philip Rivers enjoying a resurgent 4,515-yard season alongside 1,393-yard receiver Keenan Allen and 1,105-yard rusher Melvin Gordon.

Whisenhunt, the former Arizona and Tennessee head coach, rejoined the Chargers in 2016, one year before Lynn became their head coach.

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