AFC West: Loive Smith

Evening AFC West notes

January, 11, 2013
Catching up on the happenings of the AFC West after a long travel day:

The Chargers interviewed Lovie Smith on Friday and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley on Thursday. Former Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt is expected to interview Saturday.

Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden are also candidates. There have also been reports Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy could be a candidate in San Diego. He has had several interviews already. The Chargers will likely fill the job by the end of next week.
  • As expected, Denver ruled backup cornerback Tracy Porter out of Saturday’s game against Baltimore because of a concussion. Everyone else on the roster is expected to be available to play.
The San Diego Chargers coaching search is kicking into high gear.

New general manager Tom Telesco is interviewing former Chicago coach Lovie Smith on Friday, according to U-T San Diego. Smith has long been expected to be a favorite for the job, along with Colts’ offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Arians is supposed to interview in San Diego on Monday.

I think Smith would be a great choice, but the problem is he was fired in Chicago because his offense sagged. San Diego needs more help on offense than on defense.

Still, Smith’s experience is impressive.

U-T San Diego also reports former Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt will interview for the job Saturday.
Now that the Kansas City Chiefs have hired Andy Reid, the coaching-search spotlight within the division is squarely on San Diego.

Some interesting names are emerging.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports San Diego is one of several teams interested in Syracuse coach Doug Marrone. He is a former offensive coordinator in New Orleans and his name is getting hot. U-T San Diego reports that former NFL coach and current UCLA coach Jim Mora is a candidate.

The paper reports that Mora would bring Noel Mazzone as his offensive coordinator. Mazzone was the offensive coordinator for San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers when he played at North Carolina State. The two men remain close and work out together in the offseason.

Getting Rivers back to his old self would be the Chargers’ quickest way to being successful again, so it’s a worthwhile notion.

Former Chicago coach Lovie Smith and Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians are also candidates in San Diego.

The Chargers are still very much in the process of finding a general manager. Schefter is reporting they are interviewing the Giants’ Marc Ross on Saturday. They have interviewed several people and that process is expected to be done before the hiring of a coach. U-T San Diego reports in-house candidate Jimmy Raye and Colts executive Tom Telesco may be the favorites. If Telesco gets the job, Arians could become an even bigger candidate.

In other AFC West news:

CBS Sports report that Doug Pederson could be Reid’s offensive coordinator. He was Reid’s quarterbacks coach the past two years with the Eagles.

San Diego linebacker Takeo Spikes and Oakland Mike Goodson were both fined $7,875 for fighting Sunday. They were both ejected from the game. It may have been Spikes’ last game. The 15-season veteran may retire.

The Chargers announced most of their 2013 tickets will remain the same price as in 2012 or be reduced. The team had trouble selling out games in 2012.