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Friday, January 21, 2011
San Diego coaching news

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The San Diego Chargers have filled another key spot on their coaching staff.

San Diego announced it has hired Jason Michael to coach the team’s tight ends. The 32-year-old Michael gets a plum job. He is now in charge of coaching superstar tight end Antonio Gates. Michael was last San Francisco’s quarterback coach. He was on the staff of San Diego coach Norv Turner in Oakland in 2005.

Michael replaces Rob Chudzinski, who is now Carolina’s offensive coordinator. Chudzinski joined the staff of Ron Rivera, who was San Diego’s defensive coordinator.

Meanwhile, it doesn’t appear that Dave Wannstedt will join Turner’s staff. He is expected to go to Buffalo. Turner and Wannstedt are close friends and were on Dallas’ staff in the early 1990s. There was talk Wannstedt could join San Diego’s staff.

In other mid-day AFC West notes, here’s a look how Denver quarterback Kyle Orton could fit in Arizona. There will be takers for Orton and I think this is a real possibility.

Former Green Bay salary cap man Andrew Brandt is joining my bandwagon and he believes there’s a strong chance Nnamdi Asomugha will end up back in Oakland. Welcome aboard, Andrew. I may be wrong and things can change, but I just don’t see Asomugha leaving Oakland.

In a rarity, Broncos general manager Brian Xanders answered fans' questions in the Denver Post. It is another sign of the team’s attempt to reconnect with its fan base.