April 14, 2024
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Former NFL star Shawne Merriman hoped the Los Angeles Chargers would go after Jim Harbaugh as a substitute of Invoice Belichick, and he bought his want this week because the Michigan head coach landed with the NFL crew.

Harbaugh agreed to change into the Chargers’ subsequent head coach, changing Brandon Staley because the crew completed with a 5-12 document 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 once they have been in San Diego, advised 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 Pictures)

“The reality is, it virtually was the one technique to go. It was too many issues that made sense,” the three-time Professional Bowler stated. “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 fantastic quarterback.”

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

Merriman stated the Chargers must bolster the protection and the following coach wants to ascertain 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 Pictures)

“Someone’s that’s going to make them have an id,” he stated. “That they had 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 kind of mentality. It was only a protection that was exhibiting up and taking part in. So, that’ll be any person that’s dominant sufficient. After I say dominant, I imply a powerful sufficient character, a powerful sufficient mindset to return in and provides these guys an id instantly.”

He floated a serious identify that he thinks can be a fantastic rent for the Chargers if doable.

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

Requested whether or not he would think about the job if Harbaugh got here calling, Merriman stated he wouldn’t have the time to present the job the time and a focus it could deserve.

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Mike Vrabel (Wesley Hitt/Getty Pictures)

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

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