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Nov 14, 2012 9:05pm
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SAN DIEGO —The San Diego Chargers fired defensive co-ordinator Greg Manusky on
Thursday after just one year on the job and replaced him a few hours later with
linebackers coach John Pagano. Anquan Boldin Womens Jersey . The shake-up
came four days after the Chargers finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs for the
second straight year, and two days after coach Norv Turner and general manager
A.J. Smith were notified by team President Dean Spanos that they will return
next season. Pagano is the brother of Chuck Pagano, defensive co-ordinator of
the Baltimore Ravens. Pagano said the moves were shocking because he considered
Manusky as close as a brother. “Its a bittersweet day,” Pagano said.” Im excited
about the opportunity, dont get me wrong, but I love him very dearly.” Turner
defended Manusky at his final news conference of the season on Monday, saying he
didnt consider the hiring of Manusky a mistake, as some in the organization
reportedly felt. “Under the circumstances, he and his staff have done a good
job,” Turner said, suggesting that the Chargers lack impact players. The
Chargers defence wasnt as aggressive as promised by Manusky, a former NFL
linebacker who coached Chargers linebackers before serving as San Franciscos
defensive co-ordinator from 2007-10.. The Chargers did lack impact players on
defence, in part because of injuries but also because top draft picks over the
years havent panned out. San Diego routed the Ravens at home on Dec. 18 to keep
its playoff hopes alive, then was eliminated from post-season contention in a
sound defeat at Detroit on Christmas Eve. After that game, Turner said: “The
biggest question is how can you play so well against Baltimore, then not play
well against Detroit? A lot of it is matchups; a lot of it is the style of
offence. We have not played well against a wide-open spread offence, whether it
be Green Bay or the way Chicago played us and threw the ball. Defensively weve
struggled against teams that spread us out and used three or four wide
receivers.” Turner denied that Manusky was a scapegoat. “Obviously, when you
make a change, thats a natural thing that people assume,” Turner said Thursday.
“I think we looked hard at what we need to do to move forward. We made a
decision about what was the direction I wanted to go, we wanted to go. John was
a part this defence for a long time, and I think hell do a good job at it.”
Pagano interviewed for the job last year before the Chargers gave Manusky a
two-year contract to replace Ron Rivera, who left to become head coach of the
Carolina Panthers. “I dont know if our philosophies are that much different. We
both kind of learned under Wade Phillips,” Pagano said, mentioning the former
Chargers defensive co-ordinator. “This was a dream of mine to become the
defensive co-ordinator here. Ive worked many years here and its something Ive
always looked forward to. ... Weve just got to play better and play smarter. See
the ball and go tackle the guy with the ball and good things will happen.”
Pagano wont label his style. “Theres no signature. I dont have that attacking
style or this or that. Were going to put pressure on the quarterback. Weve got
to create turnovers and weve got to play hard.” Turner said Pagano will bring a
mix of what he learned under Phillips, Rivera and Manusky. “We do know we need
to get better on third down,” Turner said. “We fell off a great deal there. That
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