During Sunday’s edition of Football Night in America, Peter King reported that former 49ers and Lions coach Steve Mariucci is interested in coaching the Chargers, if the Chargers are interested in Mariucci coaching the Chargers.
So King supplied it, and Mariucci has denied it. Sort of.
“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 during an appearance 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.”
Note that Mariucci never says that he’s not interested in the job.
So, frankly, it’s nonsense to suggest that King is anything other than right on the money. He wouldn’t pull such an outside-the-box possibility out of thin air if there wasn’t something to it.
From Mariucci’s perspective, he’s saying what he has to say. It’s bad form for coaches to sniff around jobs that already are filled.
Still, I’ve been around King long enough on Sundays to know how he works and how he gets what he gets. He’s got no reason to embellish or exaggerate or fabricate.
None of it means that Mariucci will be hired by the Chargers. After all, he’s been out of the business longer than even Bill Cowher. And Mooch, while a very good coach, a great guy, and a fine analyst, hasn’t been on the “A” list since former Lions CEO Matt Millen fired Marty Mornhinweg and made a Rooney Rule-breaking beeline for Mooch.
Still, there’s no way King would say Mariucci is interested in the job if King didn’t have clear and credible reasons for believing that Mariucci is interested, regardless of whether Mariucci is willing to talk about the job while someone else still has it.