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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
will be a big part of our emphasis.” Pagano spent the last 10 seasons on San
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discussed the most disappointing QB/WR combo in the league, where the Blue
Bombers go from here and if there is a team that can de-throne the B.C. Lions.
First Down: Which QB/WR combination has been most disappointing in 2012? a)Henry
Burris/Andy Fantuz (HAM) b) Travis Lulay/Geroy Simon (BC) c) Steven Jyles &
Kerry Joseph/Fred Stamps (EDM) d) Anthony Calvillo/Jamel Richardson (MTL) Doug
Brown: I have to go with Burris and Fantuz out in Hamilton. Not only are they a
3-7 football team but over the last three games, Fantuz has only been catching
two balls a game. This is a guy that is makes over $200,000 a season, to me that
spells unproductivity. Milt Stegall: I agree, Burris and Fantuz.  Fantuz was the
big off-season signing and these two guys were supposed to lead Hamilton back to
the Grey Cup and they havent done that, they need to step up their game. Chris
Schultz: I miss Anthony Calvillo to Jamel Richardson. At this time last year
they had over 1,000 yards of productive football, now hes at 422.  I understand
injuries, I understand dropped passes but its personal and I miss them. Second
Down: After Friday nights loss dropped the Blue Bombers to 2-9 what should they
do right now? a)Stay the course b) Start slowly preparing for the future c) Blow
up the roster d) Blow up the front office Schultz: Stay the course, until you
are mathematiccally eliminated you have a chance. Michael Oher Womens Jersey. . Am I saying you
have a chance? Yes thats exactly what Im saying, stay the course. Brown:I think
the Bombers have to prepare for the future. This season is already a write-off
and the opportunity right now is to look at all of these young and inexperienced
players. Give those players the chance to develop and look forward to the future
because I say 2012 is already finished. Stegall: You have to stay the course,
this is professional football, you play your best players. They deserve that and
the fans deserve that. If you dont think you have the best players on the field
you get some different players, but you stay the course. Third Down: The B.C.
Lions are still the team to beat.  Who is best equipped to defeat them for the
Grey Cup? a)Montreal b) Calgary c) Toronto or D) Call an Audible Stegall: Im
going with the Toronto Argonauts and I say that because of their defence. This
is the only team in the CFL that hasnt lost a game by double digits, their
defence is playing great. If Ricky Ray really brings on his game, they may be
the Grey Cup Champions. Schultz: Im taking the Montreal Alouettes; never
underestimate Marc Trestman as a head coach. Brown: Calling an audible, because
the only team that can beat the B.C. Lions is the B.C. Lions. Theyve already
hammered all of these teams were talking about. Their own enemy and worst
nightmare is themselves if they can maintain this current level of performance.
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