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Rivera won’t interview until Chargers’ season ends

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After the Chargers shut down the Colts and quarterback Peyton Manning, we said that any AFC South team looking for a coach should hire San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, instructing him to do twice per year to Manning what he did to him this season.

If a team like the Texans or the Titans is interested in that possibility, it’ll have to wait until the Chargers have finished with their postseason, if the Chargers have one.

“I have to think about the task at hand,” Rivera said Wednesday, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.  “We have to do the things we have to do.  After the playoffs, if it happens, great.  If not, I have a great situation here.”

Rivera has interviewed for eight head-coaching jobs.  He was regarded as a prime candidate in 2006, when he served as defensive coordinator for a Bears team that made it to the Super Bowl.  But no offers came and Rivera’s contract surprisingly wasn’t renewed by the Bears.

If the Chargers don’t make the playoffs, we don’t rule out Rivera becoming a candidate to become the next coach of the Chargers, if head coach Norv Turner takes the fall for the team’s inability to dig out of its latest early-season hole.

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23 Responses to “Rivera won’t interview until Chargers’ season ends”
  1. stevincinci says: Dec 15, 2010 11:32 PM

    Cincinnati would be a good destination after Marvin leaves this year. Unless they stay in house and promote Zimmer. That would not be a bad thing, as long as he can hire his own O.C and D.C. Bratkowski has to go. 8 years and two head coaches is long enough.

  2. freedomispopular says: Dec 15, 2010 11:39 PM

    Don’t worry, Ron. You shouldn’t have to wait too long.

  3. sdchargers25 says: Dec 15, 2010 11:41 PM

    Norv Turner will never get fired. The Lord of No Rings loves having the power and Turner is perfect as his little puppy.

  4. warriorking1112 says: Dec 16, 2010 12:00 AM

    he is a class act and will make a good hc one day! Would love to see the redskins fire that bum haslett and hire a REAL 3-4 DC LIKE DICK LEBEAU OR RIVERA

  5. FinFan68 says: Dec 16, 2010 12:21 AM

    Isn’t it a rule that no team can interview an active coach/coordinator until after the season?

  6. dirksimmons says: Dec 16, 2010 12:22 AM

    “But no offers came and Rivera’s contract surprisingly wasn’t renewed by the Bears.”

    You’re joking, right? Does anyone outside of Chicago realize how much of a head case Lovie Smith is? He got rid of NINE coaches/assistants after the Bears’ Super Bowl in 2006. In case you’re wondering, that’s a record for a team that appeared in a Super Bowl just the previous year. Rivera was getting all the credit in the Chicago Press. What does Lovie do? Essentially fires him and hires his good friend Bob Babich. Babich is a waste of space and after two years of ruining a once-elite defense, he’s demoted to Linebackers Coach. Lovie takes over the defense and does just as bad. Hmm…What does he do next? Promotes Marinelli from the inside to take over as DC. Let’s get this straight…Lovie is not good enough to be your DC, but is good enough to remain your Head Coach? Huh!?
    Prior to the Super Bowl, Lovie was working on his original contract, making (and justly so) the league minimum. In his original contract, our under-appreciated GM Jerry Angelo picked all his assistants. When our President Ted President made up Lovie’s original contract, does he include a team option on the end of it? No, that would be too easy. So, after the Super Bowl, Lovie has all the bargaining power. He owns the board room and gets a fat contract. He was paid more than Bill Belichick until just last year. Everyone blames the offense for our woes these last few years, but the Bears have always had great defenses and ball-control offenses. Even in 2006, we had a staggering special teams unit, but a ball-control offense.
    To be fair, Lovie has excelled as long as he has had good assistants around him. This year, you bring in Mike Tice, who has done a phenomenal job with an O-Line that couldn’t hold off a high school defensive line. Marinelli does well when you let him blitz.
    I won’t even need to bring up the irony in how in 2003, Lovie was the DC and Martz was the HC in St. Louis, and how the Bears are a mirror reflection of that now.
    My prediction: If the Bears tank down the stretch and somehow don’t make the playoffs, Lovie is gone and the Bears will be knocking on Rivera’s door. They’d love to have a face from the ’85 team on the sideline. Also a face they could pay the minimum to as a first-year HC.

  7. benh999 says: Dec 16, 2010 1:08 AM

    Yeah, he did such a great job of shutting down Manning when he was with the Bears…

  8. xtb3 says: Dec 16, 2010 1:09 AM

    If they do win tomorrow he CAN’T be interviewed as the Chargers are going to the AFC Championship game at the very least.

  9. kissbillsrings says: Dec 16, 2010 1:36 AM

    Guess he’ll be able to start interviewing bright & early this Friday after they lose to the 49ers…

  10. borisbulldog says: Dec 16, 2010 2:07 AM

    Umm, what happens when Rivera plays the other 14 games against teams not QB’d by Manning?

    Sorry Mike, If I’m an owner, Rivera’s 22nd ranked D won’t make me rush to open my check book!

    http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?season=2010&seasonType=REG&defensiveStatisticCategory=GAME_STATS&d-447263-o=2&conference=ALL&tabSeq=2&role=OPP&d-447263-p=1&d-447263-s=TOTAL_POINTS_GAME_AVG&d-447263-n=1

  11. piratefreedom says: Dec 16, 2010 3:06 AM

    Players not plays.
    Game plans and plays go on film and are available for copying as they happen.

    Tony Dungy didn’t bring Brooks, Sapp et al with him from TB but he did get Manning in Indy.

    All of a sudden his defense sucked and his offense was great.

  12. hewittdavidj says: Dec 16, 2010 3:24 AM

    borisbulldog says:
    Dec 16, 2010 2:07 AM
    Umm, what happens when Rivera plays the other 14 games against teams not QB’d by Manning?

    Sorry Mike, If I’m an owner, Rivera’s 22nd ranked D won’t make me rush to open my check book!
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    Hey boris,

    It is always a good idea to know your stats before posting. Rivera’s SD DEF is currently ranked #1 in yardage, #1 in pass yardage, #4 in run yardage, and #11 in points allowed. I’m not sure where you get 22nd out of that. The SD DEF may not be as good as the stats indicate, but it is a pretty good DEF and Rivera deserves a lot of the credit. Watch a little football, fool.

  13. ia517 says: Dec 16, 2010 3:37 AM

    @boris
    Are you an idiot?
    Rivera’s defense ranks #1 in total defense this year, #1 in passing yards allowed, #4 in rushing yards allowed, 2nd in sacks (1 behind the giants/steelers), #1 in yards per attempt, 2nd in 3rd down defense, and are 10TH in ppg, not 22nd!

    If a team is looking for a defensive head coach, there isnt a better option out there. Hes lead a #1 ranked 3-4 defense (this years chargers), a #1 4-3 defense (bears). He also is a true leader, and is just an all around great football coach.

  14. dannymac17 says: Dec 16, 2010 4:01 AM

    @borisbulldog

    look “Boris” if you dont even know how to read a stat sheet, then why bother replying. That would make them #10 not #22 you imbecile. Feel better about that luck?

  15. luckynumberlucas says: Dec 16, 2010 6:38 AM

    @borisbulldog

    Say you are kidding, please say so…

    You can’t even read a statistic properly, but you are commenting on here, what a shame…

    The Chargers are 11th in PPG allowed, first in YPG allowed, first in YPP allowed and second in First Downs allowed per game.

    Furthermore, they have the very best pass defense (overall yards, TDs allowed and YPP allowed) in the league and the 4th best run defense.

    Check your facts, dude…

  16. 4dabears says: Dec 16, 2010 7:11 AM

    Well said ‘dirksimmons’. Unfortunately I don’t see the Bears not winning the division. Thus it’s likely we are stuck with this bum of a coach even longer thanks to the McCaskey’s cheap ways.

  17. phillyman2k9 says: Dec 16, 2010 7:44 AM

    Overrated !!!

  18. bwisnasky says: Dec 16, 2010 8:28 AM

    Dec 16, 2010 2:07 AM
    Umm, what happens when Rivera plays the other 14 games against teams not QB’d by Manning?

    Sorry Mike, If I’m an owner, Rivera’s 22nd ranked D won’t make me rush to open my check book!

    ——————————————

    Um.. you may want to re-evaluate your stats stat boy… and make it so your list is going the other way.. if you are going to use points as your sort criteria… AS you have them ranked from worst to first in points allowed per game. The Chargers are allowing 19.5 points per game.. which is good enough for 10th… You should have known when you were looking at defensive stats and the BRONCOS were number one, that there had to be something wrong with what you were looking at.

  19. tdl8 says: Dec 16, 2010 9:07 AM

    xtb3 says:
    Dec 16, 2010 1:09 AM
    If they do win tomorrow he CAN’T be interviewed as the Chargers are going to the AFC Championship game at the very least.

    ————————————————–
    I don’t know where you are coming up with your info but if SD wins tonight they still won’t even be in the playoffs! The Jets and Ravens have the wildcards right now and are 2 games ahead of SD! Realistically the only way SD will make the playoffs is if they win the division! To do that they will have to win their last 3 games and then still need KC to lose at least 1 game!
    As for the AFC Championship game if they do make the playoffs… Don’t hold your breath! Norv will find some way to screw up in the Wildcard round like he normally does!

  20. aberystwyth2 says: Dec 16, 2010 9:23 AM

    Will he be this year’s “token” Rooney rule interview; the way Leslie Frazier has been for the past x amount of years?

  21. dannymac17 says: Dec 16, 2010 2:21 PM

    I think Boris just smacked himself

  22. natelan says: Dec 16, 2010 6:12 PM

    warriorking1112 says:Dec 16, 2010 12:00 AM he is a class act and will make a good hc one day! Would love to see the redskins fire that bum haslett and hire a REAL 3-4 DC LIKE DICK LEBEAU OR RIVERA
    **************************
    FYI, Rivera is a 4-3 coach, not a 3-4 coach, sorry to burst your bubble.

    Yes, he is the defensive coordinator of the Chargers, which has a 3-4 base defense, but he is native to the 4-3 scheme, dating back at least as far as his days as a Bears linebacker.

    In fact, Wade Phillips, who was my Chargers defensive coordinator before moving on to Dallas, and who put our defense together a few years ago, recently instructed Rivera how to operate the Chargers 3-4 defense, explaining the nuances between the two schemes and how to maximize its potential.

    That being said, Wade Phillips recently lost his head coaching job, and Rivera should take serious note. when Wade left, my Chargers were poised to become potential Super Bowl winners. When he left, our defense began to shutter at inopportune moments. Both the Chargers, and Wade Phillips, would have benefited by EXecutive staying in San Diego, and that might be true for Rivera as well.

    Wade Phillips would probably be our head coach today if he hadn’t left, and I suspect Rivera could potentially be given a chance to run this turnkey operation in the near future if he sticks around. And who knows, maybe he gets a ring in the process…?

  23. natelan says: Dec 16, 2010 6:15 PM

    My stupid phone made typo’s…

    -shutter +stutter… -EXecutive +him.

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