Friday, January 18, 2013
Keeping Pagano right call for Chargers
By Bill Williamson
Mike McCoy continues to make impressive moves with his first NFL coaching staff.
The San Diego Chargers have announced defensive coordinator John Pagano will stay with the team. Joe Barry (linebackers), Greg Williams (assistant linebackers) and Don Johnson (defensive line) will be retained as well. They are not expected to bring back defensive backs coach Ron Meeks and secondary assistant Cris Dishman. Keeping Pagano was an expected, but critical, move. He did a fine job in his first season on the job in 2012 and deserves to be back. San Diego has good, young talent on defense and they responded well to Pagano. Having continuity and the same scheme on that side of the ball is vital.
He has also made impressive hires by getting offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and quarterback coach Frank Reich.
Meanwhile, potential offensive coordinators for the Oakland Raiders are coming off the market . Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is the new coordinator with the Colts. Among the candidates that have been connected to Oakland are Mike Martz, Greg Olsen and Oakland assistant Al Saunders. There is a belief Saunders could emerge as the leading candidate.
Oakland’s offensive coordinator spot is the lone remaining high-profile job in the division. Greg Knapp was fired Dec. 31 and every other team in the division has hired at least one coordinator. I’d be surprised if the Raiders don't make a hire before Monday.
A special teams coaching candidate could be Bobby April. He has been a special teams coach in six NFL cities. He was with new Kansas City coach Andy Reid with the Eagles the past three years.
The Chiefs signed defensive lineman Daniel Muir. He spent some time with the Jets last season with new Kansas City defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. He was originally signed by the Packers in 2007 where new Kansas City general manager John Dorsey worked.