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Sunday, December 25, 2011
Coaching carousel revving up in S.D.

By Bill Williamson

Now that the San Diego Chargers have been eliminated from the playoffs, expect to hear many names connected to the possible coaching job.

The New York Post reported the Chargers have interviewed former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher and that he is interested.

Cowher, however, has maintained he will not coach next year and the San Diego Union Tribune reports that two sources inside the San Diego organization “unequivocally and vehemently” denies that Cowher has been interviewed.

Norv Turner may be fired after two straight seasons without a playoff appearance. If Cowher was indeed ready to return to the field and the Chargers are ready to open up their wallet, I think it would be a great pairing. But this is the early stage of the process in San Diego.

In other AFC West news:

There is concern in Denver about the persistent Brian Dawkins' neck injury that knocked him out of the loss at Buffalo on Sunday. It is too early to tell if the injury will keep him out of next week’s critical home game against Kansas City.

If the injury does keep Dawkins out next week, he could have played his last game in Denver or even his last game. Dawkins is 38 and he has been Denver’s emotional leader since he joined the team in 2009. This injury, however, may signal the end of a great career.