November 19, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith and San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh shake hands after the 49ers defeated the Bears 32-7 at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Lovie Smith In San Diego To Interview For Head Coaching Vacancy


Former Chicago Bears’ head coach Lovie Smith has arrived in San Diego and will interview with Tom Telesco for the head coaching vacancy with the Chargers today. Smith was fired at the end of the season after leading the Bears to a 10 win season, but failing to make it to the playoffs.

Smith has led some tough defenses with the Bears, but could be asked to convert his cover-2 defense to the 3-4 defense that we like to run. Or Smith can look at the roster and feel that we have the pieces to run his style. If he does decide to convert, John Pagano would be kept on to help him through the transition. Telesco is used to that cover-2 defense while he was with the Colts.

The biggest question with Lovie would be his ability to help Philip Rivers and the offense. He never had a standout offense in Chicago. He stuck by the side of Rex Grossman at QB and even went to the Super Bowl with him, but his offense has always been the struggling point. Even when given a quarterback like Jay Cutler, who has all the talent, couldn’t get that team going in the right direction. Jay is as dumb as a box though.

Who could Lovie bring in to be the offensive coordinator of the team? There has been talk that he could bring his friend Hue Jackson over from Cincinnati to be the OC. Another head coaching candidate, Mike Zimmer, also may want to bring in Jackson.

Lovie has a career 81-63 record. He knows how to win. He hasn’t win the big game yet, but he has an impressive track record.

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  • tubbs45

    Ummm wait I think I’ve heard this story before, retread coach that couldn’t win in the playoffs… Lovie Schottenheimer, I mean Marty Schottenheimer… If we hire his ass, get ready for the charger PR ‘nice guy’ stories to remove Norv’s name and insert Lovies. This move would not build a stadium or win a super bowl. Hell at least Norv was an offensive genius..