April 23, 2024
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Former NFL star Shawne Merriman hoped the Los Angeles Chargers would go after Jim Harbaugh as an alternative of Invoice Belichick, and he acquired his want this week because the Michigan head coach landed with the NFL crew.

Harbaugh agreed to develop into the Chargers’ subsequent head coach, changing Brandon Staley because the crew completed with a 5-12 report and in final place within the AFC West. Harbaugh will get to take over an underachieving crew and have them compete in one of many hardest divisions within the NFL.

Merriman, who performed for the Chargers after they have been in San Diego, informed Fox Information Digital in a latest interview that Harbaugh to the Chargers was a no brainer.

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Jim Harbaugh (Justin Casterline/Getty Photographs)

“The reality is, it virtually was the one option to go. It was too many issues that made sense,” the three-time Professional Bowler mentioned. “One, him taking part in for the Chargers, having a relationship with the Chargers already. Jim Harbaugh has been very vocal about what he thinks about Justin Herbert and his capabilities; he thinks he’s a terrific quarterback.”

“After which vice versa, Jim Harbaugh was seeking to make that bounce to the NFL. So, what higher bounce to make than you’re strolling right into a crew that’s already established. It’s acquired superstars that simply underperformed final 12 months. This was simply an underperforming crew due to the shortage of management, and now they acquired it.”

Merriman mentioned the Chargers must bolster the protection and the subsequent coach wants to determine an id on that aspect of the ball. Los Angeles was twenty fourth in factors allowed and twenty eighth in yards allowed in 2023.

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Jim Harbaugh performed two seasons with the San Diego Chargers. (Tom Hauck/Getty Photographs)

“Any person’s that’s going to make them have an id,” he mentioned. “They’d an enormous, large id problem final 12 months. You didn’t know who they have been, what they have been about. They didn’t set up any sort of mentality. It was only a protection that was displaying up and taking part in. So, that’ll be someone that’s dominant sufficient. Once I say dominant, I imply a robust sufficient character, a robust sufficient mindset to return in and provides these guys an id instantly.”

He floated a serious identify that he thinks could be a terrific rent for the Chargers if attainable.

“I don’t know if this can be a risk or not, but when coach Mike Vrabel doesn’t get a head teaching job, I might do every part in [my] energy to carry him in as a defensive coordinator as a result of that might be the last word all-star crew, all-star teaching employees,” he mentioned. “I don’t know if that’s a risk. I feel possibly they wait it out. Mike Vrabel will get a head teaching job someplace, however man, if that occurred, I feel [these] Chargers would go loopy.”

Requested whether or not he would contemplate the job if Harbaugh got here calling, Merriman mentioned he wouldn’t have the time to provide the job the time and a spotlight it might deserve.

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Mike Vrabel (Wesley Hitt/Getty Photographs)

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Merriman is concentrated on Lights Out Xtreme Combating 14. The MMA occasion takes place on Feb. 16 in Lengthy Seaside, California.

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