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Vic Fangio: Renaldo Hill has a bright future in the NFL
Vic Fangio explains why he wanted to add Renaldo Hill to his defensive staff in Miami.
COSTA MESA, Calif. — Chargers defensive coordinator Renaldo Hill is leaving Los Angeles to reunite with Dolphins defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
Fangio on Monday confirmed Hill’s addition to Miami’s defense staff but did not comment on his specific role. A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Hill will be the Dolphins’ defensive passing coordinator.
“First and foremost, Renaldo is a good coach,” said Fangio on Monday. “Truly, a talented coach with a bright future in the NFL. He worked with us in Denver for two years, so his familiarity with me and the system and what we do was important to me. But regardless, just his ability to be a great coach drew me in.”
The Chargers will promote second-line coach Derrick Ansley to defensive coordinator and Tommy Donatell to second-line manager, a source confirmed to ESPN. NFL Network first reported on the promotions.
Chargers head coach Brandon Staley is expected to keep calling games.
Staley allowed the 44-year-old Hill to move to Miami out of respect for Hill and Fangio, under whom Staley served as an assistant with the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos for three seasons from 2017-2019. Hill served as the Broncos’ defensive backs coach under Fangio in 2019-20.
Staley hired Hill as defense coordinator in 2021 when the Chargers named him head coach.
Hill, who played 10 seasons as a defensive back in the NFL, played for the Dolphins from 2006-2008. He was also the assistant defensive back coach for the Dolphins in 2018.
Ansley, 41, has spent the last two seasons as the Bolts’ secondary manager. This is his first opportunity as NFL defense coordinator, a position he held for two seasons at the University of Tennessee.
For the past two seasons, the Chargers’ defense has ranked 26th in the NFL and allowed an average of 24.79 points per game. Last season, the Chargers seemed to make significant strides as the unit improved from an average of 22.6 points (21st place) to 15 points (3rd place) in the last five contests.
Hill’s departure is the latest change in the Chargers’ coaching staff. Los Angeles’ 10-7 season ended in a disappointing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in a wild card playoff game in which they gambled away a 27-point lead. The Chargers fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and replaced him with former Dallas Cowboys coordinator Kellen Moore. They are also in the process of hiring Doug Nussmeier for their offensive line, sources told ESPN after firing quarterbacks coach Shane Day.
The Dolphins officially hired Fangio as their new defensive coordinator last week.
ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques contributed to this report.