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Chargers' search will start with six

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  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    By Kevin Acee
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    February 14, 2007 <!--- BODYTEXT --->As reality set in and business moved forward after the shock of Marty Schottenheimer's Monday dismissal, the Chargers moved quickly to begin lining up interviews with people who might want to be the next head coach of what many consider to be the NFL's most talented team.

    The Chargers yesterday requested to speak with at least six candidates currently under contract with other franchises, including Jim Mora, Ron Rivera, Rex Ryan, Mike Singletary and Norv Turner.

    Rivera, defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears, and Singletary, linebackers coach and assistant head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, are scheduled to arrive in San Diego today. Singletary is scheduled to interview with the team this morning.


    Additionally, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported late last night that the Chargers requested to speak to Mike Zimmer, the Atlanta Falcons' newly hired defensive coordinator.

    Requesting permission is a formality, as NFL rules require assistants be allowed to interview for head coaching positions.

    <!-- BEGIN:SIDEBAR --><!--startclickprintexclude--><TABLE cellPadding=5 width=250 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=15 width=240 bgColor=#dfdfdf border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>Chargers candidates
    So far, the Chargers have received permission to interview these six coaches:
    Ron Rivera: Bears defensive coordinator.
    Age: 45
    Norv Turner: 49ers offensive coordinator.
    Age: 54
    Jim Mora: Seahawks secondary coach/assistant head coach and recent head coach of the Falcons.
    Age: 45
    Mike Singletary: 49ers linebackers coach/assistant head coach.
    Age: 48
    Rex Ryan: Ravens defensive coordinator.
    Age: 44 Mike Zimmer: Falcons defensive coordinator and recent defensive coordinator for the Cowboys.
    Age: 50

    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!--endclickprintexclude--><!-- END:SIDEBAR -->Former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell has been mentioned as a candidate, but it is more likely he would be the Chargers' next defensive coordinator. It is Cottrell that General Manager A.J. Smith was pushing to replace Wade Phillips on Monday even as Schottenheimer was asserting his desire to interview his brother, Kurt.

    One agent who advises coaches noted yesterday that assistants being thrust on incoming head coaches is increasingly common.

    “In the past few years teams are more amenable to coaches who are open to take suggestions regarding their staff,” the agent said. “That is not the issue people think it is. Those days are over. There is much more collaboration now.”

    Team President Dean Spanos and Smith already have decided they will not allow assistants to leave now but instead will leave it up to the new head coach whom he wants to retain. All the assistants are under contract through next season.

    Rivera could not be reached yesterday, but he told the Chicago Tribune that the fact he runs a 4-3 defense is not an issue.

    “I don't think it (the 3-4) is nearly as different (from the 4-3) as people make it out,” Rivera said. “In the defense we run, for instance, we have what we call an under defense with a linebacker over a tight end. All you have to do (in the 3-4) is designate who the rush guy is going to be.”

    Rivera would not identify his choice for defensive coordinator but said, “The guy I've got in my mind for my coordinator is somebody they're really going to like.”

    While there is also concern about the late date at which the Chargers are beginning their search, Smith is confident the pool is plenty big. The only candidates he missed out on were the coordinators who left the Chargers – Cam Cameron became head coach in Miami and Wade Phillips became head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

    Even as the football-watching world focuses on the “dysfunctional” aspect of the Chargers' front office, a candidate will likely be more interested in the positives the job will offer.

    The Chargers have at least 18 starters, including all of their league-high 10 Pro Bowlers, returning for 2007. Beyond that, 19 of their core players are signed through at least 2009 and 17 of those are 27 or younger.

    “This is one of those rare situations where the quality of the roster is already there,” said one agent who advises both coaches and players. “You can't rule out anybody in a situation like this. You can't rule out Pete Carroll. You can't rule out Bill Parcells.”

    Carroll, the USC head coach, is an intriguing possibility who evidently has not been contacted.

    “I have nothing for you,” Carroll said through a spokesman. “I'm not talking about it.”

    Carroll, who coached the New York Jets and New England Patriots during the 1990s, has said in the past he would want control of personnel decisions if he were to return to the NFL. That control is not going to happen in San Diego with Smith as general manager.

    By the eclectic group of candidates assembled so far, it is not clear what Smith is looking for. But he is committed to continuity. That is why he supported Spanos' decision to retain Schottenheimer immediately after the season.

    Smith knows it is important to players to maintain a sense of normalcy, as in keeping the offensive and defensive systems as close as possible to what they were.

    He also knows what is at stake in his first head coaching hire, as the team he has built is set up so well for the next few years but is not going to be so forever.

    “The disappointing thing for me is we've come a long way very quickly with what we think is a very good football team, a playoff football team,” Smith said last week. “ . . . I look at the last three years, and you're only allowed so many windows of opportunity to achieve your goals.

    “In a three-year window we have had two playoff appearances and haven't done anything with them, and I'm not happy about it.”

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  2. Johnny Lightning

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    This is good news:

    Team President Dean Spanos and Smith already have decided they will not allow assistants to leave now but instead will leave it up to the new head coach whom he wants to retain. All the assistants are under contract through next season.

    Smith knows it is important to players to maintain a sense of normalcy, as in keeping the offensive and defensive systems as close as possible to what they were.

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