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]


~ by 49ersNews on January 28, 2007.

17 Responses to “Chargers LB Coach to Interview for DC”

  1. look what he done to the linebackers in san diego. imagine. with patrick willis and him and singlestary.lawson. moore? a.thomas. are shyt is set next year

  2. dave campo would have been better than this bumm.the only thing i know is that he has been under wade phillips a year in a 3-4 and nolan in washington.

  3. how about dave mcginnis of the titans,hes been in the league for 21 years and a linebackers coach too.

  4. i think this is a good idea… he’s a linebackers coach in linebacker based defense… one of the best in the league… the linebacking core in SD is 2nd best in the league only to Baltimore’s.

  5. why not take a shot.this is like an experimental year for us now that turner is leaving.

  6. Maybe instead of that bum, who is hardly more qualified than Singletary, Nolan should just promote Singletary?

  7. Manny Lawson on roids, woohoo

  8. I’m wondering if Nolan is under the mentality that he knows Singletary is going to be a HC in this league very soon and him becoming a DC is the missing link. So maybe Nolan would rather find a DC with a more experience than Singletary (regardless of how much more) and have some continuity on the team. Because the offensive side is looking at 3 OC’s in 3 years. And the defensive side with a Singletary promotion could be looking at 3 DC’s in 4 years, assuming Singletary moves on to a HC job.

  9. Good point Erickson. Nolan does such a good job hiring quality coaches, maybe he can find someone who might last a little longer to develope players.

  10. I think we need a more secondary coach, but this is fine too.

  11. I concur with with Erickson and Lawrance, and let me add that for all the support many Niner fans have for Singletary, he never played or coached a 3-4 defense. I might be wrong, but Singletary played a lot of 4-3 and the 46. I can’t remember any Bears teams using the 3-4. And if I am right then is the main reason Nolan is seeking coaches from the outside. The only thing that worries me about Manusky is he has never called plays. Regardless, Nolan, thru all of this adversity coaching wise this offseason, wants to upgrade the position. That will be hard to do with the OC, but if we go with Sullivan then at least we’d have continuity. Excuse my long response.

  12. Adam…I’d prefer a front seven guy for DC. Our corners aren’t the problem, it’s the lack of pressure/pass rush that is.

    This Manusky guy is also a possible candidate to take over in Dallas as their DC if he isn’t hired here.

  13. Yeah, back then the Bears just ran the 46 mainly.

    I see what you mean, Erickson.

  14. why dont we switch to a 4-6 and let singletary be the d. coach.we ran a 4-3 most of last year.

  15. Why is everyone caught up in this 3-4 scheme anyway? The 3-4 blows. We should just run what works for us.

  16. Remember Billy Davis was a LB coach with the Giants prior to being DC in SF.

  17. every scheme has it’s strengths and weaknesses, it’s all just a matter of coaching preference… the 3-4 is effective because the blitz can come from 4 different spots and it confuses the qb… the tampa 2 is effective because of speed, but you need a lot of speed and talent, and it is also relatively cheap to build, so you can spend more on offense, but it can be hard to acquire that much speed. the 46 hasn’t really been used in like 15 years. I don’t know that it would work anymore because the line is stacked, so if you want to have enough guys in coverage, they need to be extremely athletic to get into position, and there aren’t a whole lot of different looks to give the offense.

    Personally, I like the 3-4 because it is the most versatile and the defense can be out-talented, but still effective with the right play-calling and execution.

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