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NFL Notes: Chargers, Colts, Lions, Redskins


  • According to Ian Rapoport, the Chargers have no plans to force their next head coach to keep their offensive coaching staff. However, Rapoport adds that the Chargers value this group and there’s a good chance OC Ken Whisenhunt and others stay along with some defensive and special teams coaches.


Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that are still discussions going on inside the Colts’ organization about potential changes.

“I still think there’s some discussion going on in that building there about what they want to do and how they want to go forward and it’s not just me thinking it; that’s what I’m hearing from a lot of people,” Garafolo said. “Now according to a couple of players, the feeling in that locker room is that across the board on the coaching staff, they’re not coached hard enough, that there’s not enough of a level of discipline, I guess you could say.

“When things go wrong, guys are not really being held their feet to the fire enough. They want more of that in the locker room. Chuck Pagano is a guy that is usually willing to criticize guys, to come down hard on guys, so that is going to be a discussion for him and his entire coaching staff. If maybe his assistants are not doing that well enough, then maybe they need to make some changes on that staff.”


  • On Wednesday, the Lions officially confirmed that coach Jim Caldwell will return to the team for the 2017 season no matter the outcome of this weekend’s game.


  • Ben Standig of Breaking Burgundy reports that Rams free agent WR Kenny Britt could end up being a “viable option” for the Redskins, depending on what happens with WRs DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon this offseason.
  • According to Standig, league sources he’s spoken to believe Garcon is the better bet to return to Washington in 2017 than Jackson. However, there’s reportedly a “growing sense” that both could move on next season.

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