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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 14, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:08 pm

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

Just a big shout-out to The Bison for his really interesting and thought-provoking analysis a few posts back. While I usually understand the scoring system for posts , I'm mystified as to why he scores just 61 !! It's one of the most insightful comments I've read anywhere on SD's coaching travails. BTW I am not a henchman of said Bison nor is he paying me a gratuity :)

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:32 pm

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

I have to agree with you. Makes me laugh how everyone wants Smith out. Who are they going to replace him with? Its a big chance they would be taking. Especially when you consider Sandiego a small market team.

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:30 pm

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

The Chargers will go nowhere until they move on from Norvell Turner and AJ Smith.
If I were the Spanos family I would find out what it would take to get Bill Cowher to take over as HC even making him team President but still hiring a GM to make sure all the office stuff will get done.
Having a tough, disciplinarian coach like Cowher who unlike Coughlin is beloved by his players and shows that you CAN be tough but not overbearing and win with todays players.
You have Mike Tolbert but get a tough runner - "Hello Trent Richardson!" that can be an every down back with Tolbert as a hammer as well.
Make the running game a priority and it will open up the passing game for Rivers and you can air it out like Sid Gillman used to back in the old AFL days.
If you offer Cowher the opportunity to as Bill Parcells so famously said: "Shop for the groceries and cook the dinner" but also have a strong front office staff to go with it, add in the pieces they already have and you can do it in one of the most beautiful cities in the US? Are you kidding me? HOW could Cowher turn that down? The answer is he COULDN'T!
That would give you the strong coaching presence to go with the players you have, build on that and you're in the SB within 2 years.
Call me crazy but I think it would happen, what I don't see happening is the Chargers doing much of ANYTHING as long as Norv Turner is HC.
Some guys are better coordinators  than they are head coahes, nothing personal against Turner it's just a fact of the NFL we see it all the time and right now he is the living embodyment of that premise.
He's had a couple of shots as a Head Coach and hasn't shown anything on that front but as a coordinator you have guys like Troy Aikman saying in his HOF speech that he wouldn't have become "Troy Aikman, HOF QB for the Cowboys" were it not for Norv Turner being his offensive coordinator.
Keep in mind what his position was with the Cowboys and his lack of success as a head coach and I think it's pretty clear where he belongs, where he's better suited for and I think it's clear the Chargers need a new direction coaching & GM wise and I think they should make an all out effort to land Bill Cowher it will bring them back to being a legitimate contender. 

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:01 pm

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

The Chargers are stupid in keeping Norv and Smith; they're not going anywhere until those two are shown the door.

That said, Manusky's not really a keeper, either.  Based on how the 49ers defense played this year, he'd been holding them back.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:41 pm

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

BTW... does anyone remember who the Bears got for the Weddle trade?  Are those guys even in the league any more?  Lets also not forget that Belichick chose Brandon Merriweather instead of Weddle that same draft... even a "genius" makes a mistake now and then.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:29 pm

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

Now AJ needs to get out his crystal ball and foresee which 1st round picks will be on IR year after year (English and Davis).  But don't forget that AJ also brought in Jared Gather and Antwan Barnes after several teams gave up on these guys....

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:25 pm

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

Norv and A.J. Smith are the problem, this is just a smokescreen.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:25 pm

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

Norv the problem...?  Didn't his gameplan shred the Ravens' defense?

The problem was injuries to the o-line and WR's... that, and a defense that didn't use their players to their strengths.   Shawn Phillips had only 3.5 sacks this last year.  The corners were playing 15 yards off the line of scrimmage.  3rd down stops were non-existent.

Chargers made the right decisions on all accounts.  Kept Norv and AJ.  Got rid of Manusky.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:14 pm

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

Anotehr year, another scapegoat.  When are these dummies going to figure out that Norv is the problem here...

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:55 pm

Chargers fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky

Charger fans, do flips, better yet climb mountains and do DOUBLE BACK FLIPS.. This is the greatest day of your lives. Coming from a knowledgeable 49er fan who watched Greg "Prevent' Manuski kill us for years... U now have a chance for success, that bum is gone... Go after Spagnulo from STL, he is great at D. Don't let Phi get him... Manuski LOL, what a joke, this is the greatest day in my life, jk but he is AWFUL AWFUL Haha. DCoordinator, what a joke your G.M. Smith is for hiring this guy. You hire a guy with a good track record, not a terrible one HAHA!!!!!

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