AFC West: Rich Bisaccia

Lovie Smith on Chargers' radar

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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.

Thoughts on Chargers' search

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It is interesting that the Chargers hired longtime personnel man Ron Wolf to consult during the general manager search. Wolf’s son, Elliot, is the Packers’ director of pro personnel. He is young, but he is considered a future general manager. Not sure if the Chargers will consider him.

Last year, Wolf helped the Raiders in their decision to bring in Reggie McKenzie as general manager. McKenzie worked for Wolf in Green Bay and Wolf worked for the late Al Davis in Oakland.

I think Wolf’s involvement in San Diego is a strong indication that in-house candidate Jimmy Raye will have major competition for the job. If the Chargers were sold on Raye, I don’t think Wolf would have been brought in to help.

Expect the general manager search to be fairly fast. The general manager is going to have a say in hiring the coach, so the process has to be swift.

The Chargers may consider keeping defensive coordinator John Pagano and special-teams coach Rich Bisaccia. Both men did a good job with their units. It may be tough for a new coach to keep a large part of the old staff, but perhaps something could be worked out.

I think the Chargers need offensive help more than anything.

The old adage in the NFL is teams hire coaches who are the opposite of the discarded coach. Norv Turner was a player’s coach. Will the Chargers go looking for a hard-edged coach?
Here are some highlights of our AFC West chat, which was held earlier Thursday:

DENVER

Sam from Denver: What are the Broncos going to do with Knowshon Moreno

Bill Williamson: He's out of their plans, it seems. He can't get on the field. Unless there is a dramatic change, he doesn't have a future in Denver.

KANSAS CITY

Seth A. from QC: Is there a reason that Ricky Stanzi is not getting a chance in Kansas City? I'm not saying he's a superstar, but they have no idea what they have with this kid, and going back and forth between Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel is clearly not the answer. At this point, why wouldn't you just start Stanzi, see if he can improve and see what you have, and then move on next year in the draft? Who knows, what if he ends up gaining confidence, and turns into a good QB?

BW: I think we can see Stanzi get a chance in December or so if Cassel and Quinn don't make strides. Why not? It wouldn't hurt to see if Stanzi has anything,

OAKLAND

Rico from Fresno: With Reggie Mac as GM, think the Raiders could trade down to accumulate draft picks?

BW: In the first round? Yeah, maybe. They have multiple needs, so it makes some sense

SAN DIEGO

Jack from San Diego: If Norv is fired, who on staff would you see taking the reigns for the rest of the year?

BW: Special teams coach Rich Bisaccia or defensive coordinator John Pagano, probably Bisaccia. The Chargers really like him. He's hardnosed and he has a lot of influence on that team.

AFC West links: Dumervil feeling good

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Denver Broncos

Cornerback Tracy Porter, whose pick-six sealed the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl XLIV victory over the Indianapolis Colts, hasn't gotten around to talking trash to new Denver teammate Peyton Manning, the man who threw that ball. "I think once we finally get settled in we'll have enough time to shoot that little joke in," Porter told USA Today. "As of right now, we're both still learning."

The Broncos' trade of backup cornerback Cassius Vaughn to Indianapolis for little-used fullback Chris Gronkowski is most significant for the fact that it's Matt Russell's first trade since taking over as director of player personnel, Mike Klis notes.

Defensive end Elvis Dumervil is "more in shape" than at this point last year, he tells the Broncos' official site, and credits the team's strength coach and a new nutrition plan.

After a Pro Bowl rookie season, Broncos linebacker Von Miller landed the Denver Athletic Club's Colorado Athlete of the Year award.

Kansas City Chiefs

Coach Romeo Crennel, who grew up in a military family, and linebacker Caleb Campbell, a West Point grad who holds the rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Army, were among a Chiefs contingent that visited a junior high school at nearby Fort Leavenworth.

Oakland Raiders

With more talent on his side of the ball than on defense, new Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp is going to need to keep the unit humming and take some pressure off Dennis Allen's defense, Mark Purdy writes in the San Jose Mercury News.

Mike Goodson, an offseason trade acquisition from Carolina, is making an impression with coaches in his quest to win the backup running back job.

San Diego Chargers

General manager A.J. Smith laughed off Las Vegas picking the Chargers to finish second in the division, behind Denver. "I couldn't care less about predictions," Smith told U-T San Diego on Wednesday. "It's fun to do, and it stimulates conversation."

Coach Norv Turner told season-ticket holders during a conference call that he'll lean "heavily" on special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia this season after Bisaccia was given the title of assistant head coach.

Evening AFC West notes

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The Chargers announced they have signed receiver/returner Micheal Spurlock. He had previous success under current San Diego special-teams coach Rich Bisaccia in Tampa Bay. With the earlier signings of Eddie Royal and Roscoe Parrish, the Chargers are loaded with receivers who can return. Of the three, only Royal is certain to make the team, but I’d expect Parrish, signed Tuesday, and Spurlock to compete for a spot.

It is not a slam-dunk that defensive end Dave Tollefson will sign with the Raiders. However, as of Wednesday evening, Oakland is still considered the favorite to land him. He is set to visit with the Titans on Thursday; other teams are interested. The Raiders might be willing to give Tollefson the most money. He will be a key backup if he signs in Oakland.

Defensive end Luis Castillo -- who re-signed with the Chargers on Wednesday after being cut in a salary-cap move -- is prepared to regain his starting job. He suffered a leg injury in Week 1 last season and was out for the year. The Chargers are high on young ends Corey Liuget and Vaughn Martin. At the very least, Castillo will be part of San Diego's rotation.

Oakland continues to add to staff

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Johnny Lynn is Oakland’s new defensive backs coach. He worked with new Oakland defensive coordinator Jason Tarver in San Francisco. Lynn was recently fired by Philadelphia.

New Oakland coach Dennis Allen has hired several coaches on this staff who were fired from their last job. That doesn’t necessarily mean he is hiring bad coaches. This is a tough business and if you’re a coach, you are very likely going to be fired at some point in your career.

Fox Sports reports former interim Tulane head coach Mark Hutson will coach the Raiders’ tight ends.

In other AFC West news:

Sports Illustrated reports that Richard Seymour’s full $15 million contract for 2012 has already kicked in. Thus, he is not a candidate to be cut in Oakland.

In an Insider piece, Mel Kiper looks at how badly Denver needs to replace 38-year-old safety Brian Dawkins.

The Chargers hired Byron Storer as special teams assistant. He played under San Diego special teams coach Rich Bisaccia in Tampa Bay.

New York Knicks’ sudden star Jeremy Lin said he draws inspiration from Tim Tebow.
Is Arizona a refuge for former AFC West coaches?

NFL.com reported that former Kansas City coach Todd Haley is talking to the Cardinals about joining the staff. Haley talked to Arizona earlier this month, but there were reports he likely wouldn’t go there. Monday, former Oakland coach Hue Jackson reportedly also interviewed with Cardinals about their quarterback-coaching job.

It is feasible that Haley and Jackson could both end up on the Cardinals’ staff, but I’d be surprised to see that happen. I would think Haley and Jackson would both like to be in a situation where they can stick out. Incidentally, Jackson was not thrilled with Haley after the Chiefs won at Oakland last season.

In other AFC West news:

The Chargers promoted special teams coach Rich Bisaccia to assistant head coach. He received interest from the University of Tennessee. Bisaccia was hired last year and he helped turn around the NFL’s worst special teams in 2010.

“Rich was a great addition to our staff a year ago and made a real impact on our team last season,” San Diego coach Norv Turner said in a release. “He has a lot to offer our team and I’ll be leaning on his years of experience in all areas of our football team.”

As expected, the Chargers announced former Carolina defensive backs coach Ron Meeks took the same job in San Diego. He replaces Steve Wilks, who, coincidently, is the new secondary coach in Carolina. The Chargers are still looking for a linebackers coach.
The Oakland Raiders' coaching search is taking a turn.

The Bears’ website reports that the Raiders have decided not to interview Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice for their head-coaching job. It reports the Raiders are concentrating on a second interview with Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen. It is not known if anyone else will get a second interview. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that Philadelphia offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg may be a favorite.

This news signals the Raiders want to wrap up the process and it likely means new Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie believes he has already talked to the man he wants to hire.

If Allen does get the job, Denver will be looking for its seventh defensive coordinator in seven years.

In other AFC West news:

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports former Panthers secondary coach Ron Meeks is expected to be hired for the same job with the Chargers. Meanwhile, Chargers special-teams coach Rich Bisaccia is no longer in the mix for the same job with the Tennessee Volunteers. That’s a good thing for the Chargers. Their special-teams play improved under Bisaccia in 2011.

The Bears announced Chiefs college scouting director Phil Emery is one of two finalists for their general manager job. There was a report earlier Monday that said he has been offered the job, but the Bears denied it.
Could the San Diego Chargers be on the verge of losing their special teams coach to the college ranks?

Our SEC blogger, Chris Low, reports that the Tennessee Volunteers are once again trying to pursue Rich Bisaccia to become their special teams coordinator. He could also get the associate head coach label as well.

It is not known if Bisaccia would be interested in going to the college ranks. He was offered the job two years ago before Lane Kiffin bolted to USC.

The Chargers would miss Bisaccia. He is considered a premier special-teams coach. The unit made major strides under Bisaccia in 2011 after it had a disastrous season in 2010. This will be an interesting situation to monitor because San Diego would have to make an important hire if Bisaccia does leave.
Here are some thoughts from the Chargers’ 24-17 loss to Seattle in their preseason opener on Thursday night on ESPN:

The first-team offense is nice: The expectations in this post-lockout world have been that established offenses would be further along than teams with major change. The Chargers are virtually the same offense as they were last season.

The first-team offense looked like it’s been working daily all year. Quarterback Philip Rivers led San Diego on an impressive 10-play, 89-yard drive in five minutes, 33 seconds. Rivers completed 5 of 6 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown pass. The Chargers cruised down the field as if it were November.

The fact that Rivers led more than 40 players in four-times-as-week workouts beginning in March makes it’s easy to understand why the first-team offense clicked so well.

Happiness on special teams: The Chargers’ area that needs the most improvement is the special teams. It got off to a terrific start in 2011 under new coach Rich Bisaccia. Bryan Walters energized his team with a 103-yard kickoff return in the third quarter. Even though it is just the preseason, the entire stadium erupted and Bisaccia acted like he just won the Super Bowl. You can’t blame the Chargers for reveling in the moment. After a year in which special-teams misery cost them a playoff spot, this was a welcome moment.

VJ-Rivers combination is back: The highlight of that first drive was a 48-yard pass from Rivers to No. 1 receiver Vincent Jackson, who held out for much of last season. Prior to last season, Rivers and Jackson developed a tremendous chemistry and it is clear the combination is back in form. This will make San Diego’s offense, which was ranked No. 1 in the NFL last year, even more dangerous.

Mathews has nice hands: Rivers told me this week when I visited the Chargers’ camp that he was impressed by how second-year running back Ryan Mathews was coming around in the passing game. Mathews made a nifty 9-yard catch on that first drive. If he can continue to make strides, Mathews can help make up for what is lost in the passing game with the departure of free-agent Darren Sproles, who is now in New Orleans.

New coordinator, same nasty D: This was the debut of new defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. He replaces Ron Rivera, who is now the head coach in Carolina and who led the Chargers to the NFL's No. 1-ranked defense last season. I heard good things about Manusky, and Thursday, his defense came out and looked great. The Chargers’ defense was swarming and aggressive -- just the way Manusky likes it. Seattle didn’t pass midfield in the first half. It seems like this defense is still in good hands.

Liuget is explosive: A big part of the new defense is first-round pick Corey Liuget. He was drafted for his speed and his ability to quickly get into the backfield. The Illinois product displayed that Thursday night, and the Chargers have to be thrilled. He is didn’t have an offseason program, signed late and missed some camp time. Yet, he looks ready to go.

Todman looks good: The Chargers have been thrilled about sixth-round running back Jordan Todman. They thought they got a steal when he lasted until the sixth round and they loved the way he worked in camp. The hope is he can replace Sproles. After his first preseason game, that hope shouldn’t change. Todman looked good Thursday. He had 30 yards rushing on six totes and he added 21 yards on four catches.

Third stringers not so much: The Seahawks outscored San Diego 24-7 in the second half. It was a tough game for San Diego undrafted rookie quarterback Scott Tolzien, who has been impressive in camp. He led a good drive at the end of the game that fell just short of the end zone. Overall, this was a good night for San Diego, just not for many of players who likely won’t make the roster.

Three things: Chargers-Seahawks

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Three things to watch for in San Diego’s preseason opener against visiting Seattle on Thursday night. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Special teams: The San Diego special teams' cost the Chargers a playoff spot last year. The unit was a disaster. New special teams coach Rich Bisaccia has a great reputation and should be able to help this unit. It starts in this game. San Diego head coach Norv Turner raved this week about Bisaccia’s impact on the unit. He expects instant dividends. Turner also said the Chargers have improved their talent at several areas of special teams. So, it’s clear the team is ready to see what this group has to offer against the Seahawks.

Donald Butler and Jonas Mouton: The two young inside linebackers are fighting for a starting point. Butler was a third-round pick last year who missed the entire season with an injury. Mouton was a second-round pick this year. This is a big test for both players as the Chargers look for a replacement for the steady Kevin Burnett, who signed with Miami. If neither Butler nor Mouton plays well, the Chargers may have to consider outside options. But if the youngsters play well, as the team expects, their will chances of further contributions should both increase.

Bob Sanders: The new San Diego safety has played in just nine games in the past three seasons while with the Colts. He is healthy and is expected to be a difference maker for the Chargers’ defense. There was a major buzz about Sanders this week at the team’s training camp. Several people said Sanders still has blazing speed and he is flying around the field. I spoke to Sanders and he is bouncing off the walls. He is excited about being healthy again. We won’t see Sanders a lot Thursday night, but I know he is ready to play again.

Camp Confidential: Chargers

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SAN DIEGO -- If anything beneficial came out of the San Diego Chargers’ early-season stumbles in 2010, it was that the team that always seemed to be living dangerously had finally learned its lesson.

Starting slow can catch up to a team. In the three previous seasons under coach Norv Turner, the Chargers overcame slow starts with torrid finishes that resulted in AFC West championships. It didn’t happen last year. San Diego couldn’t overcome an early 2-5 hole and finished 9-7, allowing the upstart Kansas City Chiefs to steal the division title.

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AP Photo/Charlie RiedelThe Chargers stumbled out of the gate last year to a 2-7 record, thanks partially to a rash of turnovers.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said earlier in this abbreviated training camp that the Chargers must learn from last year’s disappointment and find a way to finally start fast.

Turner is all for starting fast, and he said one emphasis during camp is working to fix what has made the Chargers vulnerable in recent seasons. San Diego's offense has often been sloppy early on, committing too many turnovers. Last season, the Chargers committed 18 turnovers in their first seven games.

“We’ve played good football, but the turnovers hurt us,” Turner said. “When we didn’t turn the ball over, we’d win. That’s what we’re working on. I think the key is not talking about the slow starts, but working on the reason why we started slow.”

THREE HOT ISSUES

1. Getting special teams up to speed. The 2010 Chargers will be remembered for assembling perhaps the worst special-teams unit of all time. San Diego had the No. 1-ranked offense and No. 1-ranked defense in the NFL last year, yet it didn’t make the playoffs because of special teams, which cost the Chargers in every imaginable way. The Chargers have put a major emphasis on the unit during camp. Special-teams practice segments are long and spirited. New special-teams coach Rich Bisaccia is well-respected and determined to get his players on track.

“It is a major point of emphasis in this camp,” Turner said.

2. Get Ryan Mathews ready. This is a big camp for Mathews, the running back who was the No. 12 overall pick in 2010. He alarmed the team when he failed a conditioning test at the start of training camp. Teammates reportedly were surprised Mathews failed the test, and he admitted he should have worked out his legs more during the lockout. That is the last thing a team wants to hear from its rich 24-year-old tailback of the future. He is currently dealing with a minor leg injury that is expected to keep him out of the preseason opener against Seattle. Mathews had durability issues last year, although he flashed at times, and he must show during camp that he is ready to be a lead back and can stay healthy.

“Ryan has to get some carries,” Turner said. “We need to get him some work.”

Turner expects Mathews to continue to work in tandem with powerful veteran Mike Tolbert, who looks as fearsome as always. Tolbert is an underrated weapon. Look for him to see more action in all phases of the run game as Mathews tries to develop.

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Christopher Hanewinckel/US PresswireVeteran safety Bob Sanders has struggled to stay healthy the past few seasons, but has looked good in camp.
3. The veteran safeties. Oft-injured Bob Sanders looks good. It may be too much to ask for the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year to return to his peak form, considering he has played in nine games over the past three years, but Sanders looks primed to bounce back. He and fellow safety Eric Weddle, who last month signed a $40 million deal to stay in San Diego, seem to have a strong on-field connection. They should be fun to watch and should benefit from playing with each other.

“Bob has been amazing,” Weddle reports. “There’s no rust there.”

BIGGEST SURPRISE

The Chargers have their starting receivers together. That wasn’t expected.

The Chargers wanted to bring back No. 2 wideout Malcom Floyd, but they thought they would be outbid for Floyd's services. The market didn't develop as expected, though, so Floyd took a two-year deal that could be worth as much as $7 million to stay in San Diego.

That means the Chargers have No. 1 receiver Vincent Jackson (who held out for much of last season, and was given the franchise tag this year) and Floyd in the fold. Last year, because of a rash of injuries at the position, Rivers was throwing to street free agents at the end of the season. Having Jackson and Floyd at his disposal will be a treat for Rivers, who threw for 4,710 yards last season.

Add veteran Patrick Crayton and third-round possession receiver Vincent Brown, and the Chargers’ receiving corps is stronger than it was expected to be.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

The Chargers couldn’t come to a contract agreement with inside linebacker Kevin Burnett. He was a priority for the team, but Burnett ended up being the one who got away from the Chargers, who otherwise enjoyed a strong free-agent period.

In the end, Burnett wanted more than San Diego was willing to offer, and he ended up signing with Miami.

Burnett had a good season for the Chargers in 2010, with 95 tackles and six sacks, and San Diego wanted him back as part of its 3-4 defense. Now a young player probably will be inserted opposite free-agent signee Takeo Spikes on the inside. Right now, 2010 draft pick Donald Butler (who missed all of his rookie year with an injury) is getting those repetitions with the first team. Second-round pick Jonas Mouton will have a chance to impress in the preseason too, and the Chargers could look for a veteran if the youngsters show they are not ready.

OBSERVATION DECK

  • New defensive coordinator Greg Manusky -- who replaced Ron Rivera, now the head coach in Carolina -- lets his presence be known. He is a high-energy coach who is not afraid to bark instructions constantly. No need to worry about the San Diego defense falling flat after being ranked No. 1 in the NFL last year.
  • Spikes has looked good. He is 34, but he played for Manusky in San Francisco last year and has Manusky's trust. Spikes has never played for a winner and seems energized by being part of this roster.
  • Rookie free-agent quarterback Scott Tolzien has looked good in camp. The Wisconsin product is a smart player who may be a nice developmental prospect.
  • The Chargers are not overly concerned about the foot injury hampering star tight end Antonio Gates, who started camp on the physically unable to perform list because of the plantar fascia injury that ended his 2010 season prematurely. The team will be cautious, and Gates is expected to be ready for the season.
  • Louis Vasquez and Tyronne Green continue to vie for the right guard spot. Vasquez had been the starter, but Green proved to be a worthy injury replacement for Vasquez and now is hoping for more playing time.
  • Sixth-round pick Jordan Todman is running the ball well. He could make a contribution as a rookie replacement for the departed Darren Sproles.
  • Cornerback Antoine Cason is going to take over punt returns now that Sproles is gone.
  • Defensive tackle Antonio Garay doesn’t look like a one-year wonder. He is having a strong camp after a huge season in 2010.
  • The Chargers have loved what they've seen from rookie cornerback Marcus Gilchrist so far. He may have a chance to contribute.
  • Last year, Chargers camp was dampened by the holdouts of Jackson and left tackle Marcus McNeill. This year, there is contract harmony after several players received new deals. It wouldn't surprise me to see Tolbert, Cason and center Nick Hardwick also get new deals in the next year.

Chargers back-to-work FYI

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Readiness factor: The Chargers may be one of the most prepared teams in the NFL after the long lockout. Quarterback Philip Rivers has held workouts with many players since March, and several players got together four days a week. It won’t completely match the usual supervised time with the coaching staff, but the Chargers should be in sync. This is a veteran group that should be ready to go.

Biggest challenge: There are two new coaches in major roles. Greg Manusky is taking over the defense and Rich Bisaccia is taking over the special teams. Manusky is a former San Diego coach and will run the same system former defensive coordinator Ron Rivera employed. Because special-teams units often change during the season anyway, that group should have no problem learning on the fly. So, although there is a new flavor on the staff, the Chargers should be fine.

Free agency will be a factor: San Diego has several key free agents, including running back Darren Sproles, receiver Malcom Floyd, safety Eric Weddle, tackle Jeromey Clary and linebacker Kevin Burnett. Weddle, Clary and Burnett may be priorities; Floyd and Sproles could get solid offers elsewhere. Still, the Chargers will have immediate work to do and may have to sign some replacement players at key spots, which hasn’t been a tendency during the A.J. Smith era.

Key players without contracts for 2011: Sproles, Floyd, Weddle, Clary, Burnett.
Norv Turner admits he’s been in the NFL for a long time. So, the fact that the NFL lockout is preventing teams from beginning their offseason conditioning program isn’t throwing the San Diego Chargers’ coach for a loop yet.

Turner said he won’t get nervous about not seeing his players unless the lockout extends past the April 28-30 draft.

“Up until May, I really don’t think things will be much different than what we do normally,” Turner told the San Diego Union Tribune. “Coaches are involved in the draft (at the end of April), but we don’t have a major role. At this time of year, as always, we’re looking at ourselves, looking at ways to get better. That hasn’t changed.

“This time of year, we don’t have much interaction with players. It will be a lot different if it’s like this in May. If nothing’s done by May, it obviously could be a lot different. Maybe I’m dating myself, but there are guys like me still around who coached when there were just three-day mini-camps and no offseason programs. There’s less reason to panic than if this were to happen in May and June.”

Still, Turner acknowledged there will be a time when it will be necessary to get his players together. The Chargers have a new defensive coordinator in Greg Manusky, a former San Diego assistant, and a new special teams coach in Rich Bisaccia.

“We would go through it a bit with Rich coming in to coach special teams and Greg taking over the defense, although he has been in our system, and a lot of the terminology will be the same,” Turner said. “We have a new special teams coach, different personality, different system. We all try to do too much. In this case, less could be better. So, you’d better be ready to streamline what you’re doing, because there may not be a lot of time to waste.”

I think Turner is taking a realistic approach. The time lost now can be made up, but if this lockout drags into the summer and starts to eat into training-camp time in late July, Turner and his fellow coaches will get nervous. The lost time could affect the level of play once the season starts.

AFC West coaching staffs

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Thanks to ESPN Stats and Information’s Russell S. Baxter, here is a look at the complete coaching staffs of each AFC West team:

Denver: John Fox

Dennis Allen, defensive coordinator

Mike McCoy, offensive coordinator

Jeff Rodgers, special teams coordinator

Clancy Barone, tight ends

Keith Burns, assistant special teams

Brian Callahan, quality control/offense

Adam Gase, quarterbacks

Sam Garnes, assistant secondary

Justin Lovett, strength and conditioning assistant

Dave Magazu, offensive line

Ron Milus, secondary

Wayne Nunnely, defensive line

Jay Rodgers, quality control/defense

Greg Saporta, strength and conditioning assistant

Richard Smith, linebackers

Eric Studesville, running backs

Tyke Tolbert, wide receivers

Rich Tuten, strength and conditioning

Kansas City: Todd Haley

Romeo Crennel, defensive coordinator

Bill Muir, offensive coordinator/offensive line

Maurice Carthon, assistant head coach

Richie Anderson, wide receivers

Mike Clark, strength and conditioning

Gary Gibbs, linebackers

Steve Hoffman, special teams

Bernie Parmalee, tight ends

Pat Perles, assistant offensiveBe Line

Anthony Pleasant, defensive Line

Brent Salazar, assistant strength and conditioning

Nick Sirianni, offensive quality control

Otis Smith, defensive quality control

Emmitt Thomas, defensive backs

Adam Zimmer, defensive assistant/assistant linebackers

Jim Zorn, quarterbacks

Oakland: Hue Jackson

Al Saunders, offensive coordinator

Chuck Bresnahan, defensive coordinator

John Fassel, special teams coordinator

Greg Biekert, linebackers

Chuck Bresnahan, defensive coach

Willie Brown, squad development

Adam Henry, tight ends

Sanjay Lal, wide receivers

Brad Roll, strength and conditioning

Kevin Ross, assistant coach, safeties

Kelly Skipper, running backs

Mike Waufle, defensive line

Steve Wisniewski, assistant offensive line

Rod Woodson, assistant coach, cornerbacks

Bob Wylie, offensive line

San Diego: Norv Turner

Clarence Shelmon, offensive coordinator

Greg Manusky, defensive coordinator

Rich Bisaccia, special teams

Cris Dishman, assistant secondary

Steve Gera, coaches assistant

Hal Hunter, offensive line

Jeff Hurd, strength and conditioning

Don Johnson, defensive line

Charlie Joiner, wide receivers

Jason Michael, tight ends

John Pagano, linebackers

John Ramsdell, quarterbacks

Vernon Stephens, assistant strength and conditioning

Mike Sullivan, offensive line

Steve Wilks, assistant head coach-secondary

Greg Williams, assistant linebackers

Ollie Wilson, running backs

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