There is without a doubt that the San Diego Chargers will miss defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. Rivera wasn't blitz crazy and nor was he passive in his scheme. What Rivera was is a great defensive strategist. If he sees a team that is pass crazy, he'll attack them with multiple zone blitzing from any position on the field. If the Chargers had the lead, he had the ability to play passive in his play-calling versus being aggressive in blitzing. He was a great defensive coach and made the most out of every player on the Chargers defensive roster.
Replacing Ron Rivera will be former 49ers' defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.
Manusky is not Ron Rivera. He's isn't the strategist type. Every coach that plays against Manusky knows what he's going to do against them. Manusky could care less if they know. He's a straight out ultra aggressive play-caller in his scheme and philosophy. Manusky believes in blitzing and forcing turnovers. He wasn't that successful in with the 49ers but that has more to do with the 49ers having a inadequate offense and not having a deep capable defensive group of players. Manusky won't find that problem in San Diego with the Chargers.
Manusky runs a defense very similar to that of a old Charger defensive coordinator, practically nearly identical. That defensive coordinator is Wade Phillips. It shouldn't surprise you why the defense is nearly identical as Manusky was the LB's coach under Wade Phillips defensive coaching staff during his time in San Diego from 2002-2006.
We could easily see what to expect under Manusky's next season since we know he runs a defense as aggressive as Wade Phillips. There are some players that haven't played up to par under Ron Rivera or Ted Cottrell's scheme but let it be known, there are going to be a revival in some of the Chargers players' careers.
Let's take a look at some of those players that are looking to make a comeback in Greg Manusky's ultra aggressive defense.