The Pro Football Writers of America have named newly hired head coach Ken Whisenhunt as the assistant coach of the year. Whisenhunt earned the recognition for his work as the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers. Along with first year head coach Mike McCoy, Whisenhunt was able to get Philip Rivers back to being a dominant quarterback mostly by helping the areas around him
. They were able to get King Dunlap to play left tackle at a remarkable level. Running back Ryan Mathews had his best year of his career while third round pick Keenan Allen was good enough to be named Offensive Rookie of the Year and become Rivers’ favorite target at wide receiver.
As a result, the Chargers were able to improve on their 7-9 2012 record and go 9-7 earning a trip to the playoffs as a wild card. Although this is a regular season award, the Chargers were also able to beat the Cincinnati Bengals and advance to the Divisional Round before falling short against the Denver Broncos.