Heading up a defense that allowed 37 points on Sunday in London, today Chargers defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell took the fall, as the team fired him heading into their bye week. San Diego has the worst pass defense in the league, and have given up point totals of 39, 29 and 37 points in going 3-5 in their first eight games.
The Chargers have allowed an average of 371.6 yards per game, 265.1 passing and 106.5 rushing. The team named former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera as their new defensive coordinator. Rivera was the Bears D-coordinator when the team made it to the Super Bowl following the 2006 season.
Rivera was a canadiate for a couple of head coaching jobs after that season, but after he was not able to land one, the Bears let him go, and he joined the Chargers staff as their inside linebackers coach. He will need to turn around a defense that has not had a sack or interception in their last nine quarters.