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Saturday, January 12, 2013
Chargers' John Pagano is in limbo

By Bill Williamson

John Pagano is in a tough spot.

He is under contract with the San Diego Chargers, and there is a chance he will be kept as defensive coordinator. However, the Chargers’ coaching search is still full swing, so Pagano must wait.

In the meantime, he is missing out on opportunities. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Cleveland wants to hire Pagano as defensive coordinator. Former San Diego head coach Norv Turner is likely going to be Rob Chudzinski’s offensive coordinator. The three men worked in San Diego together. However, the Chargers aren’t letting Pagano out of his deal, because they might have plans for him.

Schefter also reported that Pagano had a chance to interview in Kansas City. Andy Reid hired Jets linebackers coach Bob Sutton to run his defense. Pagano did an excellent job in San Diego. If Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is the hire in San Diego, I expect Pagano to stay.

In other AFC West news:

Schefter reports former Chicago coach Lovie Smith wants to hire Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton as his offensive coordinator if he gets the San Diego job. Hamilton coached for Smith in the past. I think Hamilton could interest Oakland as well.

Denver had three first-team players on the Associated Press’ All-Pro squad. They are: quarterback Peyton Manning, left tackle Ryan Clady and linebacker Von Miller.