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Chargers retain defensive coordinator Pagano

Chargers retain defensive coordinator Pagano

SAN DIEGO (AP) New Chargers head coach Mike McCoy has retained defensive coordinator John Pagano.

The team announced the move Friday. Also being retained are assistant coaches Don Johnson (defensive line), Joe Barry (linebackers) and Greg Williams (assistant linebackers).

Pagano took over as defensive coordinator after the 2011 season and the Chargers improved from 16th in total defense to ninth overall last season.

Pagano says he looks forward to continuing to build the defense to where the team wants it to be.

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Derek Wolfe always wanted to be a Raven — now he gets his chance

Derek Wolfe always wanted to be a Raven — now he gets his chance

New Ravens defensive lineman Derek Wolfe has wanted to be a Raven at three separate times during his career. 

The first time was before he was drafted in 2012 when he thought the Ravens might pick him. The second time was before the trade deadline in the 2019 season, when he debated asking Broncos general manager John Elway for a trade to Baltimore. 

The third time was the charm. After the Ravens’ signing of Michael Brockers fell through, they moved quickly to sign Wolfe to a one-year contract. 

“I'm extremely happy,” Wolfe said. “Everything happens for a reason. When things are supposed to happen, they do, and I always felt like I would fit into that organization really well.”

Wolfe thought he’d missed his chance to be a Raven when the signing of Brocks was announced at the beginning of free agency. After the deal wasn’t completed, though, he and his agent moved quickly to get him to Baltimore. 

Once a deal looked possible with the Ravens, Wolfe’s only focus was to get to Baltimore by any means necessary.

“I said, ‘I really don't care about the money,’” Wolfe said he told his agent. “‘At this point, I just want to get on that team. That's the team I want to get on, I want to be on.’

Wolfe’s contract is worth $3 million guaranteed, though he’s eying a bit longer of a stay in Baltimore.

“I feel like if I can come in there and prove myself, then they'll extend me for a few years, and I could be a part of the organization for more than just one year,” Wolfe said. “I'm just going to stick to the plan and trust the process and hope that it all works out for me,” Wolfe said. “I really would love to bring another ring to the city – help bring a ring to the city.”

He’s coming off a career season in Denver where he registered seven sacks in 12 games — a year that was cut short because of a dislocated elbow. 

Injuries have been a bit of a bugaboo for Wolfe, who has played 16 games in a season just three times in his eight-year career and just once in the last five years. While the past isn’t kind to Wolfe’s injury history, he’s confident he’s turned a corner when it comes to health. 

“It's been a bumpy road, but for the most part I've actually been pretty healthy,” Wolfe explained. “These injuries just come...It was the same injury that was nagging, and I finally got that surgery that cleared it up. I dislocated my elbow, obviously, having the best season of my career, showing that I have a ton of football left, and then I go out there and dislocate my elbow. And I think that hurt me.”

Not only confident about his health, but he’s also got high hopes for his new defensive line, too. 

“It was just like, ‘You know what, man? I think we can have the best defensive line in the league, for sure, and we could break records,” Wolfe said. “We could break the rushing record – yards per rush, stuff like that.’ Those are the kind of goals that I like to set.”

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Recruiting Roundup: St. Albans WR Jaden Coffen picks up 7 offers in the last month

Recruiting Roundup: St. Albans WR Jaden Coffen picks up 7 offers in the last month

The college football recruitment process has been different this year due to the outbreak of coronavirus. Prospects have had unofficial visits to campuses canceled and college coaches have been unable to meet prospects face-to-face. Fortunately, these complications have not precluded many DMV student athletes from earning scholarship opportunities from top programs in the nation.

Here’s a look at some of the most recent offers.

Jaden Coffen | 3-star Athlete

Class: 2021

School: St. Albans

Offers: 19

Jaden Coffen is beginning to receive the recognition he deserves. The 6-2, 200-pound athlete from St. Albans is a two-way contributor for the Bulldogs, starring as both a wide receiver and defensive back.

In the last month, Coffen has picked up seven new offers, including those from Air Force and Appalachian State.

Caleb Coombs | 3-star Wide Receiver

Class: 2021

School: St. John’s

Offers: 15

Caleb Coombs is primed to have a monster senior season. The 6-1, 180-pound wide receiver found himself overshadowed by 5-star Rakim Jarrett last year, but in 2020, Coombs is expected to be the focal point of the Cadets’ aerial attack.

Coombs’ speed and route running ability has already caught the eye of many of the top programs in the country. Of his 15 offers, eight of them are from SEC schools, including Alabama and Tennessee.

Shawn Murphy | 5-star Outside Linebacker

Class: 2022

School: Stonewall Jackson

Offers: 28

Shawn Murphy is not merely one of the top underclassmen in the DMV, he’s one of the best in the nation.

Murphy is a tackling machine. His length, range and instincts allow him to chase the ball sideline-to-sideline, making plays all over the field. In the last month, the 5-star student athlete has picked up offers from Memphis, Texas A&M and Oregon.

Xavier Ricks | Defensive Tackle

Class: 2021

School: Good Counsel

Offers: 6

Xavier Ricks played a significant role in helping Good Counsel secure the WCAC championship in 2019. The belief within the Falcons program is Ricks will be a dominating force in 2020.

At 6-3, 275, Ricks has excellent size and displays great quickness for an interior defensive lineman, and coaches around the country are beginning to take notice. Ricks has recently been offered by Morgan State, Lehigh and Monmouth.

Alfred Darlington | Offensive Lineman

Class: 2021

School: Westfield

Offers: 1

Alfred Darlington is a road-grader at perennial powerhouse Westfield. The all-conference lineman is strong at the point of attack and displays an ability to seek and destroy linebackers at the next level.

Standing 6-3, 275-pounds, Darlington recently earned his first offer from Delaware State. It won’t be his last.

Maxwell James | Wide Receiver

Class: 2021

School: Lake Braddock

Offers: 7

The big play threat from Lake Braddock is making a run up the recruiting boards. In the last week, Maxwell James earned offers from Army West Point and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In March, he also added Lehigh, Bucknell and the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Jaden Bradley | 3-star Wide Receiver

Class: 2021

School: DeMatha

Offers: 10

Jaden Bradley has been one of the hottest recruits in the DMV this off season. The 6-4 DeMatha Stags receiver has the length to snatch passes out of the air and offers from top programs.

In March, Bradley picked up UMass, Wake Forest, Towson and Georgetown amongst others.

Curtis Nixon II | Tight End

Class: 2021

School: Maret

Offers: 11

Curtis Nixon II is a two-sport stud at Maret School. When he’s not pounding the hardwood with Maret’s basketball team, he is catching game-winning touchdown’s for the Frogs football program.

Nixon has excellent length and athleticism which allows him to attack the ball at its highest point. He is just beginning to scratch the surface of how good he can be and programs are beginning to take notice. In March, Nixon earned offers from Princeton, Georgetown, Yale, ODU, Rutgers and Harvard.

Dezmond Williams | 3-star Defensive Back

Class: 2021

School: Ryken

Offers: 6

The stock of Dez Williams is on the rise. The defensive back has the size to match up with big wide receivers on the outside and the quickness to cover the slot.

Williams is growing; he’s added height and he is beginning to fill out his frame. In the last week, he has picked up offers from JMU and ODU, and the likelihood is more are on the way.

Terion Sugick | 3-star Defensive Tackle

Class: 2021

School: National Christian Academy

Offers: 17

Terion Sugick is one of the top interior defensive linemen in the region. He is stout at stopping the run and proficient at rushing the passer.

Sugick, who holds offers from 17 programs, recently dropped his top 5: Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida, Wake Forest and Maryland.

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