Chargers Request Interviews With Six Head-Coaching Candidates

The Los Angeles Chargers have requested interviews with six head-coaching options.
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson watches warm up before the Dallas Cowboys game at
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson watches warm up before the Dallas Cowboys game at / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Chargers are looking for a new lead man in the organization and got the ball rolling on Day 1 of the offseason. Los Angeles requested to interview six candidates thus far.

The list features Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken, Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, San Francisco defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, and Las Vegas defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.

Johnson is one of the top names in the head coaching circuit this year. The 34-year-old is the man who is orchestrating the Lions' potent offense. That unit finished the 2023 campaign third in total offense (394.8), second in passing offense (258.9), and fifth in points per game (27.1).

Glenn is currently with Johnson in Detroit. He's been the defensive coordinator for the past three years but also brings a players mentality. The 51-year-old played 15 seasons in the NFL from 1994-2008.

Wilks has 29 years of coaching experience that dates back to 1995. The North Carolina native also has head coaching experience as he served as an interim head coach for the Carolina Panthers in 2022. Furthermore, Wilks was the Chargers defensive back coach from 2009-2011.

Monken just came back into NFL circles in 2023 after being Georgia's offensive coordinator from 2020-2022. The 57-year-old has Lamar Jackson playing at an MVP level and reenergized the Ravens offense.

Graham has been the defensive coordinator for the Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins, and the New York Giants. The Raiders were 12th in the league in pass defense (212.4) this season.

Quinn was the head man for the Atlanta Falcons from 2015-2020 before heading over to Dallas. He's transformed the Cowboys' defense into one of the best units in the league.

This list of potential candidates is very intriguing for the Chargers as they begin a deep dive for the new head coach in Los Angeles.