Chargers LB Coach to Interview for DC
The 49ers have asked for and received permission to interview Chargers linebackers coach Greg Manusky for their vacant defensive coordinator position.
Coach Mike Nolan has said he prefers to hire an experienced NFL coordinator to replace Billy Davis, who was fired on Jan. 2. But Manusky does not fit that profile. Manusky has been an NFL coach for only six seasons.
Manusky spent 12 seasons in the NFL as a player, and was known for his outstanding play on special teams.
After retiring from the NFL in 1999, he acted as a volunteer at the Buccaneers’ training camp, where he worked with linebackers and special teams.
He broke into the coaching ranks in 2001, as he served under Marty Schottenheimer as the Redskins linebackers coach. He moved onto the Chargers the following season when Schottenheimer got the job in San Diego.
Manusky, 40, was considered to be a candidate for the Chargers’ defensive-coordinator position if Wade Phillips is hired as the Cowboys head coach. Phillips and 49ers offensive coordinator Norv Turner have interviewed for the Cowboys’ job. Turner interviewed with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Sunday.
Manusky has only slightly more experience than 49ers assistant head coach/defense Mike Singletary, whose lack of NFL coaching experience is seen as the only reason he has not already been promoted to the job. Singletary has coached four seasons in the league.
Source: [Matt Maiocco]