Coach's Corner: Jason McEndoo on Jeff Hansen

In 2009, San Diego's offensive line was fueled by former undrafted players Kris Dielman and Brandyn Dombrowski. In 2010, Jeff Hansen looks to follow in their footsteps. For more on Hansen, we talk with his former offensive line coach, Montana State's Jason McEndoo.

Jeff Hansen (6-foot-4, 300 lbs.) started the final 43 games of his career at Montana State. He finished strong as a senior, being selected First Team FCS All-American for the 2009 season.

Hansen signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent. He'll compete for a reserve role on the interior offensive line, but realistically, his best hope is to land a spot on the practice squad and work his way up.

Does Hansen have what it takes to climb up the ladder? To find out, we talk with Montana State offensive line coach Jason McEndoo.

LaShana Marshburn: Tell us about your experience coaching Jeff.

Jason McEndoo: Jeff is one of those players that -- as a coach -- I always feel like comes along once in a decade. He's everything you want. He's a good student; he's a great person; and he's a great football player. He was great to coach.

LM: What are some of Jeff's qualities that set him apart from his peers?

JM: There are two things. One is his work ethic. I think he's the type of guy that he'll work every day. He's not going to miss practice. With injuries and things like that, he'll fight through everything. The second thing is just determination. He wants to outwork everybody and he showed that here in college both in the classroom and on the field.

  LM: What did you think of his decision to sign with the Chargers?

JM: I think it was a great move for him. I've been at Montana State for about eight years and Ed Langsdorf is the head Chargers scout that comes every year. I think Ed really liked him and I think it's a great fit for Jeff just because, when you look at the offensive line, it kind of seems like a lot of blue-collar guys, you know, not a lot of drafted guys. There are a lot more free-agent guys and they kind of work hard. I think Jeff fits that mold.

  LM: Looking back at Jeff's career at Montana State, what stands out to you?

JM: His longevity. He started 43 consecutive games for me here. As far as an offensive lineman goes, that's about 107 in dog years. Just the fact that he was there and was a mainstay for four years and started pretty much every game -- that's a pretty good thing when you're talking about offensive linemen.

  LM: What kind of person is he off the field?

JM: He's a great kid. He really loves restoring old cars. He and his dad like to collect and restore cars. He's a 3.4 [GPA] in mechanical engineering, so he's pretty handy with making stuff. He likes to do that kind of stuff. He's a great kid.

  LM: Where does he need to improve to boost his chances with the Chargers?

JM: I think the thing he needs to improve the most is just to learn how to play multiple positions. In the NFL you have to be a guy that can play both guard spots and center, which I think he can do. The bottom line is just being consistent every day.

  LM: Is there any current NFL player you'd compare him to?

JM: I'd probably compare him to the starting center in San Diego, Nick Hardwick. It just seems like Hardwick is a blue-collar guy and just kind of shows up to work every day to outwork everybody and try to be a good role model and have some fun. If you play with a guy like Hardwick -- you can watch every day and be around to watch his practice habits and everything -- that helps your longevity for sure.



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