Coaching Notes: Chargers, Steelers, Ravens, Taylor, Marrone

After adding Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator and Renaldo Hill as defensive coordinator, Brandon Staley has found the coach who will lead his special teams unit. The Chargers announced this evening that they’ve hired Derius Swinton as their special teams coordinator.

The 35-year-old has made his way up the coaching ranks over the past decade-plus, spending time with the Rams, Chiefs, Broncos, Bears, 49ers, Lions, and Cardinals. He served as San Francisco’s special teams coordinator in 2016, and he helped the 49ers improve their kickoff return average by nearly six yards that season.

We’ve already heard of some other additions to the Chargers’ coaching staff. The team added Joe Barry as their defensive passing game coordinator, and they’ve hired Frank Smith to be their new offensive line coach and run game coordinator.

Let’s check out some more coaching notes…

  • Today, the Steelers officially announced the promotion of Matt Canada to offensive coordinator. Canada served as quarterbacks coach during the 2020 season, and Ben Roethlisberger finished with one of the lowest interception rates (1.6) and sack totals (13) of his career. As Teresa Varley of Steelers.com points out, Canada helped implement jet sweeps and pre-snap motions to the Steelers’ offense.
  • The Ravens have added D’Anton Lynn as their new defensive backs coach, per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley (via Twitter). The 31-year-old previously spent time on the Jets, Bills, Chargers, and Texans coaching staff, and he earned a promotion to Houston’s defensive backs coach for the 2020 campaign.
  • Press Taylor won’t be back in Philly next season. Mike Kaye of NJ.com reports (via Twitter) that the Eagles won’t be retaining their quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator. The 33-year-old had been with the organization since the 2013 season, and after serving as QBs coach in 2018 and 2019, he took on the additional role of passing game coordinator in 2020. The Eagles passing game was dreadful this past season, ranking either 31st or 32nd in the NFL in passer rating, completion percentage, yards per attempt, and interceptions.
  • Doug Marrone is joining the Alabama coaching staff as offensive line coach, per a team announcement. Marrone, of course, spent the past four seasons as the Jaguars head coach, including a 2017 campaign that saw him make the AFC Championship. The 56-year-old has plenty of familiarity with new Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, as the two coaches worked alongside each other during their stints with Georgia Tech back in the 1990s.
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  1. arty!

    Only in pro sports can you be fired for being incompetent to end up landing another 6-7 figure salary.

    • gleybertorres25

      That doesn’t even make sense. just because he’s a bad head coach doesn’t mean he’s not a good coach. He’s actually a very good offensive line coach

      • Courtside

        Even more so makes no sense. People lose jobs everyday and get hired elsewhere.

        If failing one place stop people from getting other jobs can you imagine the the unemployment rate

  2. flagsrup

    Press Taylor is perhaps another fall guy. With Mornhinweg and Scangerello (sp) around to help screw up the soup, it was a train wreck. IMO, it’s the old “too many cooks” thing.

    • Ak185

      Likely true. It’s been said though that his promotion apparently was the cause of some disagreement between Pederson and Roseman. All rumor and unverified gossip, of course. The fact that he’s gone indicates though that, if true, he was Pederson’s pick. Apparently Wentz and Roseman did not like his techniques. Considering thatt going to bat for Taylor seems in part to be a reason Pederson was fired, I would not be surprised to see him end up with Pederson soon.

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