Chargers Name Greg Manusky Defensive Coordinator

The San Diego Chargers have hired Greg Manusky to coordinate their defense, the team announced on Friday.

Manusky replaces Ron Rivera, who left the team to take the Carolina Panthers' head coaching position.

"I think the organization is top-notch," Manusky said. "Talking with Norv (Turner) and knowing what his desires are as a head football coach appeals to me. Being with the players I had and coming back to coach some of them is very intriguing."

Manusky coached the Chargers' linebackers from 2002-6, and comes to San Diego after spending the previous four seasons as the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator.

"Hardcore. Relentless. Getting after people," Manusky said of his defensive philosophy. "(The Chargers) have in the past. Shoot, they were No. 1 last year and hopefully we’ll just pick up where we were last year.

"I’m going to bring some new ideas but also continue the foundation that they’ve already had and just build on it. I think with the players that we have, the sky’s the limit."

The Chargers have several key free agents on defense, including free safety (and Pro Bowl snub) Eric Weddle, and linebackers Stephen Cooper, Kevin Burnett, and Brandon Siler.

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