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The Chargers announced Friday that John Pagano will remain defensive coordinator under new coach Mike McCoy.
The move comes as no surprise. In his first year as defensive coordinator, Pagano's unit allowed nearly two points less per game than it did in 2011 and went from the 22nd-ranked defense to 16th in 2012. Pagano's defense also did a much better job rushing the passer and limited the big plays that were prevalent under former coordinator Greg Manusky the year before. Fri, Jan 18, 2013 04:50:00 PM

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New Chargers coach Mike McCoy reportedly wants to keep holdover John Pagano on board as defensive coordinator.

Pagano is under contract for one more year after improving the Bolts' defense from 22nd in 2011 to 16th in 2012. Pagano's unit surrendered fewer big plays, created more turnovers, and rushed the passer more consistently than Greg Manusky's defense the year before.
Tue, Jan 15, 2013 03:04:00 PM

According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, Seahawks DC Gus Bradley interviewed for the Chargers' head-coaching vacancy Thursday night.

The Eagles will also interview the man described by Seattle coach Pete Carroll as a "brilliant football mind." Bradley joins Lovie Smith, Ken Whisenhunt, and Bruce Arians as candidates on the interview list. The Chargers are reportedly interested in 49ers OC Greg Roman and Bengals DC Mike Zimmer as well, though no interviews have been scheduled.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:28:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports ex-Bears coach Lovie Smith is interviewing with the Chargers on Friday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the Bolts' interest in Smith a week ago. The Chargers are also expected to interview Colts OC Bruce Arians and Bengals DC Mike Zimmer, with 49ers OC Greg Roman possibly in the mix after Saturday's game. Smith is also interviewing for the Eagles' head-coaching vacancy.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 09:09:00 AM

According to the Union-Tribune, the Chargers have expressed interest in Bengals DC Mike Zimmer for their head coaching vacancy.

No interview has been scheduled "yet," but things are starting to snowball for Zimmer. Shut out of the first wave of interest, he's now getting play from both the Chargers and Browns. San Diego is expected to announce their new general manager at some point Wednesday.
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 11:43:00 AM

According to the Los Angeles Times, Chargers head coaching candidate Jim Mora is "likely" to remain at UCLA.

The Chargers have "contacted" Mora, but it sounds like former Falcons and Seahawks head coach is just gaining financial leverage out of the deal. The Times says UCLA will boost the pay of his assistants and improve the team's facilities. Mora signed a five-year, $11.235 million contract with the Bruins when he took over the program before this season.
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 08:23:00 AM

Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune San Diego says that it "seems like it's down to" Jimmy Raye III and Tom Telesco for the Chargers' general manager job.

Acee adds that Cardinals VP of player personnel Steve Keim could get into the mix and is scheduled to interview on Saturday. Keim is a friend of Chargers director of college scouting John Spanos. Spanos is part of the GM search team in San Diego. Raye is the team's in-house candidate as the director of player personnel. Telesco is Indianapolis' VP of football operations. Telesco could bring along Colts OC Bruce Arians to be the head coach of the Bolts.
Sat, Jan 5, 2013 01:15:00 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego is hearing that the Chargers have interest in UCLA coach Jim Mora for their head-coaching vacancy.

Per the U-T San Diego's Kevin Acee, Mora would keep John Pagano as defensive coordinator and hire Noel Mazzone to run the Chargers' offense. Mazzone was Philip Rivers' offensive coordinator at NC State. Mora, 51, coached the Bruins in 2012 to a 9-5 record. Mora has all along wanted to return to the NFL and now appears to have emerged as a serious candidate for the Chargers. San Diego still needs to hire a general manager, though.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 11:40:00 PM

Chargers interviewed director of player personnel Jimmy Raye III for the team's vacant GM position on Tuesday.

Raye is the only in-house candidate that is known to be considered for the job. He has been with the franchise since 1996 and has gradually climbed the ladder from scout all the way up to his current position. The other known candidates for the gig are 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell, Colts VP of football operations Tom Telesco, and Cardinals VP of player personnel Steve Keim.
Wed, Jan 2, 2013 08:22:00 PM

In addition to Cardinals VP of player personnel Steve Keim, the Chargers will reportedly interview 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble and Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell for their vacant GM position.

According to CBS Sports, the Colts have also granted the Bolts permission to interview VP of football operations Tom Telesco. As expected, Bolts player personnel director Jimmy Raye III will get an interview as an in-house candidate. Widely respected around the league, Gamble and Caldwell are vying for the same position with the Jaguars and Jets as well. It comes as no surprise that former longtime GM Ron Wolf has put together an impressive list while spearheading the Chargers' search.
Tue, Jan 1, 2013 04:05:00 PM

The Chargers will reportedly interview Cardinals VP of player personnel Steve Keim for their vacant GM position this week.

Shame on the Cardinals if they let Keim get away. A former on-the-road scout, Keim is viewed as a big personality with an impressive resume as a talent evaluator. Current director of player personnel in San Diego, Jimmy Raye III, is also viewed as a top candidate for the Chargers GM job. The Bolts were denied permission to interview Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell for the position -- reportedly at Russell's own request.
Tue, Jan 1, 2013 01:44:00 PM

The Chargers have hired former longtime GM Ron Wolf to assist with their general manager search.

The former Raiders and Packers GM will work as a consultant as San Diego attempts to replace A.J. Smith. Unlike the Browns, the Bolts will likely hire a GM before tabbing a head coach, which probably takes them out of the running for someone like Chip Kelly. ESPN's Jon Gruden is still in play with San Diego.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 01:31:00 PM

Chargers promoted LBs coach John Pagano to defensive coordinator, replacing Greg Manusky.

Pagano will be Norv Turner's fourth defensive coordinator in six years. He's been with the Chargers for 10 years, including the last six as LBs coach. Pagano has a strong resume, helping to develop Shawne Merriman, Shaun Phillips, Donald Butler, and even special teamer turned pass rusher Antwan Barnes. Pagano is not expected to make drastic scheme alterations.
Thu, Jan 5, 2012 06:00:00 PM

Per the San Diego Union-Tribune, the "early favorite" to replace Greg Manusky as defensive coordinator is Chargers LBs coach John Pagano.

Pagano was rumored to be on UCLA's radar in the Bruins' defensive coordinator search. Pagano's older brother, Chuck, is the defensive coordinator of the Ravens. John has spent the past decade on the Chargers' coaching staff.
Thu, Jan 5, 2012 01:11:00 PM

Chargers fired defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.

He lasted one year after coming over from San Francisco. Firing Manusky may have been among the terms set forth by owner Dean Spanos when he retained GM A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner. While Manusky's defense finished 16th in the NFL rankings and a respectable-looking 13th versus the pass, it got pushed around all year up front and collapsed badly down the stretch. In the second half of the season, the Chargers' offense played from behind early and often. Manusky should still land on his feet, possibly as a linebackers coach. He was among the finalists for the Panthers' head-coaching job in 2011.
Thu, Jan 5, 2012 12:56:00 PM

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