The San Diego Chargers Coaching Rumors
By Ernie Padaon
December 23, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and Indianapolis Colts acting head coach Bruce Arians leave the field after the game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Colts won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY SportsNames are floating all over the place for who will take over the post as the new San Diego Chargers Head Coach. Here is a roundup of the names that we have heard in the last week:
Steve Mariucci: There was a report that was released that said Mariucci was interested in talking to the Chargers about the position. He then responded with this:
“I would never comment on a coaching job where there’s a coach in place, and the coach down there in San Diego happened to be a very good friend of mine, Norv Turner,” Mariucci said on NFL Network. “There’s no way I would ever discuss this right now, I don’t know where it comes from. Let’s just stop the nonsense, OK? Please.”
I guess we will talk to him about the position on Monday.
Jim Mora Jr.: Mora was in town because of the Holiday Bowl and reporters asked him about the position during one of the pressers. He responded with:
“I’m not going to talk about the Chargers. The Chargers have a head coach who’s a very good friend of mine. I’m not going to disrespect him by by saying anything about that job.”
I guess we will talk to him on Monday also.
Josh McDaniels: Albert Breer posted on NFL.com and in his twitter that the Chargers could be interested in the Patriots OC. Will the Chargers wait for the Patriots to get ousted out of the playoffs before they even speak to him though. That could be a long wait.
Bruce Arians: Lots of analysts are pointing toward Arians as the next head coach. There was a report from Fox Sports yesterday a listing Arians best fit would be with the Bolts.
Jason LaCanfora reported this last week:
Interim head coach Bruce Arians has received universal acclaim for his incredible work in getting the young Colts to the cusp of the playoffs, all while Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano has been away from the team amid his brave fight with leukemia. The team wants nothing more than to retain Arians as its offensive coordinator, where he has worked so well with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, but the organization knows Arians is likely to have more attractive options to explore.
League sources expect Arians to get strong consideration for the expected head coaching vacancy in San Diego, where Norv Turner is virtually assured of being let go at season’s end. Arians has a strong relationship with Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano, Chuck’s brother, and San Diego’s brass might be inclined to keep Pagano and other members of the staff as it has been impressed with how the Chargers’ defense and special teams have performed. Getting quarterback Philip Rivers and the offense back on track is the main chore, and Arians has a history of working well with quarterbacks, including Luck, Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning.
Those are the candidates that have been listed in the last couple of weeks. Once Monday comes around, we will get a clearer pic of what is happening. I will be rooting for Bruce Arians the whole way through.