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Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:14 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 6:00 pm
 
Greg Manusky was fired by Norv Turner (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

UPDATE: 5:58 p.m. ET - Several outlets are reporting that longtime Chargers defensive assistant John Pagano has been hired as the team's new defensive coordinator.

The Chargers will look for their second defensive coordinator since Jan. 2011. That’s because, as the San Diego Union Tribune reports, San Diego has fired Greg Manusky.

“I’d like to thank Greg for the passion and enthusiasm he brought to our team and coaching staff this past season,” Turner in a statement released by the team.

Only a season ago, after Ron Rivera left for the Panthers head coaching job (a job in which Manusky actually was one of four finalists), the Chargers hired Manusky to replace him. Before that, Manusky had been the 49ers defensive coordinator, but when Jim Harbaugh was hired, he made it clear Manusky wouldn’t stay in San Francisco.

When it became clear that Norv Turner and San Diego general manager A.J. Smith would be retained by owner Dean Spanos, some kind of change still needed to be made. Manusky -- whose unit finished 16th in the league  in yards allowed -- just became that fall guy.

Of course, this move IS rather interesting, considering this is what Turner said about Manusky THREE days ago.

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"I would not characterize the hiring of Greg Manusky as a mistake," Turner said, via the North County Times. "He has done a good job for us. Losing so many guys and playing so many young players is difficult.

"Defensively, it's all about having impact players. If you don't have players that can [beat] a guy one-on-one and make a big play, you're not going to get the number of stops you need to get. It's been a hard year for all of us and a tough year for Greg, but I thought he did a good job."

So, if it’s not Manusky’s fault, as Turner flat-out says, but instead, the fault of whomever is in charge of player personnel, it sounds like Manusky got a raw deal. Especially since the general manager in charge of player personnel still has a job.

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Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 3:59 pm
 

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

Aside from Denver and Oakland (Oakland being the game where Rivers couldn't get the ball out of his hand because the injuries to o-line allowed the Raider defenders to go unblocked), the Chargers scored at least 21 points in al their losses. The defense gave up totals of 35, 27, 23, 45, 31, and 38 in those other 6 games. Not to say that the offense was clicking on all cylinders every game this year but the defense heavily under achieved after being ranked number 1 last year. Manusky promised an agressive attack and he gave the Chargers a 3 to 4 man pass rush with weak zones. It was ineffective and he was correctly fired. 



Since: May 6, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:48 pm
 

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

This sounds like the Titanic resuffling the deck chairs. The idiot head coacjh and GM are still there. Next year when the team under achieves again, who will they blame? The Titanic is already 2/3 under water. After next year, the whole ship will sink and hopefully take Turner and Smith with them. With some like maybe Spano will sell the team. Please do not move to Los Angeles. We need winners.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:49 am
 

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

News flash! The Bolts problems had more to do with an ineffective offense over a defense that was probably on the field twice as much as its offense.  But it probably didn't help the guy when he couldn't get the most of out of the least that he did have on that side of the ball.
 



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:46 am
 

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

Good Riddance Greg Munusky, you said the defense will be more aggressive and pin our ears back and attack the football...instead, we saw a prevent D, that never created turnovers & rarely got pressure.

I find it hard to believe that the Defense got so terrible in 1 offseason, that returned almost all starters.


As for Pangano, this has been 10 years in the making, I remember when we brough in Rivera, many felt like you should've taken the reigns, but you watied patiently, now that Greg is out, I have confidence in you...good luck!!!



LoveTallMan
Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 7:53 am
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Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 7:25 am
 

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

Fall guy, scapegoat, excuse, etc...If you decide to keep Norv, someone else has to go. That's the way it works in the NFL.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:35 am
 

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

Wow!  Anyone (besides me) think that the 0-6 slide had more to do with McNiel, Dielman, Gates, and Floyd all being hurt and out during that exact same time period....?  Geniuses, all of you!  Yeah sure... maybe it was that timeout that Norv called..... or didn't call....



Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:29 am
 

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

gambitto, you've hit it right on the head. Ultimately, this team is a reflection of the Spanos family's poor decision making. They are not football people and need to concede that they have failed as owners. Though I know they won't do San Diego the favor of selling the team and getting out of the business, I pray that they don't get away with duping the citizens of San Diego into paying for a new stadium. Go ahead and take the team to LA. That won't improve the ownership. Don't let the door hit you in the a**.



Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:23 am
 

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

This organization is falling apart.  They have great players but they never live up to their expectations.

I begin to wonder what plans the front office really has for this team.

I suspect an opportunity to eventually move the franchise.  It is in no way sensical, but such a talented team failing year after year makes no sense to at all.   


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Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:07 am
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