After letting go of offensive line coach Joe D'Alessandris several weeks ago, the Chargers have filled the position with a man out of Minnesota.
Vikings' offensive line coach Jeff Davidson will join head coach Mike McCoy in San Diego, the team announced Thursday. Davidson spent the last five seasons with the Vikings and was responsible for a line that blocked for running back Adrian Peterson (1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns) and ranked fourth in the NFL in rushing yards.
The Chargers are hoping Davidson will bring that production to San Diego's ground game, which ranked second-worst in the league in 2015 and averaged 3.5 yards per carry.
Of course, some of that success will depend on the players with whom Davidson is leading. The line was hampered by injuries last season, continuing a disturbing trend for the Chargers, who have had bad luck in the injury department (particularly on the offensive line) for several seasons. Big-name free agent signings last offseason -- think left tackle King Dunlap and left guard Orlando Franklin -- both missed a chunk of the season due to various ailments (including concussions and high ankle sprains) and the rest of the line didn't fare much better.
Prior to joining the Vikings, Davidson worked with the Carolina Panthers as offensive coordinator. His quarterbacks coach was none other than McCoy. He also spent time on the staff of the Patriots and Browns. The former NFL offensive lineman (Davidson was a fifth-round pick of the 1990 draft, when he was selected by Denver) is a native of Akron, Ohio.