Kenneth Murray excited to play in Chargers new defensive scheme

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As the Rams’ defensive coordinator in 2020, Brandon Staley helped implement a scheme that had that team finish atop the league in points allowed and yards allowed.

Now as the Chargers head coach, Staley is bringing that system to a training facility an hour or two south — depending on traffic. And that’s been good news for linebacker Kenneth Murray.

Selected with the 23rd pick in 2020, Murray started all 16 games as a rookie in former coordinator Gus Bradley’s system. But under Staley and coordinator Renaldo Hill, Murray feels like he’ll get back to a style of play that better fits him.

“A lot of the things in the scheme last year didn’t allow for me to play as downhill as I wanted to play,” Murray said Tuesday, via Gilbert Manzano of the Los Angeles Daily News. “In college, that’s pretty much what I did every down is play downhill, so to hear somebody come in and say they want me to play downhill, that’s kinda like music to my ears.

“Playing downhill, blitzing a lot more, being aggressive, so that’s what I’m excited about.”

Murray had 107 total tackles with a sack, three passes defensed, and five tackles for loss as a rookie. If he does get to blitz more, those sack numbers should come up. He recorded 8.5 in his last two seasons at Oklahoma.

Kenneth Murray excited to play in Chargers new defensive scheme originally appeared on Pro Football Talk