The San Diego Chargers will meet today with San Francisco’s Greg Manusky about the the defensive coordinator position. Manusky held the same position for the 49ers for 4 years and was previously the San Diego Chargers linebackers coach.
Manusky is familiar with the Chargers organization and some of the players. Manusky was the linebackers coach under DC Wade Phillips in San Diego and Manusky runs the same aggressive style 3-4 defense. He was part of the 14-2 Chargers before landing in San Francisco as the defensive coordinator. Shaun Phillips and Stephen Cooper are the remaining linebackers from Manusky’s final season as the linebackers coach in San Diego.
Once a tough, hard-nosed NFL linebacker, Greg Manusky (muh-NUH-ski) has since translated those qualities into a successful 10-year professional coaching career. Manusky brings that mentality to the 49ers defense as he enters his fourth season as defensive coordinator in San Francisco.
Under Manusky’s guidance, the 49ers defense has significantly improved in each of the past three seasons. In five games in 2009, Manusky’s unit did not allow a single touchdown, marking a franchise record and ranking t-1st in the NFL (NY Jets). San Francisco’s defense went on to rank among the top 5 NFL teams in several statistical categories, including forced fumbles (21, t-1st), sacks (44, t-3rd), rushing yards allowed per attempt (3.6 avg., 3rd), opponent red zone scoring (40.4 pct., 3rd), points allowed (17.6 ppg., 4th) and takeaways (33, t-5th). The 44 sacks, 281 points allowed and 1,552 rushing yards allowed marked the best totals by the team since 1997. In addition, the 49ers ranked 6th in the NFL in yards allowed per play (4.97), run defense (97.0 ypg.) and first downs allowed per game (17.4). – (49ers.com)