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Lovie Smith on Chargers' radar

1/3/2013

The San Diego Chargers may be looking at a big fish themselves.

As Andy Reid reportedly closes in on being hired in Kansas City, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Chargers have been trying to get in on Reid and also want to interview former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith.

If talks fall through with the Chiefs -- it looks like he will end up in Kansas City, though -- Reid could come in to play for the Chargers. Regardless, it seems like the Chargers will look at Smith, who was fired by Chicago on Monday.

I like Smith a lot. He is a fine coach. He is an experienced winner. He is a proven NFL coach.

But I’m not sure he fits with the Chargers. The reason why Smith -- a defensive specialist -- was fired in Chicago after a 10-6 season is he couldn’t find a way to make it work offensively. Smith went through several offensive coordinators and he couldn’t find offensive consistency over the years.

The Chargers’ biggest need area is on offense, as the biggest issue is a lack of talent. But if Smith couldn’t get anything going offensively in Chicago, how can he do it in San Diego?

He would need to bring a big offensive mind with him to make this work. While there is a lot to like about Smith, the offensive question looms large.

Meanwhile, I think the Chargers will miss special teams coach Rich Bisaccia. His contract was up and he is no longer with the team. He joined the Auburn staff Thursday, He is a good football man and he did a good job. Every other coach other than receivers coach Charlie Joiner is under contract. The future of the rest of the staff will be decided by the new brass.