The Chargers won’t be going after any big names at defensive coordinator.
The team announced Thursday that linebackers coach John Pagano was promoted to defensive coordinator. He’s been with the organization for a decade.
Pagano called the promotion “bittersweet” because he considers deposed defensive coordinator Greg Manusky a “mentor” in the business.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune indicated that the Chargers regret not simply promoting Pagano last year instead of hiring Manusky. Of course, the men responsible for passing on Pagano last year haven’t been held accountable.
Perhaps the most important trait a head coach can have is his ability to self-scout and hire the right staff. Norv Turner hired Ted Cottrell as his first defensive coordinator, and then fired him after a year.
Turner picked Manusky to lead the defense last year despite having Pagano on the staff for years, and now essentially has admitted he made a mistake.
Perhaps Pagano, 44, will prove to be a great hire. His brother Chuck has done a great job in Baltimore
But if John Pagano succeeds, it will just show the Chargers didn’t know what they were doing a year ago, wasting another season of Philip Rivers’ prime with poor decision making.