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Chargers hire special teams coach, start looking for defensive coordinator

R. Bissacia

With Ron Rivera in Carolina, the Chargers need a new leader for their “No. 1 ranked” defense that was completely dominated by the Raiders and Bengals in December.

The team announced they were likely to interview two in house candidates:  secondary coach Steve Wilks and linebackers coach John Pagano.  49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has been mentioned as another possible candidate.  (Manusky interviewed with the Cardinals on Tuesday.)

San Diego also announced they hired Rich Bisaccia as special teams coordinator.  Bisaccia worked for the Bucs from 2002-2010 and chose San Diego over Tampa.  (This could be where the Bucs’ low-coast coaching staff hurts them.)

It remains to be seen if the Chargers are more coaching defections.  The team couldn’t say enough nice things about Rivera, but they are now potential competitors with him.

It’s believed Rivera would like to bring Chargers tight end coach Rob Chudzinski to Carolina as offensive coordinator.

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11 Responses to “Chargers hire special teams coach, start looking for defensive coordinator”
  1. jagerbolt says: Jan 11, 2011 6:09 PM

    Seems like a good hire for the bolts? Help me out here Bucs fans, how have the special teams been lately?

    No idea who I would like to see as the DC hire. Hopefully someone with a lot of the experience with the 3-4.

  2. brasho says: Jan 11, 2011 6:13 PM

    Low-coast coaching staff?

    If anybody other than Raheem and Olson was responsible for the Bucs turnaround, it was Olson, he might be the best special teams coach in the NFL. He is downright awesome. Even when the Bucs have struggled, their special teams have been among the league’s best.

    This move really helps the Chargers and makes them a lot stronger going into next season… as a Bucs fan, this hurts A LOT!

  3. toad8572 says: Jan 11, 2011 6:52 PM

    Ron gone; Hoke gone. It’s a sad day in SD.

  4. help me says: Jan 11, 2011 7:07 PM

    Thanks for the info, brasho.

  5. ballotpull says: Jan 11, 2011 7:28 PM

    finally someone admits they were dominated and not oh they didnt have a good game…

  6. displacedbucsfan says: Jan 11, 2011 8:09 PM

    @jagerbolt – Dude, Bisaccia is AWESOME. I am pretty upset about this. The Bucs’ special teams have been consistently good under Bisaccia. The Bucs had never returned a kickoff in their history until 2007. They’ve returned a few since then with multiple guys. He made Clifton Smith (is he even still in the league) a Pro Bowl kick returner 2 years ago. And except for allowing a back-breaking, playoff-crushing kick return by Eric Weems of the Falcons this year, the Bucs coverage teams are always solid.

    Gooooood hire. Bisaccia is head-coaching material. Read this:
    http://www.joebucsfan.com/?p=42973

  7. delintzman says: Jan 11, 2011 10:49 PM

    brasho…. Olson is not the special teams coach. I think he is maybe the offensive coordinator, Bisaccia was the special teams coach.

  8. freedomispopular says: Jan 11, 2011 11:02 PM

    They should hire a new coach while they’re at it. Norv’s an offensive genius, but as long as he’s heading things up they’ll continue to underperfom.

  9. dolphins4 says: Jan 12, 2011 12:01 AM

    I hope the Dolphins sign Chudzinski as offensive coordinator.

  10. armchairgm9 says: Jan 12, 2011 8:15 AM

    I think the best compliment you can give a coach is that he is Head Coach material. And Bisaccia is just that. Seems like the Bucs are also trying to go young on the coaching staff as well.

    Bisaccia says, “The best thing you can do is outwork everyone else.”

  11. chace1986 says: Jan 12, 2011 9:17 AM

    This hurts. Other than Josh freeman…the special teams was the one constant this season for the Bucs. There were several big kick returns by Spurlock down the stretch that help the Bucs finish 10-6…and the thing is Spurlock isnt even that fast of a return man..it was 1005 set up by a great blocking scheme. All year I can only think of one bad play on special teams where 3 to 4 Bucs had a chance to tackle Eric Weems and didnt in the Atlanta game. Bisaccia is a big loss for the Bucs and a Big gain for the Chargers. Good luck out West next year Chargers.

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