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2/12/2007 11:24:00 PM

Who will take over for Marty?

Some lucky coach will inherit the NFL's best running back next season.
Simon Bruty/SI

On the surface, the Chargers appear to be the ultimate coaching dream. They have the best offensive player in the NFL, 27-year-old LaDainian Tomlinson; the best defensive player, 22-year-old Shawne Merriman; Philip Rivers, a 25-year-old Pro Bowl quarterback; and several other good young players on both sides of the ball. GM A.J. Smith has had three brilliant drafts in a row and the cupboard is definitely full.

Nevertheless, there's a downside to this gig. San Diego's 14-2 mark will be hard to match next year. The Chargers' schedule in 2006 was somewhat soft and next year they'll face the Colts and Patriots. And when the next coach comes in, he'll likely bring in his own ideas and system, leaving himself wide open to criticism if they don't duplicate last season's success.

San Diego has to feel it's on the brink of winning a Super Bowl, so it wouldn't make sense to bring in an inexperienced coach. Expect big names to surface in the coming days. The first name that comes to mind is Pete Carroll, who is already in Southern California and now faces a clouded future at USC in light of potential NCAA discipline. Carroll has said he wants personnel control, but maybe he's willing to back off that demand for this situation.

If the Chargers really want a proven winner, they'll have to chase Bill Cowher and Bill Parcells - unlikely scenarios, but hey, it was unlikely Schottenheimer would be fired in the second week of February.

As for other candidates, some of the guys the Cowboys turned down are a good place to start - Ron Rivera, Mike Singletary, Jim Caldwell and Norv Turner.

If I had to pick a favorite, it'd be Carroll although I wouldn't be surprised if he shot down speculation immediately. Let me know who you think the next San Diego coach will be and what issues he'll face.
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Posted: 12:01 AM   by D. P.
I think that Carroll will quickly join up with the other "unlikely scenarios" you mentioned and be out of the rat race.

It'll probably end up being one of the young defensive minds in the game. Rivera comes to mind as my personal pick for a favorite.

That being said, it'll probably end up being Norv Turner for some ghastly reason...
Posted: 12:03 AM   by Anonymous
Heard that Jimmy Johnson might be in the mix...well, if he's ever going back, it's now or never. You can't ask for a better situation than this.

Generally, I'm against retreads, but a guy who's done it before -- whether it's Johnson, Vermeil, Parcells, or Cowher -- would not be a bad choice. here.
Posted: 12:08 AM   by Anonymous
San Diego needs a proven Super Bowl coach to help get them to the next level. The best man available is Jimmy Johnson. "How 'bout them Chargers!"

KB Vancouver, WA
Posted: 12:09 AM   by Anonymous
Jim Tressel
Posted: 12:12 AM   by Anonymous
Honestly, I wouldn't want that gig. It may be high profile in sunny San Diego, but I'm not sure I would want to be working for the Spanos/Smith double team that can't seem to find a coach they can get along with. That is only one of the problems, but probably the biggest. Living up to the regular season successes would be less of a hassle because the talent is there to have more fantastic seasons. I think they need to be looking in the area for the right fit. Singletary would be great if they are looking to go with the first time coach movement the rest of the NFL has gone with recently but my money is on Norv Turner. He is a great offensive mind and can work wonders with Philip Rivers, a young quarterback he can help mentor.
Mike Ditka!
Posted: 12:15 AM   by Rajive
Cower will never take the Sd job. He has too much respect for Marty to pick up were he left off.
Posted: 12:16 AM   by Anonymous
Pete, I hate to see you go. Thanks for 2 national championships, 3 Heisman Trophies (maybe 2 after they get done with Reggie Bush), great recruiting and showing ND that their program is wau over hyped.
Posted: 12:18 AM   by Mike McCormick
This is a total reach... but you want someone who can take young talent and mold the ego's and continue to develop them... how about Jimmy Johnson ?? Provided Carroll doesnt want to take over the job.. I mean really who wouldnt want this job ? Its not often you can walk into a new scenario with talent already on board and not just ok talent, we are talking real horses in the stable down there in San Diego.
Posted: 12:19 AM   by Anonymous
Chargers should hire Larry Brown.
Posted: 12:19 AM   by Jordan
Parcells & Carroll were the first names to come to mind, but I think both will pass. Although, I think it will be a first time head coach, I'd chase Dick Vermeil.
Posted: 12:21 AM   by Josh
Schottenheimer wasn't the problem. Cam Cameron and Wade Phillips were the problems, and both are gone, thank goodness. Cameron was calling the plays that stalled the Chargers' offense, and it started happening well before the regular season was over. Against the Patriots, Phillips did nothing to adjust to the fact that they weren't putting pressure on Brady with a four man rush. It's a shame that Marty took the fall, but with both of those overrrated coordinators gone, look for the Chargers to come out strong next year.
Posted: 12:22 AM   by Anonymous
The Chargers should hire the BCS Committee to coach the Chargers. Since none of them know anything about playoffs, it should work out well for all parties.
Posted: 12:23 AM   by Anonymous
I hear the BCS Committee has hired Schottenheimer. Since he doesn't know anything about playoffs, they figured he was a good addition to the committee.
Posted: 12:24 AM   by Kris B.
This is where I think Mike Sherman would have been better off instead of being promoted to head the hapless Houston offense. What are Philip Rivers except younger versions of Ahman Green and Brett Favre?

Since Sherman is out of the running, I'd like to see Carroll or Cowher, but it won't happen.

I'll guess it's Norv Turner but I have learned to never be surprised by the San Diego front office
Posted: 12:25 AM   by Anonymous
The Chargers should hire Larry Brown to coach them.
Posted: 12:26 AM   by Anonymous
I think the Chargers should hire Terrel Owens as their coach.
Posted: 12:28 AM   by Anonymous
Norm Chow...he has a man crush on Rivers and knows how to use talent.
Posted: 12:29 AM   by Anonymous
i hope if they hire somone the guy has a big name attached to it. hell im sure id be happy with parcel but thats a real long shot. but please no Norv turner. great oc but not a good head coach. Ill be on the edge of my seat watching and waiting. untill then BOLTS dont let me down!
Posted: 12:29 AM   by Anonymous
Bob Stoops.... OU is also involved with an NCAA investigation.
Posted: 12:30 AM   by Anonymous
Norv Turner. He has his Emmitt and his Troy in place, all he needs is an Irvin...The 'D' seems set...So, I say Norv.
Posted: 12:31 AM   by Steverino1985
1. Dennis Green 2. Norv Turner 3. Mike Tice 4. Steve Spurrier

No particular order, but all seemingly would take that job, regardless of oversight at this point, to get a chance at glory with that talent pool.
Posted: 12:31 AM   by Anonymous
Long time season ticket holder in shock.I am expecting a big time name, proven winner.Only college coach I would be happy with would be Charlie Weis.Timming of all this is terrible.I hope they have a serious plan ready to go!
Posted: 12:32 AM   by sg9765
I am stunned like everyone. It should have happened a month ago if it was going to happen, i didnot expect all of the staff to leave.

I woul dlike to see Dennis Green as an interim, or perm coach. Al Saunders is now ready to coach, i also could see Jim Mora Jr. James Lofton....or even Norm Chow. It needs someone tough and firm.
Posted: 12:33 AM   by Fred - San Diego
I don't believe Pete Caroll would be interested in the Chargers, he's got a good thing going on over at USC and just receive great grades on the new class come in. I would think the Chargers could make a bigger splash with the "Big Tuna" being a very discipline coach and this being a team with good chemistry, no T.O. factor.
Posted: 12:38 AM   by Anonymous
I feel that the absolute best choice for San Diego is either Jim Caldwell or Norv Turner. I dont like Ron Rivera in this instance because San Diego is set with the personnel to run a 3-4 while Ron Rivera would probably try and set up the Tampa 2 with smaller athletic defenders. I also feel that Norv Turner would be a bad choice because they got rid of Marty because of his inability to win when it mattered most. No disrespect to Norv Turner but he hasn't won, period. Thats why Jim Caldwell would fill in fine and take Phillip Rivers under his wing and help him along with the same stuff that Peyton Manning taught him.
Posted: 12:41 AM   by Andrew
Ron Rivera. A.J. knows Rivera can use Shawne Merriman to his full potential.
Posted: 12:42 AM   by Andrew
Ron Rivera. A.J. knows Rivera can use Shawne Merriman to his full potential.
Posted: 12:43 AM   by Anonymous
Chargers should go after Urban Meyer- LMAO
Posted: 12:43 AM   by Anonymous
Why would Mike Martz or Russ Grim not get a mention for head coach. Another guy that might make sense would be Denny Green.
Posted: 12:47 AM   by Anonymous
Ron Rivera, without a doubt. On the field he is regarded as a bright and up and coming young coach who would blend in elements of the cover 2 and 46 into his defense. He's also indicated that he'd bring in Wade Wilson as offensive coordinator. Wade did a good job of getting the most out of two bad quarterbacks: a rookie Kyle Orton and a short 'n slow Rex Grossman. Off the field, Rivera's hiring would be well received by the large Latino community in Southern California.
Posted: 12:55 AM   by Anonymous
I think Dan Reeves is as good a fit as
any of the guys mentioned.
Posted: 12:56 AM   by Anonymous
As a Charger Fan, I wanted Norm Chow even before the 14-2 season. He tutored Philip Rivers at NC State and created ingenious offenses at USC and in Tennessee around Vince Young. Perfect fit!!
Posted: 12:58 AM   by Anonymous
I think San Diego should do whatever it takes to get Jon Gruden. Let him do what he does best, take a great team that someone else has built and win a Super Bowl with it. The Chargers are a better team than the Bucs were when he took them over, just think what he could do with them.

Chris Goodrich: Evansville, IN
Posted: 12:58 AM   by Anonymous
Pete Carroll wants control. Chargers General Manager AJ Smith is not going to give control up. Why would Carroll want to leave the best job in college football? The Chargers would not pay him that much more money, and if Carroll fails to win a Super Bowl his first year, he would take most of the blame.
-- Scott H.
Posted: 12:59 AM   by Anonymous
I think that they should go with Bill Parcells as he would instantly elevate them a notch and give them mental toughness they seem to lack....
Posted: 1:02 AM   by Anonymous
Hey, how about Steve Mariuchi ? Why isn't his name coming up anywhere ?
Posted: 1:05 AM   by Anonymous
Denny Green is from San Diego and he would help us find out if the Chargers were who we thought they were.
Posted: 1:06 AM   by Steve - San Diego
Oh man, here we go again. Leave it to the Chargers to make the bonehead moves that make them a fine example of how not to run a franchise. If you're going to fire the guy, fire him! Don't play around until you loose quality coaches and miss out on other strong candidates for the head job. That said, since they're starting over, go with something new with a new attitude, go with Singletary.
Posted: 1:06 AM   by Anonymous
i think the next coach of the chargers should and most definetly be someone who the players will respect. Also, the coach should basically keep the same formula and add his own wrinkles. Hell it went 14-2 so if anyone can coach n the playoffs better them marty(its a joke really) then id pick parcells who knows a 3-4 when he sees one or jimmy johnon who knows how 2 use a running back. pete carroll may be over his head here again - he cheated he was supposed to win people, everyone has their run until it ends. ....go canes shannon 4 coach of the year
Posted: 1:07 AM   by Anonymous
I don't see how the Chargers can top their 14-2 record next year, no matter who they hire.

Since there have been conflicts with management and coaches in the past, I think they'd be wise to look at a younger coach who isn't as set in his ways. I'd like to see them take a chance on a guy like Singletary or Rivera.

They'd also be smart to try to acquire the services of veteran coordinators, people like Norv Turner. I think a lot of coaches would be very interested in the chance to coach the talent in San Diego.

I'd also be very surprised if Pete Carrol leaves USC for this situation. I don't see a guy who supposedly wants complete control coming to a situation where the current coach was fired in large part due to a conflict with management.
Posted: 1:08 AM   by Skipper
Wow, I'm still in shock with the whole thing, I thought for sure it was gonna happen after the loss to the Pats and then it didnt.
Then I got mad that they fired everyone and Spanos kept Marty,
and now he's gone, go figure.
but after thinking about it, it was the right move for a couple reasons. Yes better late than never is the only thing I can say.

"how would any of the new assistant coaches feel about going into a new job and the upcoming season knowing that the head coach only had one year left."
they would have had no motivation!

I think it would have been another year of talent wasted, players getting older, and more free agents at the end of the season.
Marty wasn't taking this team anywhere!

Some people may see getting rid of Marty as a setback, I don't.

Getting rid of all of your prime coordinators, now thats a setback and if they were gonna get rid of the top assistants why not the head coach and just start fresh?should have happened sooner, before Cameron and Philips left...nice one Spanos!!!

Some coach who wants to change his reputation, or make a name for himself (if he hasnt done so already), is gonna get his chance, he's gonna come into San Diego, a city that is ready for a title, and take them all the way. This team is ready to go to and win the big one...as long as LT isn't on the cover of Madden 2008...

There is too much talent to waste another year with and I think thats what AJ and Spanos thought, keeping Marty would not change anything.

One more thing I don't understand... Carrol coming back to the NFL, I'd love to have him in San Diego, don't get me wrong, but how do you leace a team that has the talent to win the national championship?

Show me your lightning bolt!!!
Posted: 1:08 AM   by Anonymous
I really can't believe that Mike Sherman hasn't gotten another shot. Mike was a terrible GM but he was well above average as a coach. For a coach that only had one losing season you would think he would get a shot over some of these other bums. -Matt St. Paul, MN
Posted: 1:09 AM   by Anonymous
I would say - George Seifert, Pete carroll or Jimmy Johnson. Realisticaly it will be none of the above, but as you stated it will be "SOMEBODY". who knows with A.J , but "in A.J we trust". He will pull that Rabbit out of his you know what!!! What I love is confidence and that is what A.J personifies. Never doubt somebody who turns the doubters into Jokers.
Posted: 1:18 AM   by Anonymous
How bout a big name thats out there- Jimmy Johnson?
Posted: 1:19 AM   by Anonymous
JEFF FISHER is the best coach in the NFL!!!!!!! GET HIM!!!!!!
Posted: 1:22 AM   by Robert
Jim Caldwell seems the most likely candidate. He slipped past most coaching searches thanks to the Colts' spot in the Super Bowl, so he's one of the few candidates (along with Rivera) with whom the late coaching change might actually work to the Chargers' benefit.

Now that San Diego has committed to Philip Rivers, the Chargers have to be looking at coaches who will continue to help the Pro Bowler develop; add that to San Diego's capability of providing a powerhouse offense in the mold of the Colts, and Caldwell's a snug fit.

As eager as everyone already seems to toss around Pete Carroll's name, San Diego wants a coach who's a proven winner in the NFL right now. Carroll flopped in his last NFL stint, and success in college ball doesn't always translate to success in the pros. I can't see the Chargers putting a team sitting on a 14-2 record in the hands of a coach that provides such a high degree of uncertainty.
As a life long San Diego Chargers fan i must say, I am glad that AJ Smith survived the power struggle. Now on to the coach, I have no idea who the hire will be but am confident in both Smith and the Spanos family that they didnt fire Marty without some inclination as to who the next coach would be.
Posted: 1:26 AM   by Anonymous
Hey, I was thinking since the San Diego job has opened up, I think the next head coach and should be the next head coach of the San Diego Chargers is either Jimmy Johnson or Mike Dikta. I think those two men wouldn't pass up a chance to go to the super bowl and win with the likes of Philip Rivers, LaDalian Tomlinson, Shawn Merriman, Etc.
Posted: 1:27 AM   by Anonymous
What about Jimmy Johnson?
Posted: 1:30 AM   by Banjo Jones
Posted: 1:31 AM   by Abbass
i think it might be ron rivera i think he brings the to the table considering he came from a good defense in chicago.
Posted: 1:32 AM   by Anonymous
Norm Chow?
Posted: 1:34 AM   by John
I'm not sure if he is head coaching material or if he is better suited for the OC role, but Norm Chow, with his relationship to Rivers, seems to be a solid candidate.
Posted: 1:36 AM   by Sean
There's not many comments yet because Charger fans are at a loss. The Chargers have the talent to win NOW, and not just aim for a playoff win but a Super Bowl victory. That means the Bolts can't go for a head coach without experience (Ron Rivera or Mike Singletary, both of whom deserve a head coaching job). The team desperately needs someone who's won the big game, or at least won "a" big game (Schott's downfall).

Is it possible for a Parcells or Carrol to come in? Probably not. Coax a Dick Vermeal out of retirement? Again no. Hire a Dennis Green? Yikes, not after what we saw in Arizona. Dare I say Mike Martz? Jim Fassel? Both of those coaches at least got a team to the big dance.

I think the Chargers are so loaded that even Tony Gwynn could be offensive coordinator and see LaDanian Tomlinson score 20+ TDs next season and get the Chargers to a 11-5 record.

The point? Get a good front man who's been there before to lead the troops all the way. Let the players continue to let their talent do the speaking on the field.
Posted: 1:37 AM   by Larry
To me the only upside of the Patriot loss was the riddance of the "sod and mire" of the Charger coaching... so be it if its a month overdue. My vote is Mike Singletary... hey would you want to face those eyes on the opposite sideline... and wow what a mentor for Merriman and Phillips...
Posted: 1:40 AM   by Anonymous
bill walsh!
Posted: 1:43 AM   by Anonymous
How could Parcells resist the Chargers if Spanos calls him? It's a team good enough to go to the Super Bowl next season, with no TO and no Jerry Jones.
Posted: 1:46 AM   by David Margulies
I think you've made some pretty good calls as far as possible future coaches, but the one thing that I think will definitely benefit any incoming coach is M-Shot's (I just coined that) failure in the playoffs. I watched the game against the Pats and after the first half I really thought the Chargers were just going to demolish any team in their way. Well then something happened in that locker room that I will never know about. And we all know what happened next, they got away from their bread and butter (LT) and ended up losing a very winnable game after such an incredible showing in the regular season. If we look at this year's Colts team we see that losing in the regular season actually helped them. They finally had to get used to coming back in the fourth quarter and so they knew how when it really mattered. For the Colts the regular season was a preparation for the playoffs, like it should be, unlike for the Bolts, who just breezed through the regular season, which did not, and really could not, prepare them for the playoffs. And recent history proves that losing in the regular season, at least in moderation, isn't the nail in the coffin. Often times it is the catalyst needed to propel a team to the next level. I think everyone in SoCal needs to think about that this next season when their new coach inevitably loses more than 2 games. If, and that's a big but doable if, he can take this team as high as they should go, it won't matter if he finishes 16-0, 14-2, or even 10-6. This is a Superbowl team right now, don't let the regular season get in the way of that, use the regular season to get ready, not just to flex your muscles. Good luck to M-Shot and whoever takes over the best all around team in the NFL.
Posted: 1:51 AM   by Joe
As crazy as it sounds, in spite of the poor job he did coaching in Arizona, I'd say the next Charger coach will be Dennis Green. Why? Because they won't be able to get anyone else.
Posted: 1:54 AM   by Anonymous
Why not reunite Philip Rivers and Norm Chow? Rivers was a Freshman All-American when Chow was his offensive coordinator at North Carolina State. Just look at what Norm Chow has done with Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, and Vince Young. Chow is an offensive genius. You have to give him credit for the job he's done with the Titans' offense. Matt Leinart even endorsed Chow when the Cardinals were looking for their next head coach. The Chargers' defense is pretty much set. So hiring an offensive-minded coach like Chow would further develop Rivers. Let Chow become the head coach and after another brilliant draft this April, the Chargers will win Super Bowl XLII!
Posted: 1:55 AM   by CJ from Philly
I think they could benefit greatly from someone like Marty Morrenwhig (I know its not spelled right but oh well). He's done an excellent job in Philly and I'm sure he'll want to prove he can be a head coach in the NFL again. Detroit didn't work out, but I think he'd jump at the chance to redeem himself. That said I want him to stay in Philly and Take over for when Andy Reid decides to stop coaching the Eagles.
Posted: 2:01 AM   by Anonymous
Ive got to believe the Chargers are goin to hire an offense-minded coach, which is Norv Turner. When the best player on your team, and possibly the league, is on offense, you focus on offense. Plus Turner has had head coaching experience and can help develope Philip Rivers
Posted: 2:03 AM   by Nick
how about mike martz? given the high level of offensive talent in san diego, the martz system could really make that offense explode even more.

also, can we really rule out a second chance for art shell?
Carrol would make a lot of sense, but i dont think his personality makes him fit to command the millionaire club members of the nfl.
Posted: 2:24 AM   by Anonymous
Here's thinking the Chargers would do best avoiding the BigName™ candidates. Pete Carroll? Yeah, a great job done at USC, but his track record in the NFL should say NO ; taking those '96 Super Bowl runners-up and getting less & less in 3 consecutive seasons, and then turning them over to Belichick, who showed there was certainly enough talent there to form the nucleus of a 3-time Lombardi trophy winner. And that was his 2nd shot. Norv Turner? No, no, no. A great offensive coordinator, but stints in Washington & Oakland proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he doesn't belong at the top job. Bill Parcells? Bill Cowher? I believe them when they say that they are out of the game. If the Chargers want a true Big Name, then why not lure Jimmy Johnson from behind the announcer's table, where he seems to have plenty of fire left. Better than this, perhaps, would be to raid the competition. Since he's only a coordinator, they need no permission to talk to Oakland's Rob Ryan, who did such a stellar job with the defense, even with no support from that Offense. Try getting Heimerdinger as Offensive Coordinator. And see if you could get Jim Fassel as Asst Head Coach/QB Coach, known for his work in taking John Elway to the next level, getting a 41-0 NFC Championship Game performance out of Kerry Collins. Wouldn't that staff be worthy of a few turned heads?
Posted: 2:29 AM   by Anonymous
Carrol is a great and logical choice, although it depends how much he values his status as THE head coach of all of Southern California. After a legendary collegiate run and reviving a storied football program, the likelihood of leading the Chargers to a Super Bowl win (they are the favorites in Vegas) with a new staff and new system, all in one year, seems daunting at best. Carrol has always seemed to bow out of other job possibilities to remain in his elevated position. Although I agree that the Chargers will need a big name, and fast, my guess is that they will end up with slim pickings. Norv Turner is the biggest name out there, and it wouldn't be a surprised choice either.
Posted: 2:29 AM   by Anonymous
Norv will be the man...
Posted: 2:29 AM   by Anonymous
I think the next coach for the bolts should be AJ Smith...he thinks its so easy to get to the superbowl...Lets see him do it.


Posted: 2:30 AM   by Arrowfoot
First off I think Marty Schottenheimer got a bumb deal. I think The Chargers let him go at this stage to insure he would not be coaching in the league next season. As for who will replace him? Norv Turner is the best bet. I think the Chargers will want a offesive minded coach to hopefuly take them to the next level. Pete Carrol is out of the picture unless the Chargers are going to fire Smith as well.
Posted: 2:36 AM   by Anonymous
While Carroll might have been a stretch a couple of weeks ago, the questions regarding Joe McKnight's recruiting seem to make him an intriguing candidate. I can't see Pete Carroll and A.J. Smith getting along though. As was mentioned, Carroll wants personnel control, but Smith is already a very controlling GM. I think the Chargers will most definitely go after an offensive minded coach. With most critics pointing to the Chargers' conservatism and "MartyBall" during their two early season losses, any new coach will probably try and distance himself by using an aggressive, wide-open offense.
Posted: 2:46 AM   by Long
Nick Saban!
Posted: 2:47 AM   by Ch V Kalyan
Whoever wants to be the coach of San Diego Chargers need to accept one thing. AJ Smith is the top dog and if he is not happy with you, you are not going to make it.

It is a great challenge for the new coach to replace a 14-2 / 47-33 over 5 years coach. I admit that the postseason play of the chargers hasn't been great, but how many teams in NFL wouldn't want to switch positions with them.

The charges play the AFC south, NFC North, Colts, Pats and Ravens next year. That looks like a even schedule to me.

I think MS will land a great job somewhere and think chargers have lost the best chance to win SB2007. Afterall didn't the perennial losers Cowher and Dungy win the last 2 SBs.
Posted: 2:57 AM   by Anonymous
There is a 0.0000% chance Pete Carroll will take the SD job.
Posted: 3:15 AM   by Anonymous
Rex Ryan - Defensive Coordinator - Baltimore Ravens
Underrated coordinator who deserves a shot to coach.
Posted: 3:31 AM   by tom
how long will it take for Nick Saban to say "I'm not taking the Chargers job"
Posted: 3:40 AM   by Brady Austin
I think Rex Ryan, current defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, should be considered as a possibility, too. He has had continued success at Baltimore with a 3-4 defensive scheme, and he has had playoff experience. The key for the Chargers would be to then hire an offensive coordinator who is competent to complement Ryan, perhaps Jim Caldwell of the Colts.
Posted: 3:56 AM   by Anonymous
The Chargers should give Don Coryell one last chance to win the Super Bowl after missing out with some of the greatest offenses in NFL history in the late 70's, early 80's...


Norm Chow.
Posted: 5:01 AM   by Anonymous
jim fassel-head coach
dennis green-offensive coord
jim hasslet-def coord (3-4 def)
Posted: 5:02 AM   by Anonymous
Norv Turner will be the coach. There were stretches last season where the QB play struggled, and the Chargers must develop Rivers into a more consistent player. Nobody in the league (that is available) is better at that task.
Posted: 5:52 AM   by Anonymous
Get Dan Reeves is is smart enough to hire some good people, and he wants to get back into coaching.
Posted: 7:03 AM   by Anonymous
Turner and Carroll will both want too much controll. The Chargers are stacked for a run now so they need a proven winner not potential. With Chower and Parcells not viable this doesn't leave them with too many options. The top candidates would have to be Mike Martz if they want an offensive minded head coach (Think what his offense could do on a team that actually has a defense) or Ron Rivera if they want to go defense (with LT and Gates a play defense and control the ball approach would work.) The only caviate with Rivera is that he needs to be able to adapt to the 3-4 as the Chargers aren't going to bring in someone to change the system.
Posted: 7:07 AM   by Anonymous
It's going to be Mike Singletary and his biggest issu will be finding qualified assistant coaches.
Posted: 7:53 AM   by Bryon
Pete Carroll is not leaving USC for a job that has no control. That is what he is good at. The Chargers better keep their hands off Norv Turner too. Us 49er fans have already had 1 big scare.

I think they should hire Jimmy Johnson. ANYONE BUT NORV!!
Posted: 8:02 AM   by Anonymous
Dennis Green? After his cop-out in Arizona following the Chicago loss? Firing his coordinator for hiw own lousy play-calling? No way.
Posted: 8:12 AM   by Anonymous
why does Rob Ryan get no mention? best DC in the NFL and the son of a coaching legend, could really lead this team
Posted: 8:17 AM   by Anonymous
The Chargers won't hire Rivera for the same reason the Cowboys didn't hire him. He is a 4\3 guy and the Chargers are a 3/4 team.

I think they should go after a young aggressive Sean Peyton type. Don't bring in another one of these Dinosaurs like Parcells or Cowher. I mean what coaches actually win Superbowls with two different teams? Huh?

Of course, if you didn't want young and aggressive, Norm Chow would be in interesting pick. My goodness give him that offense and lookout. They could Singletary to run the defense and hoist the trophy next year.
Posted: 8:28 AM   by Anonymous
Mike Martz. San Diego is built for his offense to run in Martz's image.

If anyone say Steve Spurrier again, I am gonna go ballistic. That man will be a Gamecock until he retires!
Posted: 8:43 AM   by Lorenzo, San Ysidro, CA
I belive Parcells would take this job for three simple reasons:
1. This team is ready made for him to concrete his entrance into the Hall of Fame. 14-2 and an early exit is very easy to surpass. How about 12-4 and a Super Bowl win!
2. No T.O! this team has no headaches like T.O and Al Davis jr. This team is one big play wide out away from having a complte team.
3. The weather is nice, a laid back atmosphere, and an owner that is hands off(compared to JJ).
I expect parcells to be named the coach, why would they make this move at this time.
Posted: 8:53 AM   by Anonymous
Nick Saban says he will be the coach at Alabama next year, maybe he is interested.
Posted: 8:57 AM   by Anonymous
Makes you wonder what Wade Phillips is thinking right now. If he would have stayed around, he could have stayed in SoCal and been head coach?
Posted: 9:02 AM   by Anonymous
Why do sports reporters continue to bring up Carrol's name with every pro opportunity? He is a great college coach, but that is it.

As a fan, I just want someone young and hungry.
Posted: 9:04 AM   by Anonymous
Go cherry pick U of Hawaii and bring in June Jones and have him take Jerry Glanville with him. We know the defense will be in good hands as Glanville can work with the 3-4 and between Clarence Shelmon carrying on for Cam and JJ coming in with his "run and shoot" mentality - we could have a nice hybrid offense on our hands.
Posted: 9:13 AM   by Chunkytwo
I want to know when a 14-2 record with the MVP of the league and several pro bowlers isn't good enough in the NFL??? It seems to me the front office in San Diego are sending the wrong message all the way around...work your butt off for us and make us a butt load of money then once you have us where we want to be we will stab you in the back and let you bleed out!!! It is a sad state in sports these days!!
If I was a canidate for this position I would run full force the other way...
I think they will make a run at Bill Cower...but he is a long shot to take it...perfect fit though!
Posted: 9:13 AM   by dax
My gut says that it's Pete Carroll.
Sarkasian was 'offered' the Raiders OC job and after meeting with Carroll he quickly turned it down to stay as OC at USC.
With Carroll going to Sandy Eggo, Sarkasian will be the new HC at USC.
I think this deal was done awhile back.
My $.02 worth.
Posted: 9:18 AM   by Anonymous
Head Coach: Jimmie Johnson
Defense : The Tuna
Offense : Norm Chow

Make it happen!
Posted: 9:31 AM   by Anonymous
2 words for this issue....JOE PA!!! j/k...I think Mike Martz would be a good fit, but I'm not sure if he would use the best RB in the world correctly. Norv would be all right, but they would need a hell of a defensive coordinator to take over. I think Norv could work w/ Rivers, not to mentioned he has always given the rock to the RB's.
Posted: 9:45 AM   by Anonymous
I'll bet Russ Grimm is wishing right now that he hadn't signed with the Wiz in Steeler West...
Posted: 9:45 AM   by Anonymous
Russ Grimm

The brake-up of the Steelers coaching staff is the next best thing in coaching, as the brake-up of the Tampa Bay coaching staff a couple years ago.

Don't beleive me, look at the superbowl, Tampa Bay coaching staff!
Posted: 9:46 AM   by Anonymous
Pete Carroll did not win in the NFL when he was a head coach and he won't win again as a head coach. So get off the Carroll train and concentrate on legitimate coaching possibilities. Carroll will have to face NCAA sanctions like a man or move on as a cowardly whimp.
Posted: 9:46 AM   by Anonymous
I think the next coach will be Mike Singeltary. He's a darkhorse, but the team needs some discipline after what happened in the playoffs. The only downside is dealing with the ego of A.J. Smith. Good luck to the next coach (whoever he might be)
Posted: 9:55 AM   by Anonymous
Mike Martz. His off-season home is in San Diego. Given the opportunity to leave a coordinator position in Detroit, to be home in San Diego and groom a quarterback like Rivers is too much to pass up. You can bet his agent will be campaigning hard for him.
Posted: 10:01 AM   by Anonymous
No one has mentioned Larry Coker. National champs w/ the Hurricanes and also 2nd when they lost to Ohio State in the BCS game. 59-13 record. Don't count him out.
Posted: 10:06 AM   by ToErr
Either Jimmy Johnson or Dick Vermeil should jump through fire to get this job. Either would have an instant Super Bowl contender, and Vermeil in particular could use another SB appearance on his resume to reach the Hall of Fame. Of the two, I think Vermeil is more logical: SCal roots; has a history of working well with GMs, unlike Johnson, who has too big an ego & would probably want too much control for Smith's comfort.
Posted: 10:06 AM   by Anonymous
This is going to be a big setback for Rivers. Now his O-coordinator is gone, his head coach is gone, here come some new coaches and new systems. Young QB's need consistency, we have seen what constant coaching changes can do to a young QB (Vinne T anyone).

I like either Carroll (though he is likely to turn down any offer, Turner (not convinced he can be a head coach), Singeltary (risky move for a team on the brink of greatness, but might be the move to make).
Posted: 10:09 AM   by Anonymous
Well I think my boy Kirk Ferentz from Iowa University deserves a shot they didn't have the best year but he always puts together talent for his system and after training Hodge and Greenway at Iowa I'm sure he'd love Marriman and crew. Also he has a great abiltity to get the Running Back involved in both the pass and running plays. Also I think Mike Martz would be a great hire too. He would do amazing things with LT, Rivers, and the rest of the team but In my opinion Ferentz deserves the shot more.
Posted: 10:12 AM   by Anonymous
First off, Merriman is not the leagues best defensive player. That's just silly. Second, the job isn't that enticing. The entire coaching staff will need to be overhauled, the team is now behind the 8-ball in terms of FA and scouting because of the head coach firing this late in the game, Rivers faded badly down the stretch, and that team had a losing record against playoff teams. The team looks more pumped up than it is because they played a very soft schedule. They will get each teams A game this year, and with such poor decisions regarding the coaching staff expect that team to be back to 8-8.
Posted: 10:25 AM   by Anonymous
My guess is that Jim Haslett could be a candidate. Rivera would be tricky since he runs the cover 2 and the chargers use the 3-4. Haslett at least comes from the same school of thought as Marty and plus, he wouldn't demand complete control over the roster.

Norv would be a disaster and am tired of hearing of the magic he worked with Troy Aikman. Yes, he did great with Aikman but look at his track record as a Head Coach. What wonders did he work with Heath Shuler and Gus Frerrotte? None, that's what. The man was a disaster as a Head Coach. If he gets the job, the NFL should institute a 3 strikes and you're out kind of deal.
Posted: 10:27 AM   by Anonymous
Dick Lebou would be a logical choose to lead the team... I agree with an earlier post that the Chargers loss to the Patriots was just as much a product of the defense's lack of adjustment and lack of play making in the 4th quarter... as it was Marty's decisions...
Posted: 10:34 AM   by kd
After a successful season at USC, Pete Carroll has spent much of the offesason emroiled in legal troubles that could end with Reggie Bush being stripped of his Heisman.

San Diego is a team loaded with superstar talent, similar to the talent that Carroll has constantly molded into championship teams at USC. Infusion of a coach with Carroll's kind of player development ability could make GM A.J. Smith obsolete.

I think the match is perfect. Carroll leaves behind a great legacy at USC, one that benefits from reduced and merciful NCAA sanctions on the new coach. He then ascends to the professional ranks, taking the reigns of an odds on Super Bowl favorite team with the opportunity to hire a coaching staff who can best implement his program.

Make sense to anyone else?
Posted: 10:36 AM   by Anonymous
I think Norm Chow would be a great fit for the Chargers.
Posted: 10:44 AM   by Anonymous
Mike Sherman - as long as you keep him out of the GM job.
Posted: 10:45 AM   by Rich
How about Rex Ryan? Can you imagine what he'd do with Merriman.
Posted: 10:46 AM   by Anonymous
I haven't heard this name brought up yet, but what about Steve Mariucci?
Posted: 10:52 AM   by Anonymous
1) Dan Reeves....I can't believe the Cowboys didn't go get him
2) Steve Mariucci
3) Don Coryell
Posted: 10:54 AM   by Anonymous
Bring back Bobby Ross!! If not Boss Ross, then Mooch. I can coach this team to the playoffs!!
Posted: 10:58 AM   by Anonymous
Take Al Saunders....please!!! Sincerely, Dan Snyder.
Posted: 11:00 AM   by Anonymous
How about Nick Saban? Of course, he'd deny any interest in the San Diego job.
Posted: 11:02 AM   by Anonymous
Marv Levy. Why not...Pry him away from Buffalo and give him another chance to win the big one. Or Joe Paterno, looks like he's about done at Penn State so why not see how he can do in the pros. Really, this is absurd. If the Chargers wanted a great choice between coaches they would have gotten rid of Marty sooner and been in the running at the same time as everyone else. I thought Dallas had it bad finding out The Tuna's fate so shortly before the Senior Bowl but this new regime is so far behind in scouting so soon before the combine that they had better be able to trust A.J. Smith and the personnel dept. That said, I hope they go with that Boise State coach so that L.T. will put up some truly Playstation like numbers and help my fantasy team even more.
Posted: 11:06 AM   by Anonymous
Dennis Green? What a joke! The Chargers are so close to the Super Bowl but they need someone who can put them over the top, not underachieve in a classic Greenian way.

Just watch. In the next couple of days, some anonymous source will float Green's name publicly. You can bet that source is Green himself.
Posted: 11:09 AM   by Anonymous
Jimmy Johnson has been a consultant for the Chargers. That is the reason they are so rich talent wise and have been so good in the last 4 drafts. Besides, I have a man crush on immy's hair....Way Cool stylin. If they can drag him off the beaches of the right coast for the left coast, there is another ring waitin...Plus we could get to hear him say; How bout them Bolts!!!
Posted: 11:12 AM   by Anonymous
San Diego can have Jon Gruden from my Bucs for cash and some draft picks. Gruden has proven that he can take talent assembled by another coach and GM (Dungy/McKay in Tampa) and take them to the Super Bowl. The downside is the years after the Super Bowl.
Posted: 11:15 AM   by Anonymous
Russ Grimm, unfortnuately I think the Cardinals need him more though.
Posted: 11:16 AM   by Anonymous
Ron H in SoCal said..

What about Jon Gruden?? He is fiery, ambitious , hard working and he would love to smack Al Davis for allowing him to go.

He fits the personality and the youth of the team.
Posted: 11:18 AM   by Anonymous
Jim Caldwell of the Colts! He will be new and has no ego problems with the GM. More importantly, ask yourself, who will the Chargers compete against next year? The Colts and the Pats! How about taking away Manning's coach who knows him the best, and work against him? For all those battles the Colts waged against the Pats, you think Caldwell has a good clue of solving the Pats by working so closely with Manning? Take him, one stone kills three bireds here!
Posted: 11:19 AM   by Anonymous
With this timing it will need to be someone desperate for a job. I cannot see someone with a job jumping on this one.

Jim Fassel would seem to be an option here.

Whoever it is will be in tough to rebuild this staff.

Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada
Dr. Tom Osborne -- let him hire some good coordinators and he'll manage the team for one year to give them a better chance to hire their real man next year. of course, after he wins the Super Bowl they won't want him to go.
Posted: 11:28 AM   by Anonymous
Why would the Chargers want Norv Turner? They felt justified dumping Marty because he can't win in the playoffs, well Norv couldn't win at all as a head coach. The guy is meant to be an offensive coordinator where he can focus his talents. Just because he was a candidate in Dallas doesn't mean he'll be a candidate for every job that opens up from now on.
Posted: 11:29 AM   by Anonymous
The best situation for the Chargers is to have Bill Cowher to be cone their coach. That would make them the favorite. Jimmy would also be really nice to have a coach. Parcells is too old and can't connect with the type of spoiled player that is in the NFL now. As a life-long Charger fan, I would love to see Carroll or Cowher. Plus you have the best player in the NFL in L.T., any coach would love to see these players on a team. You do not have to rebuild. Have a chance to win NOW.
Posted: 11:31 AM   by Anonymous
Rex Ryan of the Ravens managed the top D in the NFL. Yet no one but Peter King is mentioning him for a top spot.

I'd hate to see him leave Baltimore, but wouldn't Merriman and team love to have him on their side!
Posted: 11:38 AM   by Anonymous
Thank God, the anchor Marty dragging down this franchise has finally been removed along with the main chain of Cameron.
Green = loser. Carroll = wants control he won't get. Turner = loser. Parcells = friend of Marty. Cowher = wants that year off. Johnson = give up the cushy announcing job? When does a retread just get recognized as a worn out tire anyway?
You want continuity and someone with a lot of experience in the League and a fresh outlook? The Chargers already have him on staff. James Lofton.
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