Tommy Rees Hired as Chargers Offensive Assistant: Latest Details, Reaction

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 9, 2016

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 30:  Tommy Rees #11 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks on during pre-game warm ups prior to playing the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Chargers finalized their coaching staff for the 2016 season on Tuesday and announced former Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees as one of their last hires.

Ricky Henne reported on the Chargers' staff additions for the team's official website. Rees will serve as an offensive assistant after beginning his coaching career this past year at Northwestern as a graduate assistant.

Several of Rees' former Fighting Irish teammates are currently on San Diego's roster, most notably linebacker Manti Te'o. The 23-year-old didn't make it in the NFL as a player, but Rees seems to have done well for himself as he joins head coach Mike McCoy's Chargers staff.   

Rees had a brief stint with the Washington Redskins in May 2014 after going undrafted but was waived before getting the chance to play.

For some of the struggles Rees endured during his college career, he ended on a strong note. As a senior, he averaged 7.9 yards per attempt and threw 27 touchdowns to only 13 interceptions.

Jac Collinsworth of NBC is among those who believe Rees will thrive in his new role:

Considering the big moves he's made in a little over a year as a coach, there's no denying Rees' football acumen. Not only is being a member of San Diego's staff a great boost to his resume, but Rees also figures to have tremendous learning opportunities in 2016.

Rees will be around the likes of elite QB Philip Rivers, which is bound to help him gain even greater football knowledge. The Chargers are also welcoming back offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired as head coach of the Tennessee Titans and once guided the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl.

McCoy is known for his offensive brilliance, having built an offense as the Denver Broncos' play-caller to accommodate Tim Tebow, culminating in a division title and a playoff victory.

The 2016 campaign is a crossroads of sorts for McCoy and Co. San Diego could well fire its staff without a considerable improvement from this past season's 4-12 record.

Making matters more difficult is a tough AFC West division, featuring the reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, a playoff participant from this year in the Kansas City Chiefs and a vastly improved Oakland Raiders team.