Chargers Hire Secondary Coach

Brian Stewart, the assistant defensive backs coach with the Houston Texans for the past two seasons, will be announced as the new secondary coach for the San Diego Chargers on Thursday.

Brian Stewart came to Houston after spending one season at Syracuse as their secondary coach.

Stewart is a native San Diegan who played college ball at the University of Northern Arizona. He went on to coach the wide receivers and running backs at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo from 1993-94, the tight ends at Northern Arizona from 1995-96, the DBs at Missouri in 1996, 1998-2000, and the defensive backs at San Jose State in 1997-98, before his stints with Syracuse and the Texans.

Stewart helped tutor a secondary that featured one Pro Bowl selection (CB Aaron Glenn) and ranked 10th in the NFL in pass defense, yielding just 196.3 yards per game through the air in 2002.

Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer has been in search of a secondary coach since he announced last month that Jerry Holmes would not be offered a contract for next season.

The secondary gave up 36 touchdowns in 2003 and never really hit its stride. Stewart will get to work with two former first round draft picks, Sammy Davis and Quentin Jammer, as he looks to bring them back to prominence.

Schottenheimer continues the trend of elevating raw coaches to more prominent positions. Jerry Holmes got his first prominent NFL coaching stint under Marty as a defensive backs coach in Washington and Dale Lindsey got his first stint at the helm as a defensive coordinator under Marty the last two seasons before being told he would not return.

This will be Stewart's first stint as the head of a unit in the NFL and he will get to work with veteran coordinator Wade Phillips.

In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Stewart has worked with the National Football League's minority fellowship program with the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins.

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