Now that the secret is out for the San Diego Chargers and team owner/President Dean Spanos has said that both Head Coach Norv Turner and General Manager A.J. Smith will fired following the conclusion of the 2012 season, the team must begin its search for a new regime to take the reigns. The cupboard isn’t bare in San Diego so it should attract plenty of big name candidates, but just who is the biggest name on that list?
Why current Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid, of course.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said publicly prior to this season beginning that if the team failed to make a substantial improvement this year on 2011’s 8-8 mark they would be turning the page on the Reid era in Philly. The best they can finish at this point is 7-9 which will likely be the end of the line for Reid with the Eagles.
Now I’m sure many are wondering why the Chargers would want to hire a coach who went through similar failures on the other side of the country to the ones the Bolts experienced in recent years. The fact that Reid had the Eagles in five conference title games and one Super Bowl appearance is proof enough that Reid is just what is needed in San Diego.
Marty Schottenheimer was dismissed by the Bolts in 2006 because he failed to win in the playoffs and now Turner will finally be let go due to his increasingly ineffective message. Reid offers the perfect mix of a coach with the motivational skills of Marty and the Xs and Os of Norv. His proven record in the postseason gives him instant credibility in the locker room and his style of offense would fit very well with most of the personnel already on the Chargers’ roster.
Reid is a disciple of Mike Holmgren and the old Bill Walsh coaching tree where the West Coast offense rules. Rather than trying to stretch the field vertically as Turner has done predictably for the better part of the past half-decade in San Diego, Reid’s system would utilize running back Ryan Mathews properly in the screen game and most definitely get Antonio Gates plenty of touches as well.
Quarterback Philip Rivers would absolutely thrive in a system with less vertical passing as well. Although he will never admit it, Rivers is best suited to make the accurate, more conservative throws in space and allow his receivers to do the work. A hire like this would allow the Chargers to maintain the majority of their current personnel and still be a contender in year one of Reid’s tenure.
For Reid, the move makes total sense as he is a west coast guy born and raised in California. He owns a home halfway between his hometown of Los Angeles and San Diego. This would be a total slam dunk if the chain of circumstances plays itself out as everyone is anticipating at season’s end.
While all of this is still dependent upon Turner and Smith actually getting the axe in San Diego and Reid also being let go in Philly, the idea sounds really good to fans who have been mired in mediocrity for far too long. It’s about time team ownership takes a stand and sends a message to the fans that this perpetual average play will no longer be tolerated. Dumping the current regime and hiring Reid would do more than send a message, it would make the Chargers immediate contenders in the AFC in 2013.
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