The San Diego Chargers will bring back Greg Manusky for a second interview this morning to talk about the defensive coordinator position. He was interviewed yesterday and spoke with Coach Norv Turner and GM AJ Smith. He is likely to be named the Chargers new Defensive Coordinator.
Manusky will inherit the league’s number 1 ranked offense and will have high expectations coming into the 2011 season. Starting defensive players Eric Weddle, Stephen Cooper, Kevin Burnett, and Jacques Cesaire will all be free agents at the close of the season and hopefully the Chargers will be able to bring most of them back.
When Manusky comes over, I wonder if he could convince his linebacker Takeo Spikes from the 49ers to head south with him. We will probably only be able to sign one of our middle linebackers and Spikes would be a great pickup for the middle of the defense. Spikes is a tackling machine and he would be able to have huge defensive tackle Antonio Garay taking up blockers and allowing him to make the tackles.
Spikes has spent 3 seasons working with Manusky and becomes a free agent at the end of the season. He is 34 years old and may be looking to join a team that has a good opportunity for a championship.