COSTA MESA, Calif. — Just three days after taking over for Ken Whisenhunt as the Los Angeles Chargers' offensive play-caller, Shane Steichen discussed the transition from quarterbacks coach to running the entire offense.
"It's been smooth," Steichen says. "Coach (Anthony) Lynn was in this position a couple of years ago. We've had a great relationship. Me and him have been talking through some things and it's been pretty good."
Steichen said the transition has affected more than just him on the coaching staff, and he praised the group for their efforts. While Steichen avoided specifics about what might change with the offense, he did discuss the some of the unit's issues and the need to keep the play-calling from becoming too unbalanced.
"You got to stay on the field as much as we can," Steichen says. "We had some three-and-outs the past couple of weeks. I think we just got to continue to stay on the field and try to be as productive as we can.
"You got to get first downs, you got to have a little rhythm," Steichen says. "Rhythm mixing the run and pass. Be more balanced as much as we can. Not saying that we weren't. I think some of those games the last couple of weeks, we were in some situations where we had to throw a little more than run it. So, be as much balanced as we can and go from there."
The Chargers' upcoming opponent, the Green Bay Packers, will test that approach. The Packers have established double-digit leads in each of their last two games. If Steichen's offense doesn't keep pace, Los Angeles could look one-dimensional again.
-- Jason B. Hirschhorn is an award-winning sports journalist and Pro Football Writers of America member. Follow him on Twitter: @by_JBH