John Pagano will remain with Chargers


The Chargers’ new head coach Mike McCoy has settled on his defensive coordinator.

It’s the same guy who ran things on that side of the ball for Norv Turner. The Chargers announced Friday that John Pagano will stay with the team for the 2013 season. Pagano reportedly generated some interest from Cleveland, but won’t be joining Turner and head coach Rob Chudzinski in Cleveland.

“I want to thank the Spanos family, Coach McCoy and the entire organization for believing in me,” Pagano said in a statement from the team. “These are very exciting times for the Chargers and I look forward to keep building our defense to where we want it to be.”

San Diego finished the 2012 season ranked ninth overall in total defense, up from 16th in his first season as coordinator in 2011. Pagano has been with the Chargers since 2002, which makes him the longest-tenured member of the coaching staff.

The Chargers also announced that defensive line coach Don Johnson, linebackers coach Joe Barry and assistant linebackers coach Greg Williams will remain with the team as well.

13 responses to “John Pagano will remain with Chargers

  1. Sorting out coaches in the NFL is becoming a bit like sorting out the pictures at the family reunions.

    “So is he the oldest of the brothers or second oldest?”.

    “Oh I though Jack was Billy’s dad, but you say he is Ted’s dad? So would that make him a second cousin to Bud?”.

    “My Gosh, I can never tell those two apart..”.

  2. This was Pagano’s first season as DC, not his second. Greg Manusky was the DC in 2011. Great news! The defense was definitely the strong point of the team last season.

  3. 4th and 29…………..4th and 29……….ask the broncos where their db coach is. I like Pagano but he should’ve been fired just as the broncos db coach was fired, you make that big of a blunder you do not deserve a second chance

  4. Correction: This was Pagano’s first year as DC. Manusky was DC in 2011.

    The Chargers are finally making good decisions. Pagano’s defense was one of the only bright spots this season.

  5. I thought he did a great job with what he had in the secondary. Jammer is getting long in the tooth and needs to step aside. He was Mr Easy Target last year.

  6. Good enough to beat the Raiders of course (what isn’t) and maybe the new Chiefs, but as long as Manning is in Denver the Bolts will come in a consistent 2nd. We generally do well from the wildcard spot though, so it’s not all bad. Manning can be beat in the post season.

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